COVID-19: Non-Medical Effects (Responses; Disruptions; Etc.)

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I actually had my vaccine at my GP’s building, one of the pieces of paper I did get has a space for next vaccine shot but it’s just a printed pamphlet with no details of anything on it.
That leads to the next question - would you have to be fully vaccinated to go for a drink, or would partly vaccinated be acceptable?

I suspect it's another one of these situations where a politician has said something off the cuff and the civil servants start banging their heads off the table.
 

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Nope, I thought I would get one and I was handed a pile of stuff but no little card. When I have gone back and looked at various people posting their card I notice they all say NHS England.
OK, I guess Scottish NHS has chosen to do something different.
 

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Here's a frustrating indirect side-effect of pandemic conditions ... If your attorney can't adhere to COVID-related rules applying to court and court procedures you may find your case dismissed entirely.
Plaintiff loses after lawyer refuses to wear mask in court

A woman lost her personal injury lawsuit after her lawyer refused to wear a mask in court and the judge threw out her case, which had been set for trial.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that Brooklyn Judge Lawrence Knipel tossed the case after attorney Howard Greenwald said he could not breathe wearing the mask in the newly reopened court. ...

Knipel told the newspaper the woman would have legal recourse to continue her litigation even though he dismissed the case.

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/new-york...rus-pandemic-87758cb8cbe9df0e3f4ef58c64a67b25
 

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They didn't give you a little card? That's the standard procedure.
Me too. I've read it (for once).
Firstly it states when I was vaccinated, with which vaccination, and when my (very obvious) second vaccination is due.
It might be simplified if there was a consistent application, which Gordon shows a flaw: you should get your jab, first, second, done. You get a little card along with a sweetie and a sticker with "I've been done!" on it. If and it's a big IF someone official wants to know if you've been vaccinated, you have proof. No need for bloody smartphones, no need for data retention. Lose the card? Easy to replace. Job done.
The actual use of such vaccination cards being applied to business entry is an entirely different issue.
 

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Is this really in the spirit of the law?

Ghost-hunters have been fined for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules after they met at a spooky derelict building.

Police found 12 people gathered inside an "incredibly dangerous" building in the countryside near Chester on Saturday night. Most admitted they were "paranormal activity investigators" while some claimed to be "urban explorers".

The ghost-hunters had travelled from West Yorkshire and Derbyshire, said a Cheshire Police spokesman.

"There were no permissions granted for anyone to be in the building which was in a poor state of repair," he added. "As a result, it was an incredibly dangerous place to be, with parts of the building subject to collapse."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-56562474
 

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Not getting into the politics of it but this does summon up an amusing image (Dutch PM).

And yet images of the caretaker prime minister, sprinting through the corridors of parliament in the early hours of the morning, pursued by journalists with their microphones attached to sticks - to allow for socially-distanced interviews - gave the impression of an animal being hunted.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56611399
 

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Not getting into the politics of it but this does summon up an amusing image (Dutch PM).

And yet images of the caretaker prime minister, sprinting through the corridors of parliament in the early hours of the morning, pursued by journalists with their microphones attached to sticks - to allow for socially-distanced interviews - gave the impression of an animal being hunted.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56611399

A previous Dutch PM wasn't so lucky.

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"There were no permissions granted for anyone to be in the building which was in a poor state of repair," he added. "As a result, it was an incredibly dangerous place to be, with parts of the building subject to collapse."
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-56562474
That's the whole point about "urban explorers", isn't it? No permissions, no safety equipment - just some torches, smartphones, perhaps a halfway decent video camera and a You Tube channel to clickbait.
 

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End the hygiene theater, CDC says

It’s time to unplug the sanitizing robots and put away the bottles of Clorox that seem to line the entrances to every school, restaurant and supermarket wanting to advertise its safety protocols. While such protocols may be reassuring to an anxious populace, they are not necessary, says a revised guidance issued on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the new CDC guidance says, estimating that the chance of contracting the coronavirus through surface transmission is lower than 1 in 10,000.

https://news.yahoo.com/end-the-hygi...rygQ-7DK2dtJk3mKDqW2RzVnsU8wmbkpTRg3XSGklRFSi

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Covid has given the HK dolphins a new porpoise in life.

HONG KONG — The most popular reward for hiking to the top of Fu Shan, a hill near Hong Kong’s westernmost point, is a selfie backed by the setting sun, the gleaming new bridge across the Pearl River or a flight landing at the nearby airport.

But for those who look more closely, there is the chance of a rarer prize: a glimpse of Chinese white dolphins swimming among fishing boats and cargo ships in the milky jade water.

“It’s amazing that Hong Kong still has this kind of rare animal,” said Michelle Chan, as she watched from Fu Shan on a recent day.

On the water below, a half-dozen tourist boats from the nearby fishing village of Tai O surrounded a single white dolphin. People cheered as it breached.

