Written December 19, 2020.
We’re in the city, getting ready to leave for Melbourne- then suddenly –
So sad. 39 infections, all near the Northern beaches but that’s enough for Daniel Andrews, the Victorian premier.He’s put up the border. As he should. Victorians battled so hard to get the numbers down, at the time as high as in the UK, but whereas the UK spiralled out of control, Andrews imposed a 3 month strict lockdown I’ve talked about before. He saved tens of thousands of lives. Whereas the UK has a death toll of over 60,000, and today it’s said that last week, one person in a hundred over there has the virus, now in Victoria, they’ve had double donut days for about 42 days. Now five cases in quarantine, so only one donut, but that’s 0 local transmissions.
So our Christmas treat is canceled, going to GG’s niece in Melbourne and her family, K’s little second cousins. HIs sister Susan from Perth can fly there, but thanks to that infected airline crew and the silly loophole fixed up now but too late, we won’t. Airline crew only had to self-isolate. Are there penalties for disobeying the rules? Cancelled AiRBNB, postponed flights. We’ll take K and escape from the city again, since the virus might get out of control
At least, second time around, we know how to escape. And the river house is no longer a fishing shack after this year’s wrestle of getting it into shape. There’s veggies growing, and we know how to go down the river to get provisions. We’ll be lonely, but there’s each other. And zoom. And neighbours, I hope, from Boxing Day on. And perhaps people to ask for a drink in the pergola on Christmas night.
I ring Sarah, my dear friend who works in a hospital in North Hampton in the UK. I daren’t complain. She’s refused the vaccine because of her autoimmune condition, and no one’s seen the data on that, but her colleagues have had the vaccine and will now be reckless, now they’re safe. At least in October Boris Johnson mandated that in hospitals everywhere, they have to wear masks. She’s safer than she was. But when she went this week to London to deliver a present to her Dad, she said that all London, in the most severe lockdown Boris has mandated, was bustling. Crowds everywhere. All shops and cafes open.The only thing shut were the pubs.