So. Bertie went home this morning and I’m back to solitary confinement. I’m sad about this. These are the photos from our last couple of days together.
Prior to this pandemic, thanks to Brexit and the ensuing culture war, Britain has been engulfed in political turmoil for three years. Each day seemed to bring a new political calamity, which was then promptly forgotten when the next one happened 24 hours later. Weeks felt like months, months felt like years. I really regret not keeping a simple note of events as they happened, just so I could look back and try and make some sense of it all.
So during this period I’ve decided to sum up the weekly events that have struck me the most, from the deadly serious to the absurdly ridiculous. If my tone seems flippant at times…well, we all have our own way of getting through this horror.
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This week in The Coronapocalypse:
- Italy begins to ease lockdown after eight weeks, with parks reopening and relatives reunited
- Contact-tracing smartphone app piloted on Isle of Wight
- Five Eyes Alliance contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab
- Virgin Atlantic to axe 3000 jobs and shut Gatwick operations
- More than half of UK adults receiving some form of state financial help
- Air France, KLM and Lufthansa make face masks compulsory for all passengers
- Key Government Covid-19 advisor resigns after breaching social distancing rules with visit from ‘mistress’ (note to tabloid editors: nobody has had a ‘mistress’ since about 1890)
- Bank of England predicts economy 2020 will be biggest economic slump in 300 years
- 400,000 emergency PPE gowns flown in from Turkey fail quality control checks
- Britons commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and remember those who died in WWII, whilst many of the survivors die in care homes
- Britons celebrate VE Day with socially-distant street parties
- President Trump says coronavirus will “go away without a vaccine” but offers no scientific evidence
- 14-day quarantine proposed for air passengers
- Government announces £2bn plan to encourage more cycling and walking
Worldwide cases: 4,152,885 (previous week 3,484,558)
Worldwide deaths: 282,733 (previous week 244,786 )
UK cases: 219,183 (previous week 182,260 )
UK deaths: 31,855 (previous week 28,131)