If last week was one of those weeks I would like to file in a box, firmly shut the lid, lock then hide the key on the top shelf of my bookcase, this week I have wanted to throw the key away.
At the beginning of January I made the conscious decision (NYR): not to listen to the news, read newspapers or Facebook to follow COVID deaths and new infection rate etc. I was also fed up of people still promoting COVID as a hoax, refusing to wear masks or respect the social distancing rules.
But as with most New Year resolutions, by the third week of January I succumbed to curiosity after a chance conversation on WhatsApp with the family who reported COVID figures here were rocketing.
I had a quick peep at the FB Groups: SafeCommunitiesPortugal and CORONA VIRUS UPDATES – PORTUGAL and was horrified by the number of deaths, new variants and lockdown rules.
We’d already been shielding as much as possible with the help of some kind friends since March 16th 2020 and were looking forward to having the jab, getting back to normal and seeing our family this summer. Nope, I discovered today there are already production/delivery delays across Europe of the vaccine but even that aside, given Portugal’s current roll-out rate of the long-awaited jab we’d be lucky if we’d receive it by Christmas! Okay, that’s probably a hyperbole, but many a truth is said in jest.
Prior to Christmas daily deaths which registered under one hundred cases per day now jumped to well over two hundred with new infections between two and five thousand-ish to an all time high of over fifteen thousand! When you consider there are only (so say) ten million population that figure is astrononimical
COVID is now in control. What did they expect? People socialised at Christmas and New Year: families travelled from North to South Portugal and vice versa, and even jumped on planes to holiday or be with loved ones. WHY? We are in the middle of a deadly pandemic where over two million people have died worldwide. It made me laugh because for most, Christmas is not a religious event so why not put it on hold for a few months?
And then, the kids went back to school doing what kids do. Socialising – a petri dish of COVID.
While the rest of us are prohibited from leaving home accept when absolutely necessary, bars and restaurants and non-essential shops and businesses closed schools, the super-spreaders, remained opened. Thankfully, after Boris saw the light, Portugal reluctantly followed suit.
Today was the darkest day I’d already watched the English news on TV which made me cry where a woman interviewed in a COVID ward and pleaded people to obey the lockdown, died the following day. And then I read this extract taken from The Corona Virus Updates – Portugal FB Page:
Portugal is in black on the world map. It is the country with the most cases and deaths per million inhabitants and with the highest rate of contagions in the world
It is the only country with more than 1,000 cases per million inhabitants on average over the past seven days. It has the highest incidence of contagions at 14 days. Leads the number of daily cases and deaths worldwide.
The situation here is so bad it is unbelievable.
With all my hobbies and interests I try extremely hard to stay busy, positive and upbeat but as anxiety attacks kick in, I confess, it is getting harder especially as we are so isolated from our family.
I am now off to create another job list and find ways to order online rather than leave the house.
How are you coping with COVID in your country.
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