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Letter: Lockdown will live long in all our memories

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SIR – Lockdown: a word which will stay in the memory for a long time after the coronavirus had faded into the background, even though, like the bubonic plague of 1665, it will never disappear completely. (The last reported case of bubonic plague was in July this year!)

My heart goes out to all those who have lost family and friends, and also to NHS nurses and medical staff, not forgetting all those other vital workers such as porters, postmen, police and refuse collectors.

So many people have not even been able to support or visit those in care homes, in hospital – especially pregnant mums, or properly mourn those who have died.

I have every sympathy for our scientists and government who from the start have been working in the dark ever since Covid-19 reared its ugly head, and are having to deal with the unknown.

The graphic films shown on television are a warning as to what can happen to us if we become gravely ill.

I wonder who has instigated the forthcoming enquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic (although there has been no recent mention of this). No doubt someone/something will be made a scapegoat of this whole sorry mess. The present government has its faults but one does wonder if any other party could have done any better?

We, in this country, should practice a bit more self-control, patience and thought for others, judging by the crowded beaches earlier in the year, and also the numbers who appeared when the pubs were allowed to open.

The virus is still very much with us, and will be so for much longer than we realise. Having been in touch with the local police I was told they were dreading the easing of lockdown.

It is splendid news that a number of vaccines are now ready and that certain people have begun to receive the one available to us in the U.K.

Last, but definitely not least, our very grateful thanks must go to those in our local community who have come forward to assist with shopping etc, risking their own health by doing so. Our local shops have done a magnificent job in keeping open when so many others have had to remain closed.

Here’s to a safe, pleasant and peaceful Christmas, and a better, brighter 2021.

Kara Hawks,


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