I send an S.O.S. to the world, I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle.Sting – 1979
Sunday 31 May
A very eventful month of May is gone. As the northern hemisphere gets closer to summer, let’s have a look at what is going on in different parts of the world.
On the 8th of May installment of these chronicles, I explained how France authorities were planning country re-opening. The process relies on a map, where each region is given a color: green, orange or red. The status of each region is periodically re-assessed taking into account three indicators.
France is officially entering phase-2 on the second of June and the maps have been updated.
Overall, the situation continues improving: only the Ile de France region is now labeled orange zone in the metropolitan France territory.
Italy is also going through a steady progress path. I noticed that the 7-days simple moving average of the number of new cases, which is today around five hundred units, has halved in the last two weeks. The same thing happened in the previous two weeks. Different regions are experiencing different trends: the situation is still critical in Lombardia and serious in Piemonte, Liguria and Emilia Romagna. Others are headed for full recovery: in six out of twenty-one Italian regions, no new case was recorded yesterday. While more and more business re-opens, the next milestone is set to the third of June, when European Union citizens will be allowed to enter Italy with no need for quarantine.
In my home, we are used to the new routines and one major highlight is that I will enter my reduced working time agreement next week. As the country is still closed there is not much that I can do, so I will try to keep some of these off days for future use.
Although some business will reopen on the second of June, I and my girlfriend will continue working from home and there is nothing new in view for us for at least two weeks.
We completed our first cycle of foreign language study: my girlfriend is learning French and I am going for German. We are now starting the second cycle, obviously online.
Today I successfully completed my fitness challenge: for the whole month of May I did one hundred push-ups and two minutes of plank every day. I am also running regularly, in a cautious way in order to prevent knee injuries.
My girlfriend runs with me sometime, or she does Yoga at home. She also got very passionate about kitchenware shopping lately. She is now very excited because of her recent purchase of a cast-iron skillet 😉
On my side, I would like to buy a new digital SLR camera.
Some countries are looking at restoring air traffic connecting with this part of the world. There was news recently about possible scheduled flights from and to China and Korea. The airport should be open for transit passengers somewhere in June.
As I reported on the 14th of May installment of these chronicles, South Korea is the cautionary tale that reminds us that it is not yet time to be complacent. The country reported last Thursday its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 67 of the 79 new cases were from the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of South Korea’s 51 million people live. Following an emergency meeting, the government decided to shut public facilities such as parks, museums and state-run theatres in the metropolitan area over the next two weeks to slow the spread of the virus. Officials also advised private tutorial schools and computer gaming lounges in the area to close during the period or otherwise enforce anti-virus measures.
- Chronicles of Coronavirus
- 26th of May – Hopes for a Fresh Start
- 25th of May – Don’t Be a Fool
- 22nd of May – Two Months Ago
- 21st of May – Adjusting Every Day
- 20th of May – Moving on
- 19th of May – A Breath of Fresh Air
- 18th of May – The Golden Cage
- 17th of May – My Hood
- 16th of May – Back Home
- 15th of May – The World Outside
- 14th of May – It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
- 13th of May – A Haircut, Finally
- 12th of May – The Mask
- 11th of May – Headwinds
- 10th of May – Tailor-made Truth
- 9th of May – Toy Story
- 8th of May – Red and Green
- 7th of May – A Beer and a Football Match
- 6th of May – Love at the Time of COVID-19
- 5th of May – The Importance of Testing
- 4th of May – Slowly but Safely?
- 3rd of May – Learning to Fly?
- 2nd of May – A Little Good News
- 1st of May – International Workers’ Day
- 30th of April – Smoking Gun
- 29th of April – Private Matters
- 28th of April – I Say a Little Prayer for You
- 27th of April – When Will it End?
- 26th of April – Cause and Effect
- 25th of April – Liberation Day
- 24th of April – Outside
- 23rd of April – Elections Year
- 22nd of April – Birthday Time
- 21st of April – Good News, Bad News
- 20th of April – A Pirate Promise
- 19th of April – Such a Perfect Day
- 18th of April – Just Do It!
- 17th of April – The Past Does Not Predict the Future
- 16th of April – Downtown
- 15th of April – Is This Day-0?
- 14th of April – What it Takes to Steer a Ship
- 13th of April – An Unusual Sight
- 12th of April – Happy Easter
- 11th of April – News of the World
- 10th of April – Good Friday
- 9th of April – First World Problems
- 8th of April – Ideas Worth Spreading
- 7th of April – Welcome into my Home Office
- 6th of April – A Sepia Postcard
- 5th of April – Bicycle Ride
- 4th of April – What Would we Bring on a Desert Island
- 3rd of April – A Non Zero Sum Game
- 2nd of April – A Message from a Friend
- 1st of April – April Fools’
- 31st of March – A Smart Idea
- 30th of March – Inverting the Trend, Maybe
- 29th of March – A Voice from the Past
- 28th of March – Glimpses of Hope
- 27th of March – Rolling Sleeves Up
- 26th of March – The Winner Takes it All
- 25th of March – Predicting the Future
- 24th of March – Meanwhile, In a Far Distant Place
- 23rd of March – #social_distancing
- 22nd of March – Stay out of my Place
Chronicles of Coronavirus
As more and more countries implement social distancing policies to try to contain the Coronavirus epidemics, some news websites estimate that today, more than a billion people are at home. Since this unwanted guest made his way into our houses, we are forced to rediscover life in a confined space. Today I start my chronicles from confinement. It is a way to defy boredom, reach out to the outside world and share what happens in this part of the world. These are difficult days, but we will overcome difficulties and who knows, maybe learn something from all this.