The species, also known as the pink dolphin for the flush coloration it gets while swimming actively in warm waters, is found through much of coastal south China and Southeast Asia. It has a special place in Hong Kong, where it appears in statues and school lessons and was a mascot for the 1997 return of the former British colony to Chinese control.

The marine mammals have maintained a precarious existence in the Pearl River Delta, which has the world’s second-highest volume of freight shipments, several cities with populations in the millions and an unrelenting pace of development in and along its waters. ...

The coronavirus pandemic, however, has spurred some hope that the dolphins could find respite. Regional travel restrictions led to the suspension of high-speed ferries that crossed the Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau, a few times each hour, curbing one key threat to the animals. ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/world/asia/hong-kongs-pink-dolphins.html
 

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Up shit creek without a paddle.

A kayaker thought to have breached Covid rules by travelling from England to camp at Loch Lomond had to be rescued after getting stuck on an island without a paddle.

The man had been camping on the west side of Inchtavannach over the weekend. He returned to his kayak after a walk around the island on Tuesday afternoon to find his paddle missing. The police were alerted and the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat sent out to take him back to his car on the mainland.

A statement issued by the rescue boat team confirmed the man and his equipment had been safely dropped off at Aldochly, near Luss.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-56661199
 

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Brazil prostitutes strike for first-line Covid shots

Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte in southeast Brazil have gone on strike for a week, demanding to be included in the group of front-line workers receiving priority coronavirus vaccines.

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Thousands of sex workers in the city have been forced by pandemic-related closure of hotels -- where they rented rooms to sell their services -- to solicit for clients on the street, they say.

"We are in the front line, moving the economy and we are at risk," Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes of Minas Gerais state, [said]. "We need to get vaccinated."

https://news.yahoo.com/brazil-prost...mDBuDhI5wesJLwLcdx-IDvT5b50go6NySBBk64G8ZXS5p

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Dutch authorities are dealing with a series of destructive attacks on COVID-19 testing and vaccination centers.
Dutch police detain man in plot to attack vaccination center

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of plotting a crime with “terrorist intent” for allegedly planning to set off what they described as a “firework bomb” at a coronavirus vaccination center, prosecutors said Thursday.

The man, whose identity was not released in line with Dutch privacy guidelines, was arrested March 18. He allegedly wanted to attack the former town hall in the northern port of Den Helder, 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Amsterdam, which is being used as a vaccination center. ...

Early last month, a blast caused by what police called a “homemade device” smashed windows at a coronavirus testing center in a small Dutch town. Nobody was hurt in the explosion. In January, rioters torched a coronavirus test facility in the fishing village of Urk on the first night of a 9 p.m.-to-4:30 a.m. nationwide curfew ...

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/health-a...ndemic-crime-5119b6ab1b0fcbed15a8276b36bb06be
 

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Last week, Boris Johnson warned that people should not be allowing others into their homes, even if they had both had the vaccine.

Can we all take a moment to think about how sinister this is?
 

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It is so bad in Brazil, WHO told the president to shut down the country.

The president said never.
 

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Perhaps predictably ... American market demand for toilet paper has fallen below pre-pandemic levels as folks use up the stockpiles they accumulated in the early days of lockdowns.
Americans have too much toilet paper. It is catching up to companies.

Tissue sales fall to below pre-pandemic levels as consumers work through their stockpiles

After a year in which toilet-tissue shortages left consumers scrambling for squares, sales are plummeting to below pre-pandemic levels.

Bath-tissue sales in January fell more than 4% from the same period a year earlier, before the spread of Covid-19 spurred Americans to load up on staples from toilet paper to sanitary wipes, according to figures from NielsenIQ. The decline, which comes even though legions of Americans continue to work and attend school from home, indicates last year's stockpiling is starting to have an effect on sales. ...

FULL STORY: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifesty...h-toilet-paper-it-is-catching-up-to-companies
 

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And all those c***s who bought out bags of flour, that my firm relies on, and who were too stupid to figure out/could be bothered to bake bread.
"Yeah, I'm so middle-classed that I am now forced to make my own bread - complete revelation to me, right? - and now I don't need to, I've got all this specialist flour that'll be binned.
But I really care about the environment, yah?"
(I may be bitter, but ... no. I am bitter.)
 

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I bet it was a crap site even before the pigeon arrived.

A pigeon caused a Covid-19 testing site to be temporarily closed for over four hours, a council said.

The Centre AT7 site in Coventry closed at about 11:30 BST after the bird flew into the building, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said. Coventry City Council said the centre had to be deep cleaned before it was able to reopen to the public. The local authority confirmed the testing site reopened just after 16:00 on Wednesday.

The site is one of seven asymptomatic Covid testing sites in the city and provides lateral flow tests, which give results in 30 minutes.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-56746699
 

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Garden Gnome shortage. Thefts are probably up as well but this is low on police priorities.

Supply chain issues and the popularity of garden centres during lockdown are causing a shortage of garden gnomes.

