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Are we approaching another lockdown?

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WishIwasyounger Fri 19-Mar-21 17:17:17

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the graph of new cases seems to be leveling out? Some European countries seem to be going back into lockdown, so I'm now getting anxious that we're not going to be back to normal for ages. Will my grand daughter ever see normal life?

Urmstongran Fri 19-Mar-21 17:20:31

It’s at the back of my mind too. One one hand I find myself thinking ‘why did Rishi Sunak extend the furlough scheme till the end of October then?’ And then I reassure myself that Carrie wants to marry Boris as soon as restrictions are lifted ...
😂

Ellianne Fri 19-Mar-21 17:27:58

Will my granddaughter ever see normal life?
12 months on WishIwereyounger and I feel as you do. The younger generation has my greatest sympathy. They must be tired of being told what not to do. I hope if things do get bad, measures can be put in place taking them more into consideration.

keepingquiet Fri 19-Mar-21 17:28:34

Cases are levelling out. not rising. R is still below 1, about 0.8. You are right to be slightly anxious, as we won't be back to 'normal' (whatever that means) for a long time.
You don't say how old your granddaughter is, but the younger she is the more normal this will be. I feel for older kids, though even though they are back at school life is not what it was for them.

nanaK54 Fri 19-Mar-21 17:31:01

We must, in my humble opinion, be optimistic, the vaccine roll out seems to be going well...

Riverwalk Fri 19-Mar-21 17:32:26

We are already in a Lockdown!

Ellianne Fri 19-Mar-21 17:34:45

grin Riverwalk

Hetty58 Fri 19-Mar-21 17:36:26

I think the 'roadmap' out will probably be as expected - and vaccinations are making a huge difference. Nothing is guaranteed, though, as new variants may arrive at any time.

Shinamae Fri 19-Mar-21 17:38:16

I’m optimistic, have to be…….🙄

grandmajet Fri 19-Mar-21 17:39:57

My fear is that people will start holidaying in Europe where so few are vaccinated. The biggest surge before the first lockdown was people returning from Italy and Spain. Maybe we should just stay in beautiful Britain this year.

BlueBelle Fri 19-Mar-21 17:41:25

There is a reason Europe is going backwards in my opinion and that’s vaccination a lot of european countries do not have good take ups for any vaccinations France has a very anti vaccine stance I believe anyone living in France can put me right if I m wrong and recently there has been bad press
We have managed to do a lot of vaccinating (the only thing we got right in my opinion in this sorry state) and I believe, in the U.K. in the older age group there’s a 90 % take up we have to do all we can to encourage others to take the vaccine and not listen to the anti s
The world will open up again and our teens will get out and about we will heal over and forget about it
My grandkids have bought their summer festival tickets fingers crossed they may even be vaccinated by then

M0nica Fri 19-Mar-21 17:44:33

Our COVID figures are falling dramatically, thanks to the extensive vaccination program in this country and new COVID cases are also very low, so of course they are levelling out, we are unlikely to ever get rid of the virus completely.

Figures are rising rapidly in Europe because they have not been vaccinating their population for all kinds of nonsensical reasons. Looking at the figures for my LA area on this link www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 A site I check every day, the virus has almost disappeared among in the over 60s, although there is a slight rise in the under 60s.

Our figures and European figures are completely decoupled following our mass vaccination program. I see no reason at present why release from controls should not go as planned, the dates are dates FROM, not dates WHEN

Barmeyoldbat Fri 19-Mar-21 17:49:14

Easter will be the crunch time with everyone making then most of Easter. I just hope there is not another lockdown.

Casdon Fri 19-Mar-21 17:56:21

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56441619
This is an example of a very local flare up, I think from now they will be trying very hard very quickly to impose local controls to prevent the whole country needing to go into lockdown again.

Although the rates are low, any delay in the vaccination programme isn’t going to help unfortunately, as we really don’t need the rate to go up exponentially now resulting in a high hospital admission rate for the under 50s, the sooner all adults who want it are vaccinated the better.

I’m not expecting the country to go back to normal this year, but with a fair wind and sensible behaviour we should be in a much better position than we are now soon. I hope so, I can’t wait to see my daughter!

Ellianne Fri 19-Mar-21 18:07:44

Barmeyoldbat

Easter will be the crunch time with everyone making then most of Easter. I just hope there is not another lockdown.

But aren't we still in lockdown until the week after Easter, April 12th? I should imagine that's why it was done that way, to stop everyone.

Jaxjacky Fri 19-Mar-21 18:09:10

BlueBelle I don’t live in France, but did and there is another concern. With some areas entering a lockdown tonight many, Parisiens are mentioned, are dispersing to either summer or family homes in the more rural areas which are relatively Covid free. To the OP’s question, I sincerely hope not, I’m really hoping the current vaccines are robust and people continue being considerate.

Ellianne Fri 19-Mar-21 18:12:30

Yes, Jj, my friends in Brittany are less than ecstatic tonight. Every train out of Montparnasse is "complet."

Barmeyoldbat Fri 19-Mar-21 18:18:16

I know that lockdown change on April 12th, but that won't stop people gathering in large groups. We will wait and see.

GagaJo Fri 19-Mar-21 18:19:58

Yup. I am in Switzerland and I know of only TWO people who have been vaccinated.

Blossoming Fri 19-Mar-21 18:23:33

Some of us are still in the first lockdown.

BlueSky Fri 19-Mar-21 18:38:44

We are not out of the current lockdown yet!

rosie1959 Fri 19-Mar-21 18:44:59

We actually come out of lockdown 29th March
I believe we will continue as set out and lift all restrictions in June

Lillie Fri 19-Mar-21 18:47:15

Confusing what everyone is perceiving as lockdown and when?

LauraNorder Fri 19-Mar-21 18:54:24

Thanks for the link Casdon, we also have a spike in Anglesey thought to be the same causes as in Merthyr Tydfil.
We may be heading to local lockdown.
The cases in Europe seem to be the so called Kent variant so highly contagious and very worrying. I just hope the world gets a handle on vaccination before this thing mutates

maddyone Fri 19-Mar-21 18:59:00

Please God, I don’t think I can bear it. I was optimistic with the vaccination scheme going so well. But now, things don’t look quite as rosy. I don’t want to live the rest of my life like this. It’s worse for children and younger people.