Since my last blog post, the world Coronavirus cases has risen to 70,111,812 as at today, 12 December 2020. Total Deaths being 1,591,595. When I last blogged back in October, the Total Cases was 45,898,590 and deaths 1,193,744. That’s 397,851 more deaths in less that two months.
On 15 March 2020, Western Australia was declared a State of Emergency due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. The entire country went into lockdown, and our state also went into regional lockdowns. We could not travel between regions without having a really good reason to do so and we were told to stay home, unless doing essential shopping or exercise. It was a very surreal experience.
Looking back on the last nine months, we have been so so fortunate compared to the rest of the world. Our government leaders in WA stayed strong and kept our borders closed, even when the regions opened up, the state borders were still closed.
Finally, this past week, WA reopened its borders to Victoria and New South Wales, allowing interstate travellers to come by air or by road in time for Christmas, without the need to quarantine. Travellers will still have to meet a number of conditions, including a health screening and temperature check on arrival in WA. South Australia was regarded as medium risk state however the restrictions meant that if they want to come to WA, they must quarantine so unfortunately that is not enough time for them to be reunited with their families for Christmas. Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory have been able to come for some weeks now.
What COVID19 is doing to people’s mental health is very challenging. I’ve heard stories from friends whose young families have been in quarantine for the 14 days, one with an 18 month old, and it was just mind blowing. The couple are fit and healthy, but being locked indoors, in a small hotel room, would take its toll. The repercussions of this dreadful disease will be felt for many years to come.
I’ve not had any friends or family who have succumbed to COVID-19, yet friends and family in the US, tell me they have lost loved ones. It’s not until you hear their stories, that it becomes upsetting.
Australia hopes to have a vaccine early in 2021, if it is proven to be safe and effective. All vaccines must pass different stages of research trials to prove they are safe and effective. Other countries are rolling out their vaccines.
In my last blog, I mentioned the birth of a new great-grandson who hadn’t been named. He is Zain-Ali Asbullah and we will get to meet him and his two brothers Shukree and Zahkai at Christmas time.