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This time a year ago the world watched on as we heard about a new contagious illness in China called Coronavirus, or Covid-19. We were told it came from someone eating a bat from a wet market in Wuhan. Life carried on as normal for the rest of the world for the next few weeks until the virus gradually spread around the entire world.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson started a 3 week lockdown on the evening of 23rd of March 2020 ๐Ÿšซ This was then extended on 16th April for a further 3 weeks

On the 5th April he was admitted to hospital after 10 days self isolating with the Corona Virus ๐Ÿงช

On the 6th April he is in intensive care with deteriorating symptoms ๐Ÿ˜ท

The Queen addressed the nation at 8pm on 5th April ๐Ÿ‘‘

USA President Donald Trump suggests injecting disinfectant could be a cure! ๐Ÿ’‰ ๐Ÿ˜ณ Prompts warning statement from manufacturers not to do this!

Excel now known as NHS Nightingale and will be a hospital for up to 4,000 patients, most of whom are on ventilators. Similar venues being used in cities across the country. Opened by Prince Charles at 11am on 3rd April ๐Ÿฅ

Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people in enforced isolation due to exposure, in their community - told not to go out for 12 weeks๐Ÿง“๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป

From Thursday 26th March at 8pm and every Thursday night thereafter, we all stood united on our doorsteps, balconies and open windows and applauded and cheered for all our amazingly brave NHS staff ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ who so courageously and selflessly battled on to try and save as many lives as possible โค๏ธ

Petrol โ›ฝ๏ธ price close to home ๐Ÿก was ยฃ1.02. Was this an opportunity to go green, only time will tell.

Schools closed on Friday 20 March. ๐Ÿซ Remote learning in place ๐ŸŽ“

Self-distancing measures required โ˜น๏ธ

Tape on the floors at grocery stores โŒ and others to help distance shoppers ๐Ÿ›’ (2 mtrs) from each other.

Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors ๐Ÿฌ

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed ๐Ÿšซ People who can work ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป from home ๐Ÿก

Parks ๐Ÿ• trails, entire cities ๐Ÿข closed or restricted to locals only in their bubble.

Entire sports โšฝ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‰ ๐ŸŽพ seasons cancelled.

The Olympics & Paralympicโ€™s, where athletes would have made their mark and additional Euro 2020 were postponed to 2021. ๐Ÿ”ตโšฝ๏ธโšซโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ด

Concerts ๐ŸŽซ tours ๐ŸšŒ festivals ๐Ÿคน๐Ÿป entertainment events ๐ŸŽญ cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Weddings ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿป family celebrations ๐Ÿฅณ holiday gatherings ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Only very few people allowed to attend funerals & social distancing rules must be adhered to โšฐ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ข

No masses - churches โ›ช๏ธ are closed ๐Ÿšซ

No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more. Now.... Don't socialize with anyone outside of your home bubble โš—๏ธ

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and all other TV networks are on in every home daily now ๐ŸŽฌ

Children's outdoor play parks are closed ๐ŸŽก

We are to distance from each other. Shortage of masks ๐Ÿ˜ท gowns ๐Ÿฅผ gloves ๐Ÿงค for our front-line workers.

Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill ๐Ÿค’ in many parts of the world.

Refrigerated trucks for the dead outside hospitals in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and more. Temporary Morgues set up in the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Panic buying ๐Ÿ›’ sets in and we have limits on toilet paper ๐Ÿงป disinfecting supplies, paper towels, staple foods ๐Ÿฅ— hand sanitizer ๐Ÿงด Flour is hard to get because the packaging comes from China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ and borders are closed ๐Ÿšง

Manufacturers ๐Ÿญ distilleries and other businesses ๐Ÿข switch their lines to help make visors, masks ๐Ÿ˜ท hand sanitizer ๐Ÿงด and PPE ๐Ÿงค

Fines are established for breaking lockdown rules ๐Ÿค‘

Stadiums ๐ŸŸ and recreation facilities overseas open up for the overflow of Covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ  patients.

Public Park ๐Ÿ• areas turned into caravan parks for stranded tourists to self isolate ๐Ÿš

Press conferences daily from the PM ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ and other government ๐Ÿ› officials. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths โšฐ๏ธ

Government ๐Ÿ› incentives to stay home. Barely anyone on the roads ๐Ÿ›ฃ

People wearing masks ๐Ÿ˜ท and gloves outside ๐Ÿงค

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฒ๐Ÿป

Medical field workers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ are afraid to go home to their families ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

A 99 year old WWII veteran Captain Tom Moore raised an amazing ยฃ29 million for NHS charities walking 100 lengths of his garden before he turned 100. His target was ยฃ1000. People from all over the world donated to his cause. ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ’ท

202,660 deaths globally so far as at 25th April 2020
20,319 of them in the UK ๐Ÿ˜ข
53,418 in the USA

This is the Novel Coronavirus ๐Ÿฆ  (Covid-19) Pandemic, WHO declared March 11th, 2020.

Travel restrictions and having to quarantine for 2 weeks when returning from some foreign holiday destinations and this could change daily.

Three tiers of regional severity issued. Tier 1 Medium risk, tier 2 very high risk, tier 3 extremely high risk.

Second lockdown in UK November 2020 moving back into tier severity December 2020.

Vaccines arrive in UK in December - Army deployed to help vaccinate the public starting with the NHS and people over 80 years of age.

Pubs and restaurants still closed.

18th December 2020 - UK has had 1,948,660 cases to date, and 66,052 deaths related to covid-19. ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Worldwide figures are 75,371,570 cases and 1,670,455 deaths.

Three households could form a temporary โ€œChristmas bubbleโ€ to meet together indoors from 23-27 December ๐Ÿšซ cancelled plans!

19th December, PM announced tier 4 for London & the South East with Wales going into lockdown. A new mutation of the virus, 70% more transmissible๏ฟผ then the previous strain with 6 in 10 new cases, stops the UK for the festive period.

1 day of mixing on 25th December. No travelling between tiers 1 through to 4.

Why, you ask, do I write ๐Ÿ“ this status?

One day it will show up in my memory ๐Ÿ’ญ feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted ๐Ÿ’•

We have so much! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
Be thankful. Be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Œ
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone ๐Ÿฅฐ

We are all one. This year woke the world up for the better! โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ–ค

What a crazy year 2020 turned into!! We now all wait anxiously to see what 2021 holds for us.

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