Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus’

England new coronavirus restrictions

November 28, 2021

Emergence of a new covid-19 mutation in South African, UK has announced new restrictions.

Too little, and why the delay? Requirement to wear masks, will only come into force on Tuesday, and why only public transport and shops, though a small step in the right direction?

New measures include:

  • From Tuesday, face coverings will once again be compulsory in shops and on public transport
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. This is regardless of a person’s vaccination status
  • Anyone entering the UK will require a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and will need to self-isolate until they have a negative result. The change will be brought in “as soon as possible” following agreement with the other UK nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) – the UK’s vaccine advisory body – will consider giving the booster vaccine “to as wide as group as possible”. It will also reduce the gap between the second dose and booster

Measures on mask wearing should never have been relaxed. Why does it not apply to hospitality, to places where people gather such as theatres?

Utter garbage from Hospitality UK, that mask wearing on public transport will hit public confidence. It is passengers not wearing masks that dents public confidence, that makes people reluctant to use public transport.

We need to be careful not to lump all hospitality together, a coffee shop or restaurant does not pose the same risk as a binge drinking bar or nightclub.

What we do know about Omicron, a new covid-19 mutation, is that it is highly transmissible, has large number of mutations, may not be recognised by antigens, which renders vaccines less effective. All the more reason to bring in measures to slow the spread. We saw how fast Delta spread when the government was slow to act.

  • place all countries in Africa on the Red list
  • random testing of all arrivals into the UK
  • mask wearing indoors and on public transport
  • work from home if possible
  • close nightclubs and binge drinking bars
  • social distancing
  • certificate double vaccinated to enter bars, coffee shops, theatres

The vaccine certificate would be scanned with a QR scanner to permit entry, green tick to enter, red cross not permitted, but if not permitted would advise what to do, for example vaccinated or a negative lateral flow test valid for 48 hours.

In Athens, require vaccine certificate double vaccinated which is scanned to enter bar, coffee shop, restaurant, theatre, shops. Failure to comply 500 euros fine, establishment 5000 euro fine and closed. To enter a building or travel on public transport mask wearing mandatory, 100% compliance.

Two flights from South Africa to Schiphol, sixty-one passengers tested positive for covid-19, of these thirteen were found to be infected with Omicron. Why was UK not acting as Schiphol, isolating and testing every passenger on flights from South Africa?

It should be a requirement, as is already the case for many countries, negative PCR test result within 48 hours prior to travel, in addition to negative PCR test and self isolation once in the UK.

UK has blocked relaxation of patents on coronavirus vaccines. UK is sitting on stocks of vaccines that it is unlikely to use. These stocks, within a month of expiry, should be shipped to poorer countries to help with their vaccination programmes.

Gatwick Airport lax coronavirus biosecurity

October 7, 2021

Not mandatory to wear a mask. Not even on the shuttle between terminals.

Passengers not wearing masks, staff not wearing masks.

M&S how many have touched the self-service touch screens?

EasyJet, lack of social distancing at check-in.

Passing through the airport mingling with passengers from God knows where, including high risk countries thanks to lax controls on entering the country.

Pfizer vaccine second dose

September 8, 2021

Last week tried at a pharamacy, mislead it was walk in, but was not, had to book anappoinatment, but can always try, we maybe have a camcelelatkion.

Tried again yesterday, closed for lunch.

I returned later, no cancellations, but as I was a couple of weeks at least overdue for second vaccination, they agreed to give me my second dose.

Ouch, it hurt. Rested for fifteen minutes, no adverse side effects.

A very hot day, as nearby Brayford, decided to sit outside for lunch, The Square Sale service abysmal, as was William IV and the food was disgusting. Smell of sewage wafting over whilst sat outside William IV but at least pleasant sat in the shade of a tree overlooking Brayford Pool, and I thought it wise to rest.

Evening, my arm ached, night-time, very tired, arm ached and made sleep not easy.

