Is your country locked down? Pandemic, Covid- 19.

Are you locked down, or ordered to stay home? If so, please comment below and share with us your situation. Be sure to tell us what country you live in. I’d like to hear from as many people/countries as possible.

I don’t want to depend on the ‘media’ for this information.

I live in Maine with my wife, Megan and son, Gavin. Our state has been ordered to stay at home unless you need essentials. Gas, grocery stores, etc. We are allowed to hike, fish, and hunt close to home. Our community is small, lots of forest, streams and lakes. We are not panicking, but we are prepared. Essential workers are still commuting to work with social distancing of 6ft regulations.

It’s the morning of 4/15/20, and currently the USA has 614,246 cases of Covid- 19 with 26,064 deaths. Mortality rate currently = .042. Global mortality rate is currently .063.

I hope everyone is well and thank you for sharing. Get outside and enjoy yourself if possible.

Matt

I look forward to reading your comments!

 

 

67 thoughts on “Is your country locked down? Pandemic, Covid- 19.

      • Indeed. The govt. Has created an app which tracks movement and warns people if anyone they met was found positive.
        But some people are not following lockdown. 😕.
        Hope you are well.

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      • Not mandatory. But suggested. Many rural Indians won’t have access to wifi to download the app.
        But many are downloading it.

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      • I am from Mumbai, India and this is the hot spot in my country being the most populated city. We are locked down since a month now and will be till 3rd May. For a country like India, this was the much needed step to break the chain of corona. The no of infected people are increasing but not in the frequent pace like other countries. Appreciate the govt to take such hard step on urgent basis.

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      • I sometimes go for a walk inside the campus of my building only as it’s too risky to walk on the road. Well, I need to go to shops for buying essentials and mask is a must to wear here now. I also maintain the hygiene, washing hands immediately after coming home and not touching face etc. But it’s really exhausting for a person like me who is a traveller all time

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  1. I live in Georgia, and it’s the same situation as yours. Kids from my high school still play soccer together at the track, I’m surrounded by fools! We’re having our prom and graduation in July.

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    • It’s unfortunate to see the lack of consideration by some. Our school year has been cancelled. I’m not sure what they’ve decided concerning the prom. How are you doing mentally? I’ve worked remotely for a decade. Totally normal for me lol I’m very lucky.

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  2. Well, in India, situation is pretty much under control. What about the US?
    The death toll is a lot unpleasant there. And are the adults also dying there? Or is it mainly the senior citizens? Sorry, this question may bother you, but I was just curious to know it.

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  3. Hi, Matt. We’re in the fourth week of lockdown here, in Romania. We’re only allowed out to go to work, for grocery shopping, pharmacy, medical emergencies, caring for the elderly, volunteering, dog walking and exercising individually close to home. One has to have their ID and a statement containing the purpose of the outing, and the fines are quite high if caught without. So far, we have over 7000 confirmed cases, but since testing is very low, it’s anybody’s guess what the real number might be… There you go, all fun and games in Covid-19 times…

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      • I think, for once, they made the right decision. Our healthcare system can barely handle the situation as it is. Other than that, they’re covering their behinds for the lack of ppe and medical equipment and they’re running around like headless chickens.
        I think you might like some parts of the country, there are some spectacular areas. Unfortunately, there’s lots of mindless building going on too.

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  4. Hi! Italy is locked down since March 8. We have 160.000 cases and 20.000 deaths but I doubt they are real. There are probably many more cases, but we don’t know for sure since not many swabs are made.

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    • I agree in that there must be many more cases. Testing was, and still is, an issue here in the US. Yet, many people think the ‘books are cooked’ to take our rights away. Maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. In my opinion this pandemic is real. People are dying. I’m not OK with that. Thank you for the info. I was hoping to hear from you. Do you find any conspiracy theories to be somewhat true?

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      • The pandemic is certainly real. But we only notice it when we begin to touch the problem with our hands. I live in a densely populated, highly industrialized region. In the beginning, although we had all the news from China, we thought that the measures taken were exaggerated. Then we began to see the ever increasing number of infected and dead. Every day these numbers increased and we soon found ourselves with many cases also in our area. At this point, I understood how restrictive measures were needed. On the other hand, those who govern us have no advantage in locking us in the house. I was sorry to note that in other Countries the same attention has not been paid to the problem, because I find it is like playing with people’s lives. But it’s not for me to judge.
        I don’t believe in conspiracy theory. Nature is sufficiently imaginative without our help … What I mean is that there have been several pandemics throughout history. This is only the last one. Our mistake was to believe that our progress could preserve us from these situations.
        Thanks for asking the question. It is reassuring to know how it is being dealt with in every part of the world. You made me feel part of something bigger.

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      • Even though you are across the pond…we are in this together and I do feel there is something larger taking place. But, that’s just me and my opinion. ..I’m thankful for technology to be able to connect with people all over the globe..and to share what’s happening rather than depend on media alone. So again, thank you for your words.

