12 Mar March Covid-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update 12/03/2021
I hope you are all keeping well.
Since my last update there has been little in the way of change in direction from Government and consequently very little for me to pass on. We are of course aware that this week schools have returned, and I am sure we will all watch closely progress through Government’s roadmap to lifting lockdown. Even if we do not reach what we would have considered normal a year ago, we may reach something approaching it by the summer.
I sent my first update to you all on 13th March 2020, almost exactly a year ago. Over the last 12 months we have seen great and profound sorrow and a truly unprecedented rate of scientific progress to meet the challenge we have faced. We continue to see the effectiveness of the vaccine and at the time of writing more than 23 million people, over 33% of the adult population, have received their first dose and around 1.4 million have had their second dose. Many of you receiving this email will have already had your first dose and it is by a truly extraordinary national effort that this has been made possible.
We know the Government are being firm that their roadmap dates are “not sooner than” dates and not are set in stone. The latest rules and guidance are available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and this is being updated when it changes.
Even with an effective vaccine COVID-19 will not disappear and our responsibilities to ourselves and others continues. COVID-19 is likely to be with us for a very long time and while we hope not to see the same course of events as we have seen in the last 12 months, we will need to continue to live and deal with this.
I am cautious of saying such things but I think, and sincerely hope, that we are now at the beginning of the end.
Before I finish my last regular update, I would like to express our thanks to all of you who have passed on your appreciation to us over the last year. In these times in particular more than any, it means a great deal and it is gratefully received.
I wish everyone the very best for the future.
Stay safe and kind regards;
James Sumner FdA