In what has been the most tumultuous of periods, I’d again first like to wish anyone reading this – as well as their families, friends and colleagues – good health. As the Roman poet Virgil wrote over 2,000 years ago:
“The greatest wealth is health”
Like most people, I am in a state of shock as each day brings new tragedies, new draconian measures and new disruptions to everyday life. As a father, husband, brother and son, I am worried. My beloved parents are both over 70, and that is naturally the main concern on my mind.
In the nine days since I last updated this article, the number of Covid-19 cases around the world has leapt from just under 1.275m to just under 2m with the number of fatalities now over 125,000 globally. The speed of growth continues to be both startling and frightening.
Source: Johns Hopkins University – see https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Governments around the world are floundering. They are dealing with the biggest global health crisis since the Spanish Flu of 1918. The next few months will reveal a lot about our political leaders and the early signs aren’t good.
The much maligned former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, writing in The Guardian, called for governments to work together to solve what the World Health Organisation has now classified as a global pandemic. This is what happened just over a decade ago with the Global Financial Crisis.