Thursday 2 April 2020, Day 18 of SA Corona Virus, Day 7 of SA Lockdown 👏😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Gratitude for another beautiful 26C day; for a good dose of Vitamin D on my terrace today, boosting my immune system; for the news that the City is moving the refugees from the Methodist Church to Bellville; that there will be two DJs entertaining us 💃💃💃 on #FirstThursday this evening, from 18h00; that we will have a front-line medical and security staff drive-by in Clifton and Camps Bay this evening; that my heart is loving Lickdown; and that we have managed seven days of Lockdown, one third done, and that I can celebrate it with a beer. 🙏💙
I completed the Blogpost for today about two of Chef Luke Dale Roberts’ restaurants closing down for good, announced yesterday, continuing with three only. A shock to many diners and restaurant owners.
I did a heavy power walk in the ‘gym’ today, with 80 laps giving me 4000 steps. 👣👣👣 I’ve been drinking water like crazy today, so thirsty, and now a beer of celebration.
I had a very looooong chat to Jenny Stephens, she sharing news from Cape Talk, and catching up generally. I spoke briefly to Megan Franke from Pietermaritzburg, continuing our chat tonight. We have never met.
Tonight DJ Rene Tanguy and DJ Dino Moran are bringing First Thursday into our homes, from 18h00. Can’t wait to dance my heart out. Catch DJ René on the La Parada Bree Steeet FaceBook page, and dance with me.
I receive a daily update from Alain Barrios Chávez in Havana. This is what he sent me late yesterday, Google Translated :
‘Abel wants us to go to take care of the hostel, I have to go again
The exercises are to gain weight and it is in a friend’s garage 5 minutes away
from my house walking, he has a few devices there equal to those of the
gym and I don’t have to pay him anything, I plan to go every day that I can to
5 pm, in 40 minutes I go there.
It is good that it can go even to the market and that it can speak to
people even from their balcony.
Here the situation with food is getting more difficult every day and they say it is going
to get worse, you go out and you can not find any meat to
eat, only eggs and not everywhere and when they take them out you have to go
fast because everyone goes and they end because there is nothing more to eat.
Near my house there is a fish shop that has not sold anything for a long time
fish only occasionally sells croquettes that are the worst
quality of the world and it is not known what they do it with, but every so often you have to
buy them because nothing else is found, now they are pulling potatoes in the
market that at least is something else that you can eat, it is not easy
the situation here with the food, but well more or less it has always been
We just hope it doesn’t get any worse than it is because there it will
Last Saturday I heard about my first friend testing positive, Marlene Du Marlene Du Plessis-Zoetl in Munich, last breakfasting on my terrace in February. I was wondering why she was so quiet on Facebook, receiving this Whats App from her on Saturday:
‘Good for you. Felt bad the past 2 days, with extreme coughing, aching joints and muscles and a headache. Got up at 4 this morning to take a paracetamol. Took cannabis tablets the past 2 nights and today my muscle and joint ache seems to have eased a bit. Might also be the journey of the virus as Walter is up and about ahain after spending 5 days in bed. I‘m on my5 th day now so we‘ll see.’
Today I heard the shocking news that she is in ICU in hospital, in an induced coma.
‘A friend and big contributor on this group, Marlene Du Plessis-Zoetl, tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday. She is from Cape Town and is living in Germany. She was one of the first people, months ago to warn everyone on every group possible about the severity of the virus. She started off feeling very miserable with externally bad body aches, I still said to her how lucky she is that she doesn’t need to be hospitalised on a ventilator. A week later, that Sunday, she started breathing difficulties and coughing up blood. She was admitted to hospital where they were looking after her. I hadn’t heard from her in 2 days and was getting worried, so I messaged her daughter to find out the latest news on her mom’s health. She told me her mom has been put in an induced coma to help her body rest. Please let’s all send our prays or positive energy and healing vibes to her and her family in this difficult time. Thank you all 🌹’ #GuteBesserung. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Every hour an empty MyCity Bus drives past my apartment, from Hout Bay. What a waste of municipal money! 😱
Corona status: 1462 cases 5 deaths
FitBit 13000 steps 9 km 👣
The Corona Virus Lockdown, announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.
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