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So here we are, it’s been something like five months since my last published post and a lot has happened since then. We’re now behind six months of news coverage, I’ve been keeping track of things but I’ve got to admit this is hardly an up to date diary. Also as I became busier with work and a few other matters, I have to admit, even keeping track of developments trailed off. When I get caught up, I’m bound to not really to have managed to have kept track of all major events.

There was also a change in circumstances, Europe opened back up, cases also went up but not at the previous rate deaths. Delta was a major game changer in terms of the spread and getting past measures that previously proved effective here in Australia. But that was more than six months ago and a new dominant strain hasn’t emerged at least not in my news coverage. Okay scratch that because since writing that last sentence Omnicrom is now very well known.

While there is a measure of success in places like the UK and so many have been vaccinated across the globe the challenge to vaccinate the whole world and mitigate new variants coming to pass remains ever present. Anti-vaxxers are coming to the fore, winter looms for the northern hemisphere and my home state is about to open up its borders having mitigated the spread of COVID for close to two years? Again that last sentence written over a month ago.

People seem ready to take a hit for life to go back to normal.

What will happen next?

I don’t know but I know on some level I will be writing about COVID for at least the next year but hopefully with less regularity.

I doubt I will get up to writing about August 2021 before Christmas has come and gone which will seem weird but I am committed to my path.

Again – scrap that.

I have thought about maybe doing posts clearly demarcated from COVID and not COVID but there is two problems with that. Probably then nobody would read the COVID posts and fair enough. And Two, it’s all part of it. I wore masks to the Brisbane International Film Festival for example. The dramatic events of March 2020 have given way to normalcy. This diary is no longer an average joe’s memory of historical events but rather a linking to news articles that covered said events and yet that became the Diary a long time ago and for a time capsule of how it felt to be observing the world as it went through this. Well like I said – I am committed.

Police on patrol in St Ives during G7 summit

June 14, 2021

As the G7 summit wrapped up in St Ives there was concern the town would see a spike in COVID cases. Two police officers and one protester at an Extinction Rebellion Camp had got it. The camp had liaised with police to meet every standard prescribed for a COVID safe event which I always find interesting as a term to use when discussing a mass gathering.

Five local venues closed their doors as a precaution.

Other people associated with G7 – security staff, police, media have been intermixing,” said Liberal Democrat speaker Andrew George.

In Australia, Victoria recorded two new local cases in Melbourne as the state government still aimed to ease restrictions.

Both cases were close contacts of existing cases having not been out in the community during their infectious period.

On Sunday 16,932 tests had been carried out in Victoria and more importantly 13,764 vaccinations had been carried out in government run sites.

U.K. Imposes Harsher Lockdown on London, Citing New Version of Virus - The  New York Times

In the United Kingdom I was relieved to hear that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would hold off on coming out of lockdown for another four weeks.

England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 21 June, when venues and events would be allowed to operate without capacity limits and the cap on guests at weddings would be lifted. That meant limits would remain for sport clubs, cinemas and pubs and nightclubs would remain closed. Not nearly enough of a measure from where I was sitting but one that was none the less unexpected and welcomed by me.

It also meant people would be limited to six people or two households at a gathering.

The decision was in response to the new Delta variant sweeping the nation and rising case numbers but more importantly rising hospitalisations. The BBC reported, “the Delta variant which is believed to be around 60% more infectious than the previous dominant variant and twice as likely to result in hospital admissions.

Interestingly NHS England data showed on 6 June around a third of all hospital admissions were aged 55 or over, compared to a little over 70% on 6 March, and more than 80% on 6 December.

Graph showing number of patients in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 starting to rise

The UK government was also sending additional testing, tracing, isolation support and measures to maximise vaccine uptake in Birmingham, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Liverpool City Region and Warrington.

The four weeks could allow for up to 10 million more second vaccine doses to be distributed according Health Minister Edward Argar.

June 15, 2021

Following a second clotting death in Australia involving the AstraZeneca there was talk of reviewing the age limit for the vaccine.

As of last week with three and a half million doses of the vaccine dispensed in Australia, there had been 35 definite cases of clotting and 13 probable ones. Out of those fifteen were still in hospital and one in Intensive Care.

The World Health Organisation reported in Australia there had been 30,262 confirmed cases of COVID with a daily increase of 14.

There had been 910 deaths in the country from COVID. One in the year so far on April 14th.

The European Union were not even putting in further orders for AstraZeneca.

-Lloyd Marken


    1. Thanks Paol. I apologise for the absence, it wasn’t planned, one week became a month and so on. Even this post was first started 4 weeks ago. I am glad to be back and to be welcomed back how are you?

  1. Good to see you back.Lloyd. Just as info, Omicron seems to be a lot milder than other variants and the best one to go for herd immunity with. Hence the lack of excitement/panic in England about it.
    Having said that, it is more than capable of killing people with no vaccinations and the third, booster, jab seems to be crucial.

    1. Well I hope you’ve had your third booster then. I don’t think this thing is over yet but I do hope the worst of it is. Here in Queensland we are seeing case numbers rise higher than they ever have but we also have a very amount of double dose vaccinations. How was your Christmas?

  2. Welcome home, Lloyd!
    In this day and age of Covid, I have been leery on checking in with disappearing bloggers – we lost too many in the past two years.

      1. I think part of getting older is you look forward more to Christmas and less to New Years. We will catch up with some friends which will be nice. You?

      2. About 22 years and gradually turned to cooking; then I ended up running the processing dept. for a local Macy’s store (don’t ask how THAT happened! lol)

  3. I wil look forward to your delayed posts to remind me of the bad times during 2021. Let’s hope we have more encouraging things to write about in 2022. My best to you and Karen for the new year, Lloyd.

  4. You and I have been missing for about the same amount of time. I hope to become more active and to post about pleasant things. Not to be insensitive to Covid and its digressions, but because I feel we need the escape and to report the pleasant beauty we see every day. Happy New Year, Lloyd!

    1. A sound approach Cindy. Apologies for the late reply, I have still not managed to get back to regular posting. I am determined to catch up on covering COVID over the past year and probably into this. I don’t want to do it forever but we do need an escape. Look for some of my posts to be lighthearted and upbeat even if the title says COVID. For example holiday posts or attending cinema screenings, etc. I wanted to let you know given how you served your country in the Navy, last year I joined the Queensland State Emergency Service. Its a volunteer organisation that helps the commununity where needed. Its early days yet but I was recently activated and helped out on the radio during the recent floods in Australia. I was very grateful to have had that opportunity during times of trouble. I hope you and your family are well and look forward to catching up on your posts when I can.

  5. Glad to see you are okay. Not sure if it’s Corvid related or not, but I’ve noticed that many of my favorite bloggers have disappeared (hoping they are okay and simply decided to take break).

    1. I know what you mean Erin, there was an Australian blogger who moved to New Jersey in America not long before the pandemic and I really hope he and his loved ones are okay.

    1. Thank you Paul, yes a very long time. Quite a mammoth task ahead of me to catch up on a year of news. I hope to break it up with more interesting posts. I am well, I’ve been busy with work, applying for jobs, volunteering and saving up for a house and freelance writing. I miss blogging and hope to be more present in the next few months but we’ll see. How are you doing?

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