London and omicron
On the one hand coming back to London has been great. Wonderful to see my children, I haven’t seen my son for two years. Similarly I haven’t seen Adeline for 9 months and it has been great to see her again, this was touch and go as she works in China and the rules for coming in and out of the country are very strict indeed. But on the other hand we are back in the city just as it is being hit by the omicron covid wave. We really do not want a repeat of last Christmas when we were stuck in London and unable to get back to where we work for months during the alpha wave. It is interesting to observe the different approaches to covid. Hong Kong – strict border controls, people willing wear masks inside and outside, but low vaccine take up; Mainland China – strict border controls, people do not wear masks outside and not always inside, high vaccine take up; UAE – light border controls, masks work routinely in and out, high vaccine take up, compulsory PCR tests every 2 weeks; UK – light border controls, little mask wearing, high vaccine take up. UK of course has massively higher covid caseload, China and Hong Kong both very low, but UAE stays open and has low covid.