Our global fight continues.

As of the time I'm writing this, the UK has just passed 20,000 Coronavirus-related deaths with thousands more suffering in hospital. Something that seemed so far away only a few months ago has spread like wildfire across the world and has swiftly crept into our little town. No one is invincible and everyone should take necessary precautions in staying at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Hopefully, we're coming to the gradual decline of the slope of deaths in this country. This isolation period has been the strangest month ever. The idea of staying at home and spending the remaining time outside distanced from everyone else was hard hitting when the Prime Minister

addressed us all on Monday 23rd March to announce the government's strategy to fight this invisible foe. Her Majesty the Queen's subsequent address on Sunday 5th April once again reminded me of the scale of this crisis – yet I believe it helped to boost public morale in reassuring us that this would not last forever. While it plagues our country, though, we must stay strong. Recently, an urge to go outside “now that it's ending” has developed. A minority are ignoring the guidelines put in place to protect us while all over the world, anti-lockdown protests destroy any progress our fellow countries achieve. Please, don't do this. Yes, statistics may show that the number of deaths per day

is slowly decreasing – but the number of people in hospital is still substantial. The last thing we need is a second peak because of naïve behaviour. Although the days can feel empty at times, I'm enjoying what I have to work with. I haven't been out in the garden this many times for years and rooting through old storage boxes for things I'd forgotten about but can try again is surprisingly fun. One daily exercise is still allowed – so make the most of it. It doesn't have to be a marathon. The Prime Minister is expected to return to the helm of dealing with this crisis on Monday 27th April. If he can be faced with a tremendous task, fall ill for three weeks, be in intensive care for three days, and steadily recover only to resume his place at the forefront of stopping this virus once again … then I think we can all put up with staying indoors for a bit longer. Current estimates project the lockdown to last three-four more weeks. We've already made it through five. How hard can it be to continue this fight knowing that your sacrifices are helping on a

national scale? These are unprecedented times and our eternal thanks reaches out to key workers all over the country for persevering in this effort and – most importantly – to the NHS staff putting their lives on the line for us. The eight o'clock claps are only a small sign of appreciation for their hard work. Staying indoors and respecting the government's guidelines is the biggest thing everyone can do to make a difference. I hope that when I sit down to write June's article, significant progress would've been made. Perhaps the restrictions would've been lifted and the cogs of our recovery plan will begin turning. Until that time, be sensible, follow the guidelines, don't hoard in excess, don't take protective products away from where they're needed most … and please don't try to inject yourself with disinfectant.  In the words of Her Majesty: “We will meet again.”

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