Saturday 18 April

Today the UK death toll from COVID19 increased by 888, taking the total number of fatalities to 15,464 and we’re told there could be 40,000 in this first wave of the outbreak – terrible news all round. As the debate on PPE shortages continues, specifically focused on the likely shortage of gowns this weekend, Matt Hancock’sContinue reading “Saturday 18 April”

Friday 17 April

In case anyone thought the lockdown extension was to be three weeks only, Dominic Raab has warned that the measures could last into June as ministers came under increasing pressure to set out a detailed plan to ease the stringent restrictions. I wonder how much of this is a delaying tactic because there’s still noContinue reading “Friday 17 April”

Thursday 16 April

As we approach the end of the 4th week of lockdown, with a three week extension likely, there are more and more voices calling for an ending on the grounds that it’s causing as much damage (to the economy and mental health) as the virus itself. But ‘multiple government sources’ say ministers and their advisersContinue reading “Thursday 16 April”

Wednesday 15 April

Late last night came the announcement that President Trump was withdrawing US funding from the World Health Organisation. How helpful is that at a time like this, as global deaths pass 125,000? The US is the largest contributor to WHO, so this begs the question of how that funding gap be closed when, arguably, WHOContinue reading “Wednesday 15 April”

Tuesday 14 April

Pensions and later life expert Baroness Ros Altmann is the latest public figure to highlight the plight of elderly people, ‘abandoned’ in care homes without the necessary level of care and care for the carers. It’s not surprising these residents could feel disturbed: those with dementia could struggle to understand why their loved ones areContinue reading “Tuesday 14 April”

Monday 13 April

It’s much cooler today so police forces shouldn’t have so much trouble monitoring the lockdown. As the death toll reached 10,600, the Government is again lambasted over the lack of PPE and tests, not to mention the absence of reliable stats on deaths in care homes and the community. To Matt Hancock’s assertion that it’sContinue reading “Monday 13 April”

Sunday 12 April

Last night the Guardian tweeted: ‘The Queen has given an Easter message to reassure the people of the UK that this pandemic can be beaten. The monarch’s speech is said to be her contribution to those marking the occasion at home’. Interestingly, the Queen didn’t appear in the 2 minute video, which mostly featured aContinue reading “Sunday 12 April”

Saturday 11 April

The long Easter weekend is upon us and during the last few days much time and energy has been expended by the media on the subject of lockdown, now into its fourth week – its viability during warm weather, different views as to its implementation, its possible extension and its gradual reduction as COVID19 casesContinue reading “Saturday 11 April”

Wednesday 8 April

During the week there was endless speculation in the media about the extent of the PM’s illness, whether or not his powers had been delegated to deputy Dominic Raab, and whether the public was being kept adequately informed of his state and capacity to lead the country. There was relief, then, after some days atContinue reading “Wednesday 8 April”

Corona virus and mental health

Sunday 5 April 2020 “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ‘So said Vladimir Ilyich Lenin of the ferment of revolution, but he could just as easily have been talking about the 100 days that haveContinue reading “Corona virus and mental health”