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  5. I live with my family in Oslo, Norway. The country started the lockdown on 13 March, I think. People have been coping with it well although it all feels quite surreal. Norway has 6 739 confirmed cases so far and sadly, 150 people have died from the virus.

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  6. There’s a lake and woods not far from our house, where we can have a jog and walk, thankfully. The kids have homeschool, and we work from home. It’s a strange time. Like most people here in Norway, we’re doing our best to follow rules and help the country overcome this crisis.

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  7. Hey Matt, I believe I am the first South African to comment. I live in the larges city, Johannesburg. South Africa has been on total lockdown for 3 weeks and our lockdown got extended by another 2 weeks. We are not even allowed to go for walks and you may only go to your nearest store. Essential services are doing their thing (thank God for them).
    Our economy has taken a huge knock, not only is Rand floundering (perfect time to buy some currency if that was your thing) but we have been declared junk status. Many people’s salaries are being affected to the tune of being reduced with as much as 50%. But in all of this there is hope. Our death toll due to the virus is low and our infected rate has decreased substantially.

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      • It feels like something larger is definitely happening, but here is SA everything hits us weeks after it has hit places like Europe and the US. Also, (like some of your other readers) I believe that our government is not disclosing true numbers of infections/deaths.
        Thanks, we’ve been through bad economical time before, I am sure we’ll get through again. Our president has been a great leader throughout this time.

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  8. I’ve been running statistics, Matt: COVID-19 death rates per million people. It’s a lagging indicator, probably not complete, and only as good as government reporting, but it gives an idea of which places have been hit the hardest.

    For places mentioned by your readers so far plus Massachusetts for me and New York as an FYI:

    India: under 1 death permission people
    South Africa: 1 death per million people
    Maine: 18 deaths per million people
    Romania: 19 deaths per million people
    Norway: 28 deaths per million people
    Georgia: 52 deaths per million people
    U.S. overall: 84 deaths per million people
    Massachusetts: 138 deaths per million people
    Italy: 358 deaths per million people
    Spain: 402 deaths per million people
    New York State: 596 deaths per million people

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  9. I live in Nigeria. Over here, we have few states on lockdown due to the pandemic.
    Somehow, I still think people view this virus outbreak as a joke and tend to disobey some measures put in place to curb the spread because for now the figures isn’t that much.

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  10. Hii , I live in Malaysia and the country is in lockdown since March 18th until April 30th. People are managing the change well is what I believe. We can move upto 2 km radius from our homes but maintaining the social distance. There are about 4000 confirmed cases and around 60 fatalities.. Hope to get out of this soon and not take freedom for granted anymore 💫🌻

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  11. Hi there from the UK, yeah we have been in lockdown situation for the past three and a half weeks. Like yourselves only essential trips out are permitted, food shopping, caring for vulnerable family members and exercise once per day. Individual counties across the country have stopped people from entering to bring movement to a complete stand still. And it is proving to be (very) slowly effective, but I think we shall stay in quarantine status for at least another month or so. Stay safe and take care Matt.

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      • The numbers are definitely slowing now, we have been told today by our Government that the lockdown will continue for another three weeks. People are taking the quarantine thing in their stride as best as possible, most people are sensible about social distancing, us Brits are polite but very private people, so this whole isolation thing is almost the norm for us! 😉

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  12. Hey Matt,

    Checking in from the northern shoreline of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada.

    Not so much a lock down but things that aren’t deemed essential are closed. We’re encouraged to only go out for essentials as well. This is a bit long but it’s pretty convoluted. You can still get take out, go to the hardware store, grocery store, pharmacy etc. but you have to maintain a physical distance, things are being disinfected regularly, and they prefer charge or credit rather than cash. You can go to the liquor store but cannabis stores are closed. You can order liquor on line for delivery and some restaurants are now allowed to delivery it with your take out. I’m not sure about cannabis online but I saw on the news that the post office will delivery it. Regular shops are closed. They aren’t currently issuing any new building permits but if something is on the go they don’t have to stop. Schools are closed but there’s an online education program that’s up and running for school kids.

    The federal government is trying to get money out to as many people as they can (qualifications for that are becoming broader as more need is seen) and businesses. A lot of people are working from home or providing remote access to services (for example the municipal office is not open to the public but you can call there and speak to someone during business hours).

    I live at the edge of a small rural hamlet of a couple of hundred people and we’ve had one case to my knowledge due to community contact. The municipality that my hamlet is located in has a population of approximately 4000. There have been five cases to date including the one in my hamlet. Two people have died. We’ve been informed that the local senior’s home has a number of cases that haven’t been officially reported. Hospitals are trying to be as prepared as possible but regular procedures are still happening albeit with some differences. For example my sister is having surgery tomorrow for heart arrhythmia but no one can go in with her or visit while she’s there. We’re not to gather in groups of more than 5 people so we stayed home for Easter. It’s really hard not to see family but we’re trying to act responsibly (my family has members that are extremely vulnerable).

