It is really difficult to get away from the subject of the coronavirus. Quite rightly as a lot of people in the world are dying from it. Countries have reacted very differently to coping with it. Some have handled the situation well but others not so well.
USA- Trump initially didn’t really take the virus seriously at first , said it was “just” another type of flu. The country reacted much too slowly to lock down in the major cities especially New York. Now Trump is pushing to reactivate the economy quicker than most states want. The infection rates are still way too high.
BRAZIL- The President, Bolsonaro is , quite frankly, hoping the virus will just go away and keep his economy going despite a lot of deaths.
RUSSIA- Is now a worry. Their infections and deaths are rising quite rapidly now and I hope their lock-down is proving effective. They sat on the fence too long and now are paying the price. They already have a shortage of Safety Equipment (SSE)
ITALY, FRANCE and SPAIN. Initially had a lot of deaths and infections and very strict lockdowns are to easing off very slowly and carefully.
GERMANY.- Have had a lot less deaths than other European countries. They have tested more of the population than any other of the large European nations. They are now slowly opening some of their lockdown situations and industry is being to start up.
Most of the other European nations are now easing lockdowns.
CHINA- Whether we believe the virus was started in a Wuhan laboratory or in a livestock market we don’t know (or ever know). But infections and deaths are much lower than other countries (if they are to believed) Chinese industry is now starting up and the whole world needs their economy to recover quickly.
Other Asian countries have controlled the virus well. Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Singapore have used testing to good effect.
My great worry is for some of the other populous Asian nations where workers in factories need to work to live. If they don’t work they starve. Countries like Bangladesh, india, Pakistan and Indonesia.
AFRICA seems to been little effected so far. But it is early days there.
And what about the UK. Well we were too slow and unprepared for the virus. Austerity over the past 10 years has caused this problem. We were too worried about Brexit to do anything else. Uk deaths are the worst in Europe and while diminishing are still far too high. Due to the lack of social care in the community deaths in care homes have been unnecessarily high.
Our PM Boris Johnson has now alienated the other home nations. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now doing their own thing. Johnson’s quandary is that infections and deaths are still too high but he is trying to reopen schools and industry. Who knows what will happen in the next few months!
On a brighter note we might even see some sports events soon although they are likely to be behind close doors. How crowds will be admitted later no one knows.
The same goes for theatres, cinemas, pop concerts , in fact anywhere there are crowds. We will just have to wait for guidance in the future. It is possible that in the summer some pubs, cafes and restaurants could operate out doors.
Like most people we wonder if we will be able to travel abroad again in the near future. The government is now considering a 14 day quarantine for all travellers even when they return from holiday. So the likely hood is that most people will try to get accommodation at home but there will be a huge demand this summer. And we don’t know when hotels will reopen. These are strange times. But where I live the weather has been good recently and we can still walk our dogs on the beach , stroll through the woods. Life isn’t so bad. For some of us anyway.
HUMOUR–Bananas are used to make kimonos. Presumably you can eat them first!
The New Zealand badminton team was nicknamed the “Black Cocks” but had to drop it after complaints.
The US doubled in size in 1983 when President Reagan expanded it’s coastal waters from 3 to 200 miles!
Human rights were invented in Iran.A while ago!
Rice Krispies in Germany go “Knisper, Knasper, Knusper” Of course they do!
Woozy– unsteady with drink, dizzy.
Hugger mugger–confusion, muddle, jumble.
Hullaboo– clamour, hubbub.
Humbug–sham, empty talk.
Hurdy gurdy– old musical instrument.
Hurly burly– turmoil. uproar.
Sneck– part of a door lock.
Tappy lappy– stroll or walk.
Gammy– Injured part of the body.
Clout– hit someone violently.
POEM Attached STORMY WEATHER