BTW. Out of this crappy virus, I have found a wonderful, kind, caring, intelligent and compassionate woman who I had been visiting over 5 months. I run out of adjectives to praise her, highly enough. We were both saying how we probably would not have had the time to be together if not for Covid. Just thought I’d share a little of my happiness.
Great story, there are a lot of good people around.
You are right but sometimes and especially with the way many are judged on social media, it’s more difficult to find them. I am a very happy & lucky man and I know it.
if you see me twitch in my sleep, it’s not women nor booze I’m chasing but the truth.
All ok here at BT Towers, just looking at some latest news items which alarm me, there are still 100's of poor souls dying everyday and things change dramatically on monday.
Scientific advisers to the government have warned of the risk of lifting the lockdown in England, as the UK begins the final weekend before rules change.
Professor John Edmunds said it was a "political decision" to ease measures; Sir Jeremy Farrar said the NHS test and trace system should be "fully working".
From Monday schools will reopen and up to six people can meet in England, with other nations also easing measures.
Police have urged people not to break social distancing rules this weekend.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, has published details of its confidential meetings.
It includes minutes of 34 Sage sessions, going back to 22 January, and a series of scientific reports.
They show one Sage meeting on 23 April estimated there would be only 1,000 cases per day by mid-May.
Instead, estimates by the Office for National Statistics suggest there are currently 8,000 cases per day in England alone.
Those figures do not include cases in care homes or hospitals.
Prof Edmunds, from the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a member of Sage, said the levels of coronavirus were still "very high" and many scientists would rather the number of cases declined before measures were relaxed.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of Sage, said on Twitter that Covid-19 is "spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England" and NHS test and trace "has to be fully working and infection rates have to be lower".
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Prof Peter Horby, who sits on Sage and chairs its NERVTAG subcommittee, agreed, saying the R number was still close to one and it was important we "don't lose control".
"What I would say is that returning to a situation where we lost control again is far worse than another week or two of social measures," he said.
Prof Sally Bloomfield, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, warned against having a barbecue with guests, saying the virus could be present on bottles, cutlery and other objects. Picnics where people brought their own food were a better option, she said.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham also said it was a "dangerous moment" and said the easing of the lockdown was "premature" as he called on the government to reveal the regional R number so that the public can judge the level of risk.