Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2020/05/05

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Nathan Wajsman

Alicante, Spain <>
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"I?m not arguing, I?m just explaining why I?m right"

> On 2 May 2020, at 00:58, Douglas Barry <imra at> wrote:
> The key starts to turn here - a little.
> Despite the fact that many countries are fudging their causes of death and 
> not including care homes, etc., our own very worrying CoVid death rate per 
> million of population stands at 256 - the 12th worst in the world (the US 
> is 16th on 198). However, from Tuesday, people who are over 70 and who 
> right now have to cocoon, can go outside as long as they avoid contact 
> with others (shopping for instance). The current 2km exercise restriction 
> for all of the Irish population including myself will be extended to 5km. 
> That should open up more chances to get some photographic variety as long 
> I don't die doing it!
> Subject to how this works out with future CoVid infections, and consequent 
> deaths, these further relaxations below will be considered, but each will 
> be dependent on no problems with the one that went before.
> Phase One (18 May)
> Outdoor meetings between people from different households will be allowed 
> and childcare for healthcare workers will be opened
> Phased return of outdoor workers such as gardeners and repair workers, as 
> well as the opening of retailers which are primarily outdoor
> Certain outdoor public amenities will also be opened
> Phase Two
> Household visits will be allowed and plans will be in place to open up 
> business with consideration for safety of staff and customers
> Small retail outlets will open with social distancing observed
> Open public libraries.
> Phase Three
> Small social gatherings will be permitted and playgrounds will open, while 
> creches, childminders and pre-schools will be available for children of 
> essential workers in a phased manner
> Those with low levels of interaction can return to work
> Non-essential retail outlets with street level entrance and exit can open.
> Phase Four
> Creches, childminders and pre-schools will be opened for children of all 
> other workers on a gradually-increasing basis.
> Those who cannot work from home will return to work
> There will be a gradual easing of restrictions for higher-risk services 
> like hairdressers
> Opening of museums, galleries and places of worship.
> Phase Five
> Larger social gatherings will be allowed and workers across all sectors 
> can return to the workplace
> On a phased basis, commencing at the beginning of the academic year 
> 2020/2021, primary and secondary schools and third level institutions will 
> reopen
> At this point there will be further easing of restrictions on high-risk 
> retail services.
> However, while all of this looks very encouraging, the reality is there is 
> no vaccine, testing is not comprehensive enough here in Ireland (or 
> probably anywhere else!), test results are too slow, antibody tests are 
> not available, and there is no certainty as to whether a person who got 
> CoVid before and recovered, is still at risk of another infection. So in 
> reality, it's time to put my head between my knees, and hope.
> Douglas
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