In this special series, ‘Lockdown Letters' gives our readers at home and across the globe an opportunity to share their stories about how the Coronavirus and the measures to tackle its spread are impacting their lives in these unprecedented times.
Leo Varadkar's Patrick's Day speech was a real "where were you when" moment for all Irish people, a rare instance of knowing that what you were watching would someday be played back to you on Reeling in the Years.
Every mobile phone across New Zealand rang with an emergency tone at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th March, announcing a National Emergency and a lockdown from 11.59pm, ‘likely to stay in place for a number of weeks.’ We have now entered our first full day of isolation.
More than 620 Irish and British citizens have been stranded in Peru since midnight on March 16. This happened following a total and sudden closure of all borders and a strict, military-enforced curfew and quarantine.
I moved to the big city lights of Melbourne, Australia, from Cork City in 2018. It has been an exciting time. Over the past two years, I have taken full advantage of all that the city has to offer. However, that has all ended abruptly due to coronavirus.
“Daddy....I love the coronavirus.” Taken at face value, this was a pretty controversial interjection into the misery gripping us all from my seven-year-old daughter Ana, but she is viewing our new world from a very different vantage point.
We left China for our annual Chinese New Year vacation on January 18. The plan was to spend three weeks in Cambodia. As the virus started spreading and flights to China were cancelled, we knew it was only a matter of time before our own flight on February 7 was cancelled, which indeed it was.
I am an English teacher living in Guangzhou, southeast of China. Originally from the Farney County of Monaghan, I made the move here last August after finishing my degree at University College Dublin.
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