COVID panic returns: Sunday Musings #107

Jan 31, 202128 comments

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Over the last week, the number of COVID cases have shot through the roof at the UAE – about 5000 cases each day. Have been hearing that it maybe because the Government had not stopped the incoming flights, especially the ones from the UK as soon as their cases went up.

Anyway, the UAE is encouraging people to take the vaccinations innovatively. Some restaurants are offering discounts if we have fully vaccinated. But as of now, we are back to the dire situation and we may have to get into the second phase of the lockdown. Fingers crossed.

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Despite these, I am so excited for the coming week and especially for the weekend. I will be volunteering at the Emirates Lit Fest 2021 over the coming and the next weekend.

I have to take the COVID tests over the week as a part of it. I will get my final course of vaccination during the week starting the 7th, so maybe I will get to skip the second round of tests for the Litfest.

What I read this week

Last week was another good reading week. I finished two books and I enjoyed both of them immensely.

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I am in the mood of reading some non fiction over the week. What are your suggestions?

What I watched this week

I am back to watching my guilty pleasure House MD, on Prime. I have watched most of the House MD over the years, but I am re-watching the episodes and currently on season 2.

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Also I have started watching BBC’s Luther, a British cop thriller starring Idris Alba.

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What are your plans for the week? What was the last non fiction you read? What are you currently watching? Let’s talk.

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Laurel-Rain Snow
25 days ago

I hope you are able to get the vaccine soon. I’ve had the first shot, and the second will be available to us this week.

Enjoy those books and your week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Charlotte Burt's Books
25 days ago

Sorry to hear that you are having a Covid boom, and all due to my selfish countrymen travelling to get some sun.
Mexican Gothic has been on my radar for a while but I think I will save it till I am in the mood for a slow burn, thanks for the review.

Maureen @ Maureen's Books
26 days ago

I’m sorry to hear about the COVID cases picking back up again. It’s awesome that you can go to the Lit Fest though πŸ˜‰
Have a great week and happy reading.

Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
26 days ago

Sorry about the virus cases, but glad you are going to Lit Fest! I want to go