Wednesday 18 March, 2020, this is the Starship Enter… oh wait hang on, wrong intro, lemme start again.
Wednesday 18 March 2020 – Day 3 of South Africa’s not-quite forced isolation – 116 cases reported nationally, in a total population of 60 million, give or take a few thousand undocumented from Zimbabwe. Yes, we know, it’s going to get a whole lot worse, we’re late bloomers.
Since I am now forcibly stuck at home, as opposed to just loving time off driving tourists around, and my business has come to a complete standstill, I may as well resurrect this blog. I suspect I am not the only one and WordPress must be pretty busy right now with 21st century re-diarists.
Three days ago our (fairly new and much better than the previous) President addressed the nation and acknowledged that the world is in the grips of a pandemic so he declared a national disaster, the worst in a hundred years. This is not the same thing as a national emergency which is the next and more serious step (and still not the same as the State of Emergency the apartheid government used to declare every time they wanted to clamp down on rebellious black people, but that’s another story and another era).
Certain stringent measures are now in place to curb the spread. This southern part of Africa (which is a continent of 56 countries, (give or take one in dispute to the north-west) is not yet in winter so we have not been hit as hard as the north, YET. Some countries, such as Angola and Zimbabwe, are reporting NO cases at all and quite frankly I say liar liar pants on fire because they may be poor but they have an elite that travels to Europe. We shall see, their numbers will no doubt shoot straight to a high figure when they are forced to announce, or test.
My clients are mostly from France and Switzerland which are in lockdown so all my bookings are cancelled. My bank, like all of them I guess, is a thieving motherfucker so we are not holding our breath to see what they say about some respite and moratorium and interest rates, but hopefully our President, who does understand economics (unlike his predecessor who couldn’t even manage his own piggy-bank), will be having strong words with them as I type. Oh please please make it happen because this is not a good time for me to go and live in the streets.
Winter is coming and the dragon is here.
- Schools are closed as of today and the number of prank calls to the South African Corvid-19 hotline has doubled overnight.
- Ibuprofen is not to be taken at the moment – it exacerbates the symptoms of the virus.
- Panicking is not the same as taking precautions.
- Not everyone has the same privileges – the poor can’t stockpile.
- Stockpiling is not the same as stocking up to avoid going out to the shops all the time.