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Folks Are Confused Over The 'Things I Will Miss About Lockdown' Hashtag

Honey, it’s not over…

The internet appears to be up in arms today over the appearance of a new lockdown-related hashtag.

People are unhappy about this lockdown hashtag. Credit: NBC

#ThingsIWillMissAboutLockdown has popped up on Twitter over the weekend, and folks are absolutely fuming about it because, well… lockdown is very much still a thing for a lot of people.

The response has been so intense that any tweets that genuinely listed what people will one day miss about lockdown are almost impossible to find. Instead, what you’ll see is a wave of Twitter users stressing that COVID-19 is still prevalent and dangerous.

Folks are seemingly frustrated at the idea of people talking like lockdown is on its way out, when the rates of coronavirus infections are rising. On July 4th, over 200,000 new cases were confirmed, globally.

This week, America broke a global record by reporting 55,000 new cases of the insidious virus on Friday, July 3rd. Florida alone saw 11,400 new cases on that date.

As the devastating situation in Victoria demonstrates, we are far from done with coronavirus and the necessity of lockdown is not going away anytime soon. What is clear from Twitter’s response is that folks are not interested in speaking about missing a tragic time they’re still living through.

Perhaps instead, we should be focusing on our commitment to keeping one-another safe and supported in this uncertain and scary time. Chat about the end of lockdown can kick off when we have a vaccine, people.

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Turn Back The Clock To More Wholesome Times By Signing Up To Be A Pen Pal

“Hey, I’m Hattie. I love men and snacks.”

In news that will warm your heart for the rest of time, a senior living facility in North Carolina USA has decided to help its residents get a little more social during the covid-19 crisis by kicking off a pen pal project.

Victorian Senior Care has shared some truly adorable posts on their social media accounts, introducing potential pen pals to their community of fascinating residents. These posts show individuals from their community holding up a sign that gives a little insight into who they are.

Covid pen pals? Hello, I’m obsessed with this. Credit: CBS

Some of these include things like, “I enjoy people, spaghetti, candy bars and teddy bears” (cute!) or, “I really like making new friends” (I could learn from this one). Reading through these posts will give you a rare opportunity to feel some serious joy in a pretty damn tumultuous time.

My personal favourite is the lovely Hattie, whose little sign read: “Hey, I’m Hattie. I love men and snacks.”

Honestly, I’ve never read a sentence I could relate to more. Hattie’s about to get herself a tonne of new friends, and I plan on being one of them.  

Meredith Seals, the chief operating officer for Victorian Senior Care, spoke with Travel + Leisure about the initiative and shared that they have been blown away by the response.

“It has been mentally strenuous on them to not be able to see their families or go out into the community,” she told the outlet.

“We never imagined it would get this big. We are overwhelmed with the love that we have received from all around the world.”

If you’d like to get involved in the project, you can search through the delightful folks looking for pen pals here and here. Addresses for each resident are listed in the social media posts shared.

At a time where the dangers of COVID-19 means senior citizens have been isolated more than ever before, choosing a pen pal and writing a letter seems like a sweet and simple way to share some love and brighten someone’s day. More of this, please!

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Who Exactly Is And Isn’t Allowed Out Of Their Home In Victoria?

108 cases were confirmed overnight.

Additional updates have come out of Victoria, with the government confirming a list of additional postcodes that will now be returning to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions.

As of 11:59 pm Saturday, July 4th, these are the areas that must follow new community lockdown rules.

3031 Flemington, Kensington

3051 North Melbourne

3012 Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie

3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055 Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west

3060 Fawkner

3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

According to the Victorian government, “This decision was made in response to increasing evidence of significant community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these postcodes”.

People living in the above-listed will be required to remain at home unless they are shopping for supplies, receiving care or caregiving, exercising or if they are required to head out to study or work if you’re unable to do so from home.

Fines may be issued for those who do not follow these restrictions.

As the ABC reports, Victoria recorded 108 new cases of Covid-19 in a 24-hour period over the weekend. This is the second-highest number of positive cases since the pandemic hit.

Off the back of the confirmation of these new cases, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that nine public housing towers would be included in the lockdown effort. These buildings have been placed under a ‘hard lockdown’; they are unable to leave their homes for any reason SBS News reports.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 04: Police cars surround the housing commission flats in the suburb of Flemington, where a coronavirus outbreak has been recorded. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

3,000 people live in the 1,345 units affected by the lockdown. It has been reported food and supplies will be delivered to those living in these buildings. The hard lockdown is expected to last at least five days.

On the restrictions, Andrews told media:

“We have sufficient evidence to take these steps. They’re not taken lightly.

“We at no point underestimate how challenging this will be for families and businesses, particularly families, many of whom are vulnerable in those public housing towers, but for their safety and safety of all Victorians this is the right approach.”

SBS also shares that The Victorian Council of Social Service, Emma King, has made a statement on the decision to lockdown these nine public housing buildings. She stressed that while she understands the decision was made in the interest of public health, it must be considered that this experience will likely be traumatic for many tenants.

“Some public housing tenants have fled war or family violence. Some are dealing with mental health challenges. Many don’t speak English as their first language. Many others work casual or insecure jobs,” Ms King said.

“This lockdown will scare many people, and trigger memories of past trauma.”

Mark Feenane of the Victorian Public Tenants Association spoke with the ABC about the current situation in the state. He stressed that more access to public housing would have been able to help prevent this spike and protect the people in these areas.

“COVID-19 is a highly infectious virus, and it does not discriminate based on income or housing tenure. However, overcrowded living conditions assist the virus to spread. We believe that if Victoria had more public housing, this would be less of an issue,” he said.

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