Next day, ie today, felt terrible, woke up not feeling good. Feeling a little better I got up, I felt as though hard work in the garden stiff, ached all over, could barely move.

Late night, very tired.

Lincoln coronavirus free for all day twenty-five

August 12, 2021

A hot sunny day.

Police car races through pedestrianised High Street, screeching to a halt at railway barrier. Long wait, slow goods train passes through. Barrier does not open. Police car three point turn, races back down the pedestrianised High Street, pedestrians scattered like nine pins. Train from London passed through, barrier opens.

Why did police car even attempt this route?

Police car parked outside McDonald’s. Prior to its relocation, always thugs hanging outside McDonald’s of an evening.

Central Market fruit and veg stall I inquire, yes they are leaving, end of August. I learn stalls have been given four month’s notice to quit the market.

In the High Street or just off a stall handing out covid tests. PCR or later flow I do not know. I do not see any takers.

Lincoln tops the charts two weeks running coronavirus cases. Today knocked into second place by Hull which takes the No 1 spot.

Hop on Walk and Ride to Lincoln Cathedral. Too hot to walk up Steep Hill.



Why do visitors waste money on a tourist bus? The only way to see historic Lincoln is to walk. If do not wish to walk up Steep Hill, then hop on the Walk and Ride. The tourist bus pollutes the streets.

Pick up fruit and vegetables form Fresh From The Fields, greengrocer behind Bailgate.

Lunch at Elite on the Bail. As always lack of customers.

Walk back down Steep Hill.

From where can I obtain oil for a wooden chopping board? I had tried Lakeland. No joy House of Fraser either.

Too late for a coffee.

Lincoln coronavirus cases worst in the country

August 6, 2021

Lincoln for first five days this week worst place for coronavirus cases descends into farce with half hearted surge testing.

Shops no requirement to wear mask when entering.

Public transport passengers not wearing masks coronavirus death traps.

Binge drinking bars top end of High Street, The Strait and Bailgate.

Come September, if not mandated double vaccinated, returning students will turn city into coronavirus hotspot.

There is no city centre permanent vaccine centre, nor has there been.

Steampunk Festival was wisely cancelled. Why has the Lincoln Christmas Market not been cancelled?

For Whom the Bell Tolls

April 18, 2021

Saturday a lovely sunny day, lockdown day ninety-nine.

Tuesday I expected the bus to be busy, two passengers. Saturday I expected the bus to be busy, two passengers.

As last week, very little traffic into Lincoln. But, as Tuesday, a lot of traffic within the town centre.

Tuesday I expected the town to be busy, it was but not as bad as I had feared.

Saturday it was horrendous far worse than I expected. The town centre packed with people, worse than anything since August, apart from when the dysfunctional city council decided to hold a junk food festival in the middle of a pandemic. Far too many people.

I was pleased to find PC Coaches now running the Walk and Ride. I hopped on, saved time, I was on my way to the farmers market.

Fruit and vegetable stall in Lincoln Central Market told me there was a famers market. The last three months there has been no farmers market, nor was there one in November.

Lots of tourists milling around, long queue outside the ice cream shop. Even the Tourist Information Office was open.

Chat with some of the stall holders. Cheese stall I asked why the milk was semi-skilled. I was told it was not, straight out of the cow. Vegans, is the cheese vegan, no it is real milk from a grass-grazed vegan cow.

Crass stupidity of environmental health officer, objecting to the sanitiser wipes on the stall.

Long chat with man selling soap. He said too many are melt and pour. Sums up many selling what is claimed to be artisan chocolate.

A new charity shop in Bailgate, or so I thought, except not, has a board outside saying a charity shop.

Excellent haddock and chips from Elite on the Bail. And yet quiet, no queue, and in the little square where I sit, not busy.

The Snake and Lion not as bad as I expected.

I kept looking a my, watch had it stopped, why the wrong time? No, it was the tolling of a bell from Lincoln Cathedral for the funeral of Prince Philip.

