So that we never forget.....
-Today is Monday 13th April 2020 🗓
-Its Easter Monday 🐣🐇🐥.
-1 month & 2 days since the Pandemic was declared.
-Day 21 of lockdown in the UK (lockdown was declared on Mon 23rd March 2020)
Some of the unprecedented events that have occurred as a direct result of the Corona Virus.....🦠
On 11th March 2020 the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) was declared a Pandemic, by the World Health Organisation (WHO).🦠
On Friday 20th March all UK schools were closed. 🏫Remote learning is now in place and parents are home-schooling their children 🎓. All GCSE and A Level exams have been cancelled.
On the evening of 23rd of March 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented a national lockdown 🚫
The Excel London is now known as NHS Nightingale and has been turned into a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom will be on ventilators. It was opened by Prince Charles (virtually, rather than in person) at 11am on 3rd April. There are also several similar venues being built and used in cities across the country (including Westpoint in Exeter).🏥
On 5th April The Queen addressed the nation at 8pm 👑 (only the 5th time she has done this, outside of her annual Christmas message).
Also on the 5th April, Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital, after 10 days of self-isolating with the Corona Virus 🧪
On the 6th April Boris was admitted to intensive care with deteriorating symptoms. Fortunately he came out of intensive care on 9th April 🩺
Many Community support groups have been established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure 🧓🏻👴🏻
Petrol ⛽️ prices are extremely low and the national average is £1.02 per litre
Gatherings are banned, you cannot socialise with anyone outside of your home. Not even your own family members 🚫
Social-distancing measures have been implemented ☹️
There is now tape on the floor at supermarkets ❌ and other essential stores to help distance shoppers 🛒 (2 metres) from each other.
There is a limit on the number of people allowed inside stores at any one time, including staff, this is causing queues outside of the store doors and in car parks🏬
Non-essential stores and businesses have been forced to close. All non essential travel is banned. People 👨💼👩💼 are told to work from home if they are able to🏡
Parks 🏕 trails, entire towns and cities 🏢 are closed or restricted to locals only
Sports ⚽️ 🏉 🎾 seasons are cancelled, as well as The Grand National and Wimbledon .
The Olympics have been postponed until July 2021.
Concerts, 🎫 tours 🚌 and festivals, 🤹🏻 (including Glastonbury) and other entertainment events 🎭 are cancelled 🚫
Weddings, 👰🏼🤵🏻 family celebrations 🥳 birthdays, christenings, anniversary’s and holiday gatherings, such as Mother’s Day and Easter, 👨👩👦👦 are cancelled 🚫. Funerals continue to ⚰ go ahead. Only very close family are permitted to attend (if they are well & not isolating). Social distancing applies even at funerals.
Churches ⛪️ are closed and the Pope delivers the Easter Sunday mass to an empty Basilica, in the Vatican City🚫
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and all other TV networks are on in every home, daily 🎬
People are glued to the News and to Social Media.
Children's outdoor play parks are closed 🎡
Most flights are grounded, ✈️cruise ships 🛳are docked, holidays are cancelled 🏖and only essential travel is permitted. A few rescue flights are operating.
There is a huge shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, 😷 gowns 🥼 and gloves 🧤 for our front-line essential health workers.
There is a shortage of ventilators for the critically ill, 🤒 in many parts of the world.
On the news, we see refrigerated trucks for the dead, outside hospitals in the USA 🇺🇸 Italy 🇮🇹 Spain 🇪🇸 and China 🇨🇳 etc and we see the mass digging of graves.
Panic buying 🛒 sets in and we have restrictions on toilet paper 🧻 disinfectants, paper towels, basic foods (like pasta, rice and bread),🥗 as well as hand sanitiser.🧴 Flour is hard to find, because the packaging comes from China 🇨🇳 and many borders are closed 🚧
Manufacturers, 🏭 distilleries and many other businesses, 🏢 switch their production lines to help make visors, masks 😷 hand sanitiser 🧴 and PPE 🧤
The Police are given the power to impose fines for breaking lockdown rules and to disperse groups 👮🏻♀️
Stadiums 🏟 and recreational facilities overseas are opened up for the overflow of Covid-19 🦠 patients.
In some countries, Public Park 🏕 areas are being turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate 🚐
There are daily Press conferences from the Prime Minister👱♂️ and other government 🏛 officials. We are given daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths ⚰️
There are Government 🏛 incentives to stay at home. Self-employed can apply for grants and employees are being furloughed (many are being laid off). 💷
Barely anyone is on the road or the street 🛣
People are wearing masks 😷 and gloves when they go outside 🧤
Essential service workers are terrified to go to work 👮🏻 👩🏻⚕️ 👲🏻
Medical field workers 👩🏻⚕️ are afraid to go home to their families 👨👧👦
Every Thursday evening at 8pm we all stand outside our front doors and clap the NHS and Carers, to show our gratitude for what they are doing.👏👏🏻👏🏼👏🏽👏🏾👏🏿
Many people have rainbows visible 🌈 in the windows of their homes, as a way of spreading hope.
Why, you ask, do I write 📝 this status?
In the future it will show up in my memory 💭 feed. It will be an annual reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted 💕
We have so much! Be thankful. Be grateful 😌
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone 🥰🌈❤️
We are one! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍
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