We are now into June, and things are in a turmoil. The UK has lessened the lockdown restrictions somewhat but on one side people are saying the lockdown needs to go and others say it needs to stay. There is no easy middle ground that can ensure safety and normality at the same time.
The numbers: Worldometers reports the following: 6,982,883 cases in the world with 402,273 total deaths. The USA still dominates the charts with 1,988,544 cases and 112,096 deaths. The UK is not doing too well either with 284,868 cases and 40,465 deaths. That is the second highest death rate in the world. South Africa has 45,973 total cases and 952 deaths and has slipped to number 24 in the total cases table. A number of reports are saying that the virus is weakening as it does not seem to be infecting as much as before, although that could really be a measure of how effective the lockdowns have been.
This week has also seen huge demonstrations in the world under the “Black Lives Matter” banner. The consequences of those demonstrations have been looting, mob rampages, and a number of deaths. It has also meant that large amounts of people have been in the same area and that could tilt the covid numbers significantly upwards. Unfortunately demonstrations rarely go peacefully and the looting of luxury goods shops does show a determined criminal element amongst those who are trying to protest peacefully. There is even talk of looters being bussed in and deliberate attempts to derail protests. Again the old fake news and social networking scenario rears its ugly head and I can already see the end result of that in my facebook feed. Unfortunately there has been a lot of vandalism of memorials and statues, the most significant being the London Cenotaph. Stupidity like that is guaranteed to cause a loss of support for any protest; the Cenotaph is seen as “Hallowed Ground” and any protest organisers worth their salt would ensure that it is guarded against vandalism. I am afraid that in many cases vandals rarely respect anything.
The vandalism of the Cenotaph comes at a time when we are commemorating the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion on 6 June 1944. You often see posts comparing the 1939-1945 generations to the “snowflake” generation that is currently shouting the odds from the comfort of their digital lifestyle. As a former national serviceman I am against those who advocate a similar system for youngsters today. Civil service yes, military service no!
In South Africa the lockdown regulations were declared unconstitutional and therefore invalid. Justice Norman Davis found that both the level 3 and level 4 regulations are “irrational”. Naturally the government will appeal the verdict and this will drag on through the courts leaving lots of smiling lawyers and large amounts of money being spent. Schools in the country are due to reopen but that is being contested too.
I am afraid there are no winners this week, it has been all conflict and turmoil wherever I look and even the weather has been lousy. The next few days could see a spike in the numbers, and that is a bad thing. It was announced that masks would be compulsory on public transport and I bet that soon they will be compulsory everywhere. I am not a happy camper about that though as I do see even more discomfort from the Xerostomia that I suffer with. I wonder if I can get hold of a breath screen like Darth Vader had?
I popped down to town this morning and quite a few things have changed. For starters there are all these red and white bollard thangs in the street, presumably to provide space for people to queue 2 metres apart. It is going to play havoc with the already chaotic traffic in town though, the roads are already narrow as it is.
Three new additions have also made their appearance.
But one of the most important signs I saw was:
Yes it is true, shops are opening in the 15th and I just hope that they can survive long enough to become profitable. Unfortunately some will not make it through this difficult time, but others have adapted and even expanded to cater for takeaways, deliveries and social distancing.
On the viewing front I am currently watching an anime called Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou and it is awesome. It is not the sort of anime that would garner massive viewership due to its lack of characters, fan service or contiguous story. It does however have amazing backgrounds and leaves more questions than answers. There are really only two characters in it and they are excellent. I love the post apocalyptic feel of it, and visually it is stunning.
DRW 2020. Created 07/06/2020.