In March 2020 the world finally woke up to the reality that Coronavirus (COVID19) was a pandemic. The governments of the world responded at their own pace according to the information that they comprehended by the observations of other countries. And I must not forget the science assisted their strategies for the management of the pandemic.
In London, England and the rest of the England the government instructed everybody to stay at home. The rainbow arc can be seen in most windows worldwide. It was adopted as the symbol of hope and solidarity, and after eight weeks it was a fitting symbol as we begin to leave our individual arks.
During those eight weeks it was exceptionally quiet on London roads which gave me the opportunity, as part of my daily exercise, to walk and cycle around London whilst capturing images.
The key players in this COVID19 pandemic are the NHS for England. They had to care for the sick. Thank you for all your work. Florence Nightingale’s birth was celebrated by The World Health Organisation as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. On the 12th May 2020 a light was requested to be placed in the window of your property at 8 p.m. to celebrate the 200th year of Florence Nightingale.
Thank you keyworkers! Bus drivers, home care and care home workers, supermarket workers and cleaners. Without you the whole country would fall apart. Descendants of the Windrush Generation you are still playing your part in keeping England running.
25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
Job 19:25 – The Bible, New King James Version
My deepest sympathy to the families who have loves ones that have died of coronavirus. As of the 17th May 2020 there are 244,000 confirmed cases and 34,636 deaths in the United Kingdom. For the world there are 4.71 million confirmed cases and 315,000 deaths. The good news is that 1.73 million have recovered.
One thing I missed was the journey home to Jamaica. Flights in the sky are a rear event and are mainly shifting cargo or doing repatriation. When it is safe I will “fly away home, fly ……”
Having to queue to get into a shop must have been a shock to the system for some people. As can be seen from the images I captured it soon became the new normal.
The pavement has new images to remind us that the situation was serious and we had to keep our distance from each other.
Cycling around London, England was nice. The streets were empty of cars. This was the best time to get around. Have a look at the images. Have you ever seen London so quiet when it should be busy?
The police were given extra powers to ensure that people were complying with stay at home instructions.
Part of staying at home allowed you to go out and do exercise. A lot of people were jogging and cycling which meant I had to avoid certain places due to overcrowding.
By Friday, 8th May 2020, I had built up so much strength so I needed to cycle further distances. The May Day was spent at Tower Bridge with the rest of the cyclist who were thinking the same thing. It was a lovely day. I even made a stop in Tower Hamlets to capture people by a stretch of water.
Now this annoyed me. The hygiene masks and gloves being disposed off as litter on the street. Once again the environment is being polluted. Use the bins provided or take it home and dispose of it.
The government has finally realised the importance of cleaner transport. Hopefully by the end of this year they will speed up the approval of e-scooters. They are a common thing on the streets of Paris.
With the start of the year I could not remember if there were two or three super moons. On each occasion it was cloudy or I missed the timings. I was determined to catch the last one for the year so I cycled to Alexandra Palace, London, England to capture it. It was cloudy and I could not find it. I finally asked somebody only to find out that they were looking for the moon also. It made a brief appearance from behind the clouds at 9 p.m. on the 7th May 2020. I got it!
A 5 a.m. the next day I got up early to capture a final shot.
This has nothing to do with COVID19. I needed a place to park these images.