Three o’clock, a minute’s silence for the funeral of Prince Philip. Not respected by the drunken scum at The Lion and Snake.

Walking past The Lion and Snake after eating my lunch, noisy, drunken scum shouting, no social distancing. Why is this pub not shut down and landlord stripped of licence? Last year, fights in the street, urinating up the wall. Saturday I saw no portaloos. I was told Friday night was bad. At a guess, far worse Saturday night.

Walking sown Steep Hill, surprised to find the shop selling Lincolnshire produce not open.

I looked in Imperial Teas. I wished to tell the owner, green bens from Cameroon had arrived. But now only there on a Monday. I left a message

The young lady, always helpful, has done an excellent job on their displays. But a customer wished to enter. I pop back out then another customer wished to come in.

I wanted a French Press. I wanted to look at several, luckily on display. Too much to carry. I will try another day.

Glassware for tea and coffee I have never seen before. Simple Lab a Hong Kong based company.

I tried to remember, of course, I forgot. I did take photos, but could not read.

I looked up on their website. No name, other than the name of any individual piece. Check out their website, stunning photos. Imperial Teas must have the largest collection of tea and coffee making paraphernalia of any site.

I worked backwards, and found the company, Hong Kong based Simple Lab, the name I could not remember. I found through the name of a range of products Micro.

Long queue outside ice cream parlour on The Strait. I would not recommend.

I looked in the art shop on The Strait, opposite the ice cream parlour. I often pass by and look in their window, but have never in the past ventured inside. Upstairs a a small gallery. Very steep and narrow stairs to climb.

Sit outside Coffee Aroma with a coffee. Now too cold.

Whilst sat outside Coffee Aroma, an idiot drives through the pedestrianised street the wrong way, turns around, parks outside the bank, then goes for a walk.

Walking through Sincil Street heading to the Bus Station, an idiot drives through, turns around, parks outside Everyman Cinema.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day eighty-three

April 1, 2021

Tuesday a hot sunny day, warm air blowing in from the south.

Today two days later, winter has returned, no sun, cold, a cold northerly wind blowing.

Lincoln City Council seem determined to destroy Lincoln Central Market. A stall has opened selling disgusting Greek junk food.

Looked in Wilkinson’s. curious how much a French press. Cheap and tacky no thanks. On leaving a long queue at the checkout no social distancing.

Excellent coffee from Coffee Aroma.

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Cyprus welcomes British tourists

March 5, 2021

From 1 May 2021, Cyprus welcomes back British tourists.

Sounds too good to be true? Unfortunately yes, it is too good to be true, Cyprus tourist industry once again massive fail.

British tourists cannot travel, cannot travel on 1 May 2021, to do so would be to break the law with a fine of £10,000 and ten years in prison, quarantine on return to the UK (in Scotland mandatory hotel quarantine), plus three coronavirus tests.

Once again massive fail Cyprus tourist industry.

We welcome British tourists from 1 May if have had two coronavirus vaccinations.

It would be illegal for anyone to travel from UK to Cyprus from 1 May 2021, face ten years in prison, £10,000 fine, on return would have to go into quarantine. Government has repeatedly warned not to book overseas holidays for the summer. From Monday, anyone leaving the UK will have to complete a form stating their reasons for leaving. Failure to complete the form, £200 fine.

Once again lost opportunity over the winter necessary structural changes to tourism industry:

  • ban all-inclusive hotels
  • restrict tour companies to less than 20% of bookings
  • no tour operator more than 10%
  • tour companies settle bill at end of each month
  • encourage long term stay
  • encourage direct bookings

The focus should be on fewer tourists, quality tourists, who stay longer.

The tour companies have a stranglehold, rip off travellers and hotels, bring in the dregs of the tourist industry, all-inclusive hotels killing local economies.

