Jenny Rees Mann LRPS


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1st May  Cottage Isolation Diary day 52

cases 177,454; official figures of deaths 27,510. +739 today.


Like a young sales manager who has exceeded his ‘monthly sales target’  and is thus expecting a big bonus, Matt Hancock bounced happily into today’s news conference. The fact that he’d fiddled the numbers to reach his 100,000 tests (by counting tests sent out, rather than tests actually performed) was something he hoped people wouldn’t notice. But we did. Didn’t see much sign of sadness for the 739 who had died today.



There is a story being planted today in the rightwing press (Dominic Cummings’s work?). Three separate pieces in the Telegraph & Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 selling the line that people who insist on sheltering at home after May 12th (or whenever the Govt declares everything OK) are ‘Paranoid’ and afraid to leave the house. The fact that these perfectly rational people have decided they’re still not willing to risk the virus, is discounted. They should be out spending money in Costa, buying MacDonalds, supporting the economy.

The public is now accepting 300 or so Old people dying everyday  as the new ‘Norm’. Using the Army/battle terms being adopted by politicians, they are just collateral damage. But 739 deaths today might be harder for Boris to explain. I don’t want to be co-lateral damage personally. And fewer people clapping the NHS on Thursday too. Getting bored.


Chris Witty - “It is entirely plausible for a second wave to actually be more severe than the first if it is not mitigated.

Covid-19 is a very long way from finished and eradication is technically impossible for this disease.”

”There may be a seasonal element to this, we don’t know, it’s too early with this virus.”

He went on: “It’s not just in Game Of Thrones that winter is always coming – it is also true in every health service.

“It may be that there’s a seasonal element and if so, for most respiratory viruses, they are more likely to be transmitted, there is a higher likelihood of transmission, in the winter.”


And so I seek solace in the garden. Now full of delicate fairy-light Aquilegias which sway with the breeze. So many colours - we go from pink through maroon, scarlet, yellow and whites. And we eat Jerusalem artichokes and leeks, which came safely through the winter with us.