    Beaches, playgrounds, and recreation areas are closed. There is a fire ban in effect for most of Ontario so no bonfires or woodlot burns. Some hiking trails are open but provincial parks are closed as are trailer parks and camp grounds. Currently there’s been no decision made to restrict, delay or cancel provincial fishing and hunting seasons or restrict access to Crown land. However, some municipalities and Conservation Authorities have already restricted access to their lands, and many retailers that usually offer fishing and hunting licences are no longer open to the public.

    The community support from local people has been incredible. It’s a rural community and there are groups organized to run errands for people who can’t. Medical equipment is being sourced or made. Local beef and egg farmers are donating huge amounts of food not just to the local food bank but the population in general. Meals are being made for those in need as well as essential workers and medical personal. We can’t have funerals but there’s been some work arounds. Google CBC news Canada don-breezy-campbell-funeral-dutton . There was a bit of a run on the grocery stores but the supply chains are sorting themselves out. Current numbers for Canada are as follows but testing is being increased so I would think those numbers will see an increase.

    Confirmed
    28,379
    Recovered
    8,979
    Deaths
    1,010

    Things are constantly changing so who knows what tomorrow will bring.
    Hope you’re keeping well.
    Cheers,
    Lori

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    • Hugely informative. Thank you. I appreciate your point of view tremendously. Are flights restricted? It’s wonderful to hear if the community support in your region. Though I’m sorry to learn that a number of your family members are at risk. I hope everything works out positively for all of you and best wishes to your sister. Do you plan on posting another sketch/drawing soon?

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      • As a quick oversight…There have been some restrictions for flights with a consolidation of international inbound flights to four major hubs only. Currently only Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals travelling for essential purposes are able to enter Canada by air. There are some exceptions. Domestic flights are greatly reduced in number and non essential travel is being discouraged. If you are at all sick you’re not getting on a plane. It’s more nuanced than that but would take an extended explanation to clarify it all.

        Where very significant travel restrictions are being seen is at provincial and territorial boundaries. For example checkpoints have been established at most highway border locations in the NWT. Each location has different restrictions. At the British Columbia/NWT Border (Highway 7)
        This border is closed to all traffic except:
        Emergency vehicles
        Inspection vehicles
        Whilst at the Yukon/NWT Border (Highway 8): Northbound
        This border is closed to all traffic except:
        NWT residents.
        Import/export workers — including truckers and others providing important supply chain transportation services for food, equipment, fuel, or other goods into the territory, movers and carriers, and workers that support the supply chain industry.
        Persons who support essential services — including health care professionals, law enforcement, and those who supports services that if interrupted could endanger residents’ lives, health or safety.
        Workers involved in the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects
        Southern resident transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry

        So there’s quite a broad definition of “closed” .
        Regarding blog postings – Last year was bumpy to put it mildly so blogging hit the back burner. Further compounding the posting hiatus – my laptop, camera, and phone let me know they have all outlived their natural lives. I’ve started back again on my original blog with some photos but not too many as I am sans decent camera. I will be posting on the studio blog soon. Thanks for asking. Cheers, Lori

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  13. I live near Palm Springs, in the Southern California desert 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Like the rest of California, we’re not on total lockdown, though all schools and colleges are shuttered, and most businesses deemed non-essential, including restaurants, gyms, hair salons and the like have been closed for over a month, however, restaurants are open for take out only. We can still shop for groceries, medicine, and hardware, but that’s about it. Of course, medical facilities and dental offices are open, and even my chiropractor still sees patients, though we’re all required to wear face masks when in public.

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  14. I am in Jamaica, we had upon till yesterday 105 cases, everything is closed, some areas here the curfew is a lot more stricter depending on how many cases they found. We are all mandated to wear a mask everywhere we go. Depending on your age, example if you’re in your 60’s you are allowed to go out twice a day week, everyone is allowed to go out for just essential items and go straight home we can’t linger. They have started an alphabetic system, so on whichever day and a specific time persons who’s last name begins with a letter starting from A – G or J go out and another time and day persons who’s last name begins with K – Z go another time. It does get you though, I must be honest, it has gotten to me… Our society is so use to being on the move, it’s a change that when you’re forced to do it it makes you feel out of place.

    But I hope everyone, your family, and everyone else, stay safe and healthy! ❤

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    • Hello and thank you for the information. This is the first I’ve heard of an alphabetic system allowing people to venture out. Is it working? Are people upset? I can completely understand it getting to you. We are allowed to leave out home and hike, hunt, fish..etc there is no system such as that. We are safe and trying to remain so, thank you, I hope the same for you.

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      • Yeah, the Cayman Islands have that system as well, it seems to work for them, I can’t say it’s working for us yet but hopefully. People aren’t upset, It took a long time for a lot of persons to realize how serious it is now they are like “omg”… You have to leave your sinuses and anything that might make you cough at home because they will freak out. We are going on a lock down for the entire country on Tuesday for 2wks, yeah that’s pretty much it… But you are welcome and thank you!

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