Just so I NEVER forget …..

4th of April 2020

-Day 9, Week 2 of Lockdown

-Cannot leave your home for any reason except essential grocery shopping or medical reasons.

-Petrol price is R13.76.

-Dollar/Rand – $1=R19.05.

-The sale of cigarettes banned.

– The sale of alcohol banned.

-School cancelled.

-Self-distancing measures in place.

-Tape on the floors at grocery stores to help distance shoppers from each other.

-Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.

-Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.

-Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.

-National Parks closed.

-Entire sports seasons cancelled.

-Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events cancelled.

-Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled.

-No masses, churches are closed.

-No gatherings.

-Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home.

-Children’s outdoor play areas closed.

-We are to distance ourselves from each other.

-Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.

-Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.

-Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer. (Not entirely true here in SA by what I’ve seen on my quick trips to the store – but they could change. However, in some stores of these items are sold out.)

-Shelves are bare but restocking as fast as possible.

-Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.

-Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.

-All flights grounded – local & international.

-Fines are established for breaking the rules.

-All medical procedures cancelled unless urgent.

-Press conferences from the President.

-Daily updates on new cases, recoveries and deaths.

– Worldwide confirmed cases 1,078,503, deaths 57,889, recovered 209,997.

– South Africa confirmed cases 1,505, deaths 7, recovered 50.

-Virtually no vehicles on the roads.

-People wearing masks and gloves outside.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

Next year I will see it on my memory feed and hopefully the world will be a happier and more stable place.

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