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The wife put this on Twitter at Easter and I thought it would be a good idea to steal it and put it on here too for future reflection…

Just so that we never forgetโ€ฆ.. today is Sunday 12th April 2020 ๐Ÿ—“ (Easter Sunday ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฅ) this situation is changing daily but for todayโ€ฆ..

The unprecedented events that have occurred as a direct result of the Corona Virusโ€ฆ..๐Ÿฆ 

On 11th March 2020 the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) was declared a Pandemic, by the World Health Organisation (WHO).๐Ÿฆ 

On Friday 20th March all schools were closed. ๐ŸซRemote learning is now in place and parents are home-schooling their children ๐ŸŽ“. 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 ๐Ÿšซ

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).๐Ÿฅ

On 5th April The Queen addressed the nation at 8pm ๐Ÿ‘‘ (only the 5th time she has done this, outside of her annual Christmas message).

Also on the 5th April, Boris was admitted to hospital, after 10 days of self-isolating with the Corona Virus ๐Ÿงช

On the 6th April Boris was admitted to intensive care with deteriorating symptoms. Fortunately he came out of intensive care on 9th April ๐Ÿฉบ

Many Community support groups have been established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป

Petrol โ›ฝ๏ธ prices are extremely low and the national average is ยฃ1.02 per gallon

Gatherings are restricted, initially to 50 people, then 20, then 10. Now, you cannot socialise with anyone outside of your home. ๐Ÿšซ

Self-distancing measures are implemented โ˜น๏ธ

There is now tape on the floor at grocery stores โŒ and other essential stores to help distance shoppers ๐Ÿ›’ (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 parks๐Ÿฌ

Non-essential stores and businesses are mandated closed. People who are able to, can work ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป from home ๐Ÿก

Parks ๐Ÿ• trails, entire towns and cities ๐Ÿข are closed or restricted to locals only

Sports โšฝ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‰ ๐ŸŽพ seasons are cancelled, as well as The Grand National, The Open and Wimbledon .

The Olympics are postponed until 2021.

Concerts, ๐ŸŽซ tours ๐ŸšŒ and festivals, ๐Ÿคน๐Ÿป (including Glastonbury) and other entertainment events ๐ŸŽญ are cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Weddings, ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿป family celebrations ๐Ÿฅณ (birthdays, christenings and anniversaryโ€™s) and holiday gatherings, such as Motherโ€™s Day and Easter, ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ even funerals โšฐ๏ธ are all put on hold or cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Churches โ›ช๏ธ are closed and the Pope delivers the Palm Sunday mass to an empty Basilica, in the Vatican City๐Ÿšซ

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and all other TV networks are on in every home, daily ๐ŸŽฌ

People are glued to the News and to Social Media.

Children’s outdoor play parks are closed ๐ŸŽก

Most flights are grounded, โœˆ๏ธcruise ships ๐Ÿ›ณare docked, holidays are cancelled ๐Ÿ–and only essential travel is permitted. Few rescue flights are operating.

There is a huge shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, ๐Ÿ˜ท gowns ๐Ÿฅผ and gloves ๐Ÿงค for our front-line essential health workers.

There is a shortage of ventilators for the critically ill, ๐Ÿค’ in many parts of the world.

On the news, we see refrigerated trucks for the dead, outside hospitals in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ and China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ etc and we see the mass digging of graves (even in the UK).

Panic buying ๐Ÿ›’ sets in and we have restrictions on toilet paper ๐Ÿงป disinfectants, paper towels, basic foods (like pasta, rice and bread),๐Ÿฅ— as well as hand sanitiser.๐Ÿงด Flour is hard to find, because the packaging comes from China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and many borders are closed ๐Ÿšง

Manufacturers, ๐Ÿญ distilleries and many other businesses, ๐Ÿข switch their production lines to help make visors, masks ๐Ÿ˜ท hand sanitiser ๐Ÿงด and PPE ๐Ÿงค

The Police are given the power to impose fines for breaking lockdown rules and to disperse groups ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Stadiums ๐ŸŸ and recreational facilities overseas are opened up for the overflow of Covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ  patients.

In some countries, Public Park ๐Ÿ• areas are being turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate ๐Ÿš

There are daily Press conferences from the Prime Minister๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ and other government ๐Ÿ› officials. We are given daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths โšฐ๏ธ

There are Government ๐Ÿ› incentives to stay at home. Self-employed can apply for grants and employees are being furloughed (and can receive up to 80% of earnings). ๐Ÿ’ท

Barely anyone is on the road or the street ๐Ÿ›ฃ

People are wearing masks ๐Ÿ˜ท and gloves when they go outside ๐Ÿงค

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿป

Medical field workers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ are afraid to go home to their families ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

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.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Many people have rainbows visible ๐ŸŒˆ in the windows of their homes, as a way of spreading hope.

There have been 1,502,618 deaths globally so far.

Why, you ask, do I write ๐Ÿ“ this status?

One day it will show up in my memory ๐Ÿ’ญ feed, and it will be an annual reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted ๐Ÿ’•

We have so much! Be thankful. Be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Œ
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐ŸŒˆ

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