176 deaths, 43,906 total.
829 new cases.
Global over 10 million cases and over 500,000 deaths.
The virus is still ripping across other parts of the world. Brazil and South and Central America and India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are all reaching their peaks. The WHO says the worst is still to come.
The UK has been recognised as the most badly affected country in the Western World.
A local outbreak in Leicester has led to the city being the first city to be locked down locally under the Track and Trace schemes. Bradford, Barnsley and Rochdale look set to follow in their footsteps.
As businesses prepare to open, and furlough schemes come to an end, 12,000 job losses have been announced in the past couple of days.
The New Way of Life
No real changes for us. Seeing a few family and friends from time to time in our garden or theirs.
Weather has been pretty awful for the past week.
Other than that, not been anywhere or done anything new or particularly interesting.
Barbados seems to be considering opening up to visitors in August. They are now officially Covid free and are easing their own lockdown.
We’ve started tentatively preparing for a late September departure with Virgin from Heathrow. We sat down and worked out the finances which are ok.
Need to book flights, travel insurance, hire a car to get to the airport, and confirm the house.
In the next week we are going to find out about whether or not we can suspended or reduce the following, and whether we need to notify them:
- Council Tax
- House and contents insurance when the house is empty for 6 months
- TV Licence
- Gas, Electric and Water
- Telephone and Internet
- The Car
- Dental Insurance
- Mobile Phone Contracts