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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND SPECTRUM IS YELLOW

That’s Why She Wanted All Those Twigs

Coronavirus Belgium Update

The numbers here are good and getting better. The health system coped well with the last wave of infections, which is mostly the less harmful Omicron version of the virus now. As a result, as of Monday, 7th of March 2022, restrictions are downgraded to, what is now called, level yellow. This means that as of Monday, nearly all restrictions will end, except for the wearing of face masks on public transport and in Hospitals and other medical facilities. More detail in the following links.

RECENT COVID-19 FIGURES FOR BELGIUM

CODE YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

I really hope that this is the beginning of the end, this time. But I can’t help getting that nagging feeling that we have been here before.

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STORM EUNICE HITS THIS BLOG – AND SATURDAY’S SORE SEAT

Storm Eunice

The little Burg, where I live, was hit pretty hard by Storm Eunice, on Friday 18th of February and a lot of damage has occurred. As a consequence of this, I will be working this weekend. The weekend is when I find the time to gather weapons and ammo find material for the three main posts that I do for this blog every week. This will not be possible this week. So please excuse me if the posts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are a bit more “Bare Bones” than usual. And now back to the regular Sore Seat.

She Had Earned Her Collar

Above image found at

CONTEMPORARY LIFE

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND THINGS THEY ARE A CHANGING

Raise The Sails And Spanker

First Coronavirus, Belgium Update Since Christmas

This is going to be short summaries of what is happening here, in the land of Waffles, Chocolate and Beer, with links for those that want more information. Remember that the numbers are for a country of around eleven and a half million souls.

What’s been happening since Christmas

We had a new (fourth) wave of infections since Christmas, initially fuelled by the Delta variant but which became superseded by the Omicron variant, which the press branded the fifth wave, but I did not see the fourth wave come down. So make up your own minds on the wave numbers. Infections got ridiculously high, but hospitalizations, ICU use and deaths remained manageable. Now the infection rates are plummeting and The last reproduction rate that I saw was 0.8

THE LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS THAT I HAVE FOR BELGIUM

Rules relaxed

Belgium has gone onto a colour coded barometer system for restrictions and it was decided on Friday, 11th of February 2022 that from next Friday (18th February) we will have restrictions reduced from code Red to code Orange.

CODE ORANGE FROM NEXT FRIDAY

Jabs

The vaccination program proceeds exceptionally well, in Belgium, except for the Brussels region. By the time this post goes live, over 60 percent of Belgium’s total population will have received it’s 3rd (booster) jab, including myself. Rollout of the fourth jab has been launched.

FOURTH COVID-19 JAB AVAILABLE IN BELGIUM SOON

Entering Belgium just got easier

Rules for entering Belgium from abroad have been relaxed.

NEW RULES FOR GETTING INTO BELGIUM FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY

The French like me again

In the link that is provided, the article states that the rules were for those coming from the UK. This is inaccurate, the rules, in France, applied to all UK citizens, coming from anywhere, with the exception of those resident in France and drivers of lorries (trucks). Over the Christmas period, French authorities banned most UK citizens from entering France. A few weeks ago, this was relaxed to a negative PCR test being required to enter France. As of the 12th of February 2022, all of these restrictions have been dropped, as long as you can prove that you have been vaccinated.

BRITS CAN GO TO FRANCE AGAIN

Personally

I am willing, with all my might, that things stay on the up, like this. Travel back to the old country seems to be possible again and today I will be phoning members of my family and start planning a trip back to the UK, to see as many of them as possible, for the first time in over two years. I did cry real (happy) tears over this, when I first realized I might be able to go this time.

Stay safe and happy everyone

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WISHING ALL OF YOU A BETTER YEAR FOR 2022

This post is scheduled to go live at one minute past midnight on January first, Belgian time. At which time I will be contacting my family. And will be cracking open the whisky and wishing everyone, including your good self, a happy and prosperous New Year. Let us hope that it is better than the last two.

So let’s stir it up

Spread the sparkle

Practice some Covid-19 safe kissing

And Sing In The New Year

This is not the right way to sing this song. It should be sung drunk, loudly and La La ing most of the words, not because you have forgotten them, but because you never learned them in the first place. Still, this is a beautiful version.

Auld Lang Syne

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 TO ONE AND ALL

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THURSDAY’S ANIMATED THRASHER – A STRANGE CHRISTMAS RECIPE – AND THINGS COULD BE WORSE

She Ain’t Finished With Santa Yet

And the grand finale

A Rare Christmas Music Recipe Mix

Take a leading Classical Musician, add a Blue Grass Singer. Mix in some Celtic Folk instruments and bake in a traditional Irish Carol. And the result is…

The Wexford Carol

And Things Are Better Than Expected

I was not planning to do a Coronavirus, Belgium update before Christmas, but things are looking relatively good here and it is a change from the usual misery. The new restrictions, introduced about three weeks ago, seem to be working and the reproduction rate of the virus has fallen to an impressive 0.76. All the other bad numbers seem to be on the decline too. For more details, take a look at the following link.

COVID-19 FIGURES FOR BELGIUM ON THE 22 OF DECEMBER 2021

Omicron

Omicron is now accounting for just over a quarter of new infections, in Belgium. It looks like it will become dominant over the Delta variant, but it is not yet causing a rise in the overall figures. More about that in the following link.

OMICRON PERCENTAGE BELGIUM

New Measures

The consultative committee met on Wednesday 22nd of December and further restrictions are to be introduced, to restrain the spread of the virus by the more infectious Omicron version. Hopefully these will be enough to continue the downward trend of the spread of the virus and avoid the need to go back into a full lockdown. Link below for new restrictions.

NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS FOR BELGIUM FROM THE 26TH OF DECEMBER 2021

Personally

I am due for my booster on the 29th of December and will be getting Moderna this time, the first two were Pfizer. A bit of good news has improved my mood, especially as I look at the surrounding nations and realize that just enough was done here just in time. I hope that other lands can get to the same place as us, in a short time.

It is not the Christmas miracle that you see in the movies, but it is better than I had feared and deserves a quote from the Christmas movie that I hate the most.

YIPPEE KI YAY MOTHER F(CENSORED)

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND ON CHRISTMAS

God, Spank Ye Merry Gentleman

Christmas – I’m Not Feeling It

This is the first Christmassy post that I have made this year, apart from the December calendar and that is because I just don’t seem to be able to get into the spirit of the season. It looked like I was going to get my annual trip to the UK this year, to see my family and then all the plans went Omicron and travel restrictions to and from the UK look too ify to risk. So it is a second Christmas alone in Belgium. Not to put a downer on anyone else, this blog will start to have some Christmassy stuff on it. In the spirit of fake it until you make it. On the upside, it looks as though we might have turned a corner, with the numbers here, unless it is just a downward blip. Latest figures in the link

LATEST COVID-19 FIGURES FOR BELGIUM

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