If thinking of visiting Cyprus, leave to last minute, contact hotel and negotiate a good deal for long stay. Make booking very provisional. If forced to cancel, have the courtesy to let the hotel know.

Do not book through a tour company, they are selling holidays that do not exist, then problem obtaining refund. Do not accept worthless vouchers. Tui has massive debts. Airlines have to refund within 7 days, package holidays within 14 days.

In Cyprus, required to wear mask everywhere, all the time. 300 euro fine if in breach of coronavirus regulations.

Check with hotel coronavirus precautions. Some are very good, others are very poor. For example sunbeds packed too close together.

The situation is very volatile. Last year, a mad panic by the few remaining British tourists, when Cyprus placed on quarantine list, profiteering by airlines.

You may have been vaccinated, two doses of vaccine not one, should still take precautions, social distance, wear a mask, avoid crowded noisy bars, if eat out, sit outside. There is now a rise in cases in England due to failure to follow coronavirus rules.

In the UK, over 21 million have revived their first coronavirus vaccine, 40% of the adult population.

Only a tiny percentage of Cypriots have received first vaccine. Are they to guarantee, only those vaccinated will be employed in coffee shops, restaurants, hotels? Bars should not be open.

Premature, inviting tourists into a country when locals will not have been vaccinated. Puts locals and tourists at risk.

There should be no tourists until the end of season. Random screening of arrivals, temperature scanning of all arrivals.

Cyprus is currently in lockdown. Any relaxation should be slowly slowly, with pause and monitoring at each stage, with local lockdowns if necessary.

Last year, Limassol saw a sharp rise in cases, night time curfew imposed, and yet it was permitted to travel from Limassol to other parts of the island.

The EU has been slow to roll out vaccination programmes, lagging a long way behind UK.

UK has lax border controls, enabling Brazil and South African mutations to enter the UK. Restrictions on travel into the UK from Portugal are circumvented by crossing the border into Spain and traveling to the UK via Spain.

Spain, Greece and Cyprus are in a race to the bottom to attract tourists. No lessons learnt from last year. By summer, we will again see a surge in coronavirus cases.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56289054
https://medium.com/…/tour-company-tui-heading-for…
https://medium.com/…/doughnut-economics-cyprus…

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day fifty-four

February 28, 2021

Saturday like Friday, starts off with a chill to the air, clear blue sky, sun warm.

It is becoming like August of last year, too many people out, behaving as though coronavirus does not exist. No surprise that across the country covid-19 cases beginning to rise. Lincoln is now above the national average for new coronavirus cases.

Sincil Street busy.

From butcher, chicken thighs wrapped in streaky bacon, as favour to me, a regular.

Look in 200 Degrees, curious, coffee from India, I am told it is good. Maybe try one day. Anything is better than their cheap house blend.

Two lots of prawns from fishmonger, including raw king prawns for prawn toast toastie for tea.

No customers zero waste store in Central Market as I pass by. What I am learning, people are visiting Lincoln Eco Pantry in Bailgate, a wider ranger of stock. There may though be another reason. Lincoln Eco Pantry built up a following long before they opened. They were due or at least rumoured to open at two different premises before Bailgate, but for whatever reason, did not happen. In the meantime, the stall in the market stole a march on them.

Chat with barista Angel Coffee House. He tells me Ozone was the best of the coffee they had tried. Begs the question what had they tried? He does not know. I suggest they try Cartwheel Coffee and Outpost Coffee. If I pass by again, I will suggest try espresso blend from DT Coffee Roastery. I also suggested Coffee Gems.

I raise reusable cups, they should not be accepting as a disease vector. I am told what I was told before, we fill a jug, then fill the reusable cup. Before I was also told, we trust our customers.

Whilst we are chatting, a man hands over a reusable cup to be filled, barista takes away, fills with coffee, then hands back.

I question then man. I’m ok, I have been vaccinated. Actually no, you have had the first dose, you are at risk and put others at risk.