The ornaments are in short supply with raw materials hard to come by and the recent blockage of the Suez Canal contributing to the national shortage.

Ian Byrne, assistant manager of Highfield Garden World in Whitminster, said there had been a "massive upswing" in the sales of garden gnomes.

"We haven't seen a gnome in six months now unfortunately," he said.

Mr Byrne said garden centres had experienced a "boom" and that their popularity was causing issues with the availability of many popular items.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56748561
 

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Materials shortage?
Nonsense. It's supply-chain issues created from bulk-buying cheap crap from China.
Why not get an existing set of gnomes, make a rubber mould and paint the plaster result. Does exactly the same and you'd make a mint.
Don't tell me the plaster-of-Paris and mould equipment is sitting in a 40T container in the Mediterranean.
 

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Materials shortage?
Nonsense. It's supply-chain issues created from bulk-buying cheap crap from China.
Why not get an existing set of gnomes, make a rubber mould and paint the plaster result. Does exactly the same and you'd make a mint.
Don't tell me the plaster-of-Paris and mould equipment is sitting in a 40T container in the Mediterranean.
Better of with a bag of ready mix cement from a diy store, it will last longer than plaster of paris :)
 

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Town Crier Championship silenced by Covid. Maybe they should have mimed the news?

For the first time in its history, this year's British Town Crier Championships is being held in complete silence.

As the country starts to exit lockdown, the UK's top professional shouters will be judged on their written cries alone. The Loyal Company of Town Criers, which hosts the competition, has received hundreds of entries from across the country.

Organiser and Bishops Stortford crier Carole Williams said it was "a return to the bare bones of crying. It's a real skill to write a cry that sticks to the theme, that enlightens people, and doesn't bore the audience. And it all has to be done in 140 words," she said.

Organisers decided to judge the 2021 competition without sound because not everyone is able to record a good-quality video, she added. ...

Dorchester's crier, Alistair Chisholm, is a 10-time and current national champion who describes crying as "an extreme sport".
He said the quality of the written cries was important, but the competition would not be the same without sound.

"When you write a cry you write it for you," he said. "You put in your own expression onto the page for your voice alone."

He added that he tried crying in a face mask during lockdown, but "they make it come out all muffly".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-56766202
 

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Town Crier Championship silenced by Covid. Maybe they should have mimed the news?

For the first time in its history, this year's British Town Crier Championships is being held in complete silence.

As the country starts to exit lockdown, the UK's top professional shouters will be judged on their written cries alone. The Loyal Company of Town Criers, which hosts the competition, has received hundreds of entries from across the country.

Organiser and Bishops Stortford crier Carole Williams said it was "a return to the bare bones of crying. It's a real skill to write a cry that sticks to the theme, that enlightens people, and doesn't bore the audience. And it all has to be done in 140 words," she said.

Organisers decided to judge the 2021 competition without sound because not everyone is able to record a good-quality video, she added. ...

Dorchester's crier, Alistair Chisholm, is a 10-time and current national champion who describes crying as "an extreme sport".
He said the quality of the written cries was important, but the competition would not be the same without sound.

"When you write a cry you write it for you," he said. "You put in your own expression onto the page for your voice alone."

He added that he tried crying in a face mask during lockdown, but "they make it come out all muffly".

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-56766202
Seems a bit pointless really, a bit like having the eurovision song contest were the countries are just judged on the lyrics of their songs. I think the clue is in the word 'crier' otherwise it would be the 'town speach writer' competition! There is no reason why the contestants cannot supply a video (recorded within covid safety measures) of their crying is there?
 

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Seems a bit pointless really, a bit like having the eurovision song contest were the countries are just judged on the lyrics of their songs. I think the clue is in the word 'crier' otherwise it would be the 'town speach writer' competition! There is no reason why the contestants cannot supply a video (recorded within covid safety measures) of their crying is there?
I would have thought that one requirement for town crier competition was that it was held outside, because that's, you know, where they would normally cry.
 

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Another oxygen loss tragedy.

At least 22 Covid patients have died in a hospital in India after they lost oxygen supply due to a leak.

The incident occurred on Wednesday while an oxygen tanker was refilling a storage tank at the Zakir Hussain hospital in Nashik city. It's unclear how the accident happened and why it interrupted supply to patients. But officials said there was no oxygen flowing to ventilators for about 30 minutes, leading to the deaths.

"We will enquire into the matter and take action," the city's municipal commissioner Kailash Jadhav said.

The hospital had called in tankers after it had begun to run out of oxygen. Hospitals across the country are struggling to keep oxygen supply going amid soaring demand.

"We want strict action against the culprits," Amol Vyavhare, whose grandmother was one of the patients who died due to a lack of oxygen, told BBC Marathi.

Vicky Jadhav, whose grandmother was also among those who died, said she was "doing fine" when he left the hospital to bring her food.

"That's when I got a call that she had become critical. When I asked hospital authorities, they said that there is no oxygen left in the hospital."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-56830418
 
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