Things had been going so well.
On New Year's Eve there was a press release advising that we now have a couple of new cases of the virus on the island.
It seems that two people who had arrived on the island before Christmas to take up new jobs as key workers were subsequently tested positive, after they had been out and about in the community. The positive tests came after they had completed their mandatory 14 day self isolation. Their symptoms only showed up in the 7 days after their isolation period ended.
This is a worrying development.
Testing is now underway for people who may have come into contact with them and could be displaying symptoms. Unfortunately, there could potentially be many more who are carrying the virus but not displaying symptoms. The two seemed to have only visited what we would deem to be "young people" venues, but some of those contacts possibly work in shops, cafes, restaurants etc. around the island.
The first vaccine injections were delivered here today, but these are initially only for health care workers and care home residents. It may be September before our turn comes around.
There is no lockdown as yet and we are being advised that the risk is still low, but there is still that little niggling worry.
We have a little celebration booked for tomorrow for P's "big" birthday. We shall still go ahead, but I think we shall take care to keep our distance from the crowds.
I realise that this is nothing compared to what is currently happening across the water. I can only hope and wish that this new UK-wide lockdown, announced this evening, prevents further escalation of the virus.