I am now encountering ignorance of vaccines, I’ve been vaccinated, therefore I am OK. No, you have had one dose. .

A woman on a bus a couple of weeks ago. I have bene vaccinated, I am OK. Coffee Aroma had a customer walk in claiming they did not have to wear a mask, been vaccinated.

When people go to be vaccinated, they need to be given clear information, that they are still at risk, are a risk to others, must still carry on with coronavirus biosecurity.

I think try Vines early. No bread left people were queuing from nine in the morning.

Again many people around Steep Hill and Bailgate, though not as many as last weekend, but still very busy.

No farmers market, cancelled. Why, no idea. It seems they are cancelled on a whim.

Sourdough bread from Redhill fam shop. Not what I wished for, but all they have.

Lincoln Eco Pantry looks busy, I do not pop in.

Haddock and chips from Elite on the Bail. Pleaant sat in the sun.

Take a walk round to Stokes at the Lawn. As I suspected, closes at three. I arrive just after three. They offer to serve me, I say ok and decline the offer, I was checking if open.

Cappuccino from Coffee Aroma.

Lincoln coronavirus lockdown day forty-two

February 15, 2021

For over a week, snow on the ground, during the day temperature barely above zero, at night plunging. Last night, slowly warming up, rain. Morning, snow washed away during the day, sunny, around 10C.

Today more traffic, far more people out in the city centre, too many.

Lincoln was running a little below 300 covid-19 cases a day, last week has as managed less than 100 cases a day, now likely to start rising.

Groups of people, lots of kids. Why kids? Should kids not be in school. Yes, schools are in lockdown but kids should be home, home schooling.

In butchers, an idiot, one sausage roll ordered, palms of hands on counter.

I asked butcher to sanitise. Butcher told me of earlier, a child running its tongue along the front of display cabinet. What stupid parent permits, what infection child picks up, leaves?

I wanted half a pound of pork mince, butcher showed me. No not sufficient, add half again, now too much, take a little off. For Asian meatballs.

Looked in 200 Degrees. Staff told me steady trickle of customers.

Caught zero waste store before closed. Today opening later. Random opening times not good.

I mentioned Tony’s chocolate, poor quality industrial chocolate, manufacturing outsourced, links to slavery. It sells.

Tomatoes and one chili pepper off fruit and veg stall. Chili pepper for Asian meat balls.

Look in sweet shop, first day open. Had work to do, may as well leave door open and let money flow in in through the door.

To Grape Tree. I want miso paste, only place that stocks. Ideally white, only have brown. Again for Asian meatballs.

Cappuccino off Coffee Aroma.

Woman on bus tells me shoe does not mind lots of people around as she has been vaccinated. I point out no, she has not been vaccinated, she has had her first dose, still vulnerable. I could have added, and you are spreading coronavirus. This raises the question of people going false sense of security, as we saw last summer, then we are back in lockdown.

Imbecile Member of Parliament for Lincoln is calling for immediate end to knockdown everything to reopen.

Press conference, Pepsi Trump said relaxation of lockdown no time soon. When it happens, slowly slowly, pause three weeks between each stage to appraise. Finally, after tens of thousands of deaths we are going to implement what I and others have been calling for for months.

We need to close or towns and city centres to traffic, pedestrianise the streets. As the weather warms up, indie restaurants and coffee shops, socially distanced tables in the street. Win win for everyone kicks starts the local economy, help local businesses, improves city centre ambiance.

Finally starting from 4am this morning, border controls which are not tough enough. Arrivals from 30 countries mandatory hotel quarantine, everyone else, hop onto public transport, carry on with their journey, self-isolate when reach destination.

Only citizens and residents should be allowed in. Everyone should be take into 14 day mandatory quarantine.

Chatting with a Bulgarian citizen last week. She flew in from Portugal. No border controls at airport, has been traveling around meeting up with friends. She also told ne, people are crossing from Portugal into Spain, then travelling onward from Spain.


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