Today is Day 19 of our Lockdown so we are approaching the critical third week. Listening to the Prime Minister speaking after lunch today, the government is aware this will be a crucial week as people are becoming tired of lockdown, confirmed cases are dropping, and yet we are still unable to see the end coming. She said it remains important that we do not give up now, as letting our guard down could result in an exponential rise in community transmission.
We had our fifth death reported today, with another 19 new confirmed and probable cases. Our numbers sound low on a global scale, but we are only a small country with a population of just under five million people.
|My SIL shared this photo with me, of a beautiful Tui singing in their garden this morning|
Bringing Covid-19 closer to home, this morning I learnt that a family member (an essential worker) has been tested for Covid-19 and will receive the results back in a few days. The person has symptoms, including a fever, and has been in close contact with another confirmed case. I hope they will be alright.
My son has friends who have recently returned home from London and both are now quarantined as confirmed cases. They have sore throats but feel well in themselves.
And yet, some people still do not take the situation seriously.
Over the Easter weekend we received an unexpected visitor on a totally unnecessary errand. They were told to leave and return home. We know that this person has already joined bubbles with another (in some situations this is allowed, and such is the case here), but we are certainly not meant to join three or more bubbles together. That would defeat the whole purpose of lockdown.
|I miss having this lily in my garden now, as it always flowered at Easter time|
We have had some lovely rain in the last 24 hours, and now we are receiving strong winds with the occasional shower of rain. A taste of winter to come?
My vegetable garden is flourishing and we had our first meal of silverbeet off it a couple of nights ago. I am still waiting for my peas to germinate.
|Lovely fresh silverbeet, picked for dinner|
Son went to the supermarket today and managed to get almost all the items we needed, so we are set for another week. He is our designated shopper. I don’t think, in all my life, I have ever stayed at home for so long a stretch of time and not gone out somewhere!
Stay happy J