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June 7

I had a bit soreness in my muscles on Sunday, the 7th of June so out of an abundance of caution I went back to the Fever Clinic at the Prince Charles where there was quite a bit more of a line-up this time.

The nurse wasn’t as gentle this time around with the nose swab, I suppose that was fair, I was no longer a virgin.

I remember staggering out afterwards trying to find the door.

The result came back thankfully negative.

June 8

In the United Kingdom the British government unveiled a quarantine plan for all returning travellers including British citizens to give their details and self isolate for the next 14 days.

Similar arrangements were put in place on the 18th of March in Australia as covered in a previous diary entry. On the 25th of March the Australian government placed returning travellers in quarantine in hotels across the nation for 14 day periods. If you got off a place in Australia being trusted to self isolate was no longer an option as covered in a previous post.

On the 18th of March there were 510 confirmed cases in Australia with a daily increase of 96. There had been six deaths with a daily increase of one.

On the 25th of March in Australia there had been 2,423 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 287. The number of deaths eight.

On the 8th of June in the United Kingdom when these measures were put in place there had been 286,198 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 1,326.

The number of deaths 40,542 with a daily increase of 77.

510 cases versus 286,198 cases.

The press was already reporting that Whitehall was looking at opening up travel to Europe again by mid-July.

6 as opposed to 40,542.

My God.

The Foreign Office was advising against all but essential international travel.

-Lloyd Marken


  1. At midnight, it will be compulsory for everyone entering any shop in Britain to wear a mask or face covering. There are already ‘Anti-Mask’ groups set up to try to flout this new law, as they don’t believe it will be enforceable. The government here left it far too late to bring in this new rule, at a time when so many people are convinced that the worst is over. Standby for lots of confrontation in shops from Friday morning.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. As other countries have proven, subsequent waves are unavoidable. We all have a part to play and if masks help why not do it? Ballbag politicised it because he’s more concerned with optics than substance. But even Fauci came for as n a few days ago and indicated they were ambiguous on masks because supply was short for frontline healthcare works. I’m cool with that. Masks have become compulsory in Melbourne and no doubt will be here in QLD shortly. I’m cool with that too.

  2. Glad to hear the test proved negative. With all the virus talk, we tend forget that ordinary flu’s and colds and other diseases are still out there.
    Most around here are still using face masks. I don’t see why people have a need to protest everything – especially when it is for your own health!

    1. I agree GP, wear a mask, it’ll be okay, pretend you’re doing some S&M fun. 😉 I often thought of how we were going into cold and flu season here when case numbers kicked off. I felt fortunate I could go and get and tested and not lose income. I think that should be true for everyone, it will certainly help best this thing. In Victoria there are indications people are not isolating when they experience symptoms and maybe as high as 50% after they get tested. Maybe even get a positive result. Then you consider the possibility people can be asymptotic and be spreading it unawares. That makes it hard for us all to beat this, we need to do better. Lives are on the line. People need to realise it’s not about you, it’s about all of us. It’s going to be hard enough. Stay safe in Florida GP. You in Miami?

    2. Hear ! Hear ! Not everything is a political or constitutional issue. The primary purpose of masks is to protect other people from you, not the other way round. They are essentially a modern “Love thy neighbour”, I suppose.

    1. I was just being cautious but yes good news with the test result. Bad news with the UK’s travel policy, if the government is going to take the threat seriously it will be up to the people to do so. Thank you and stay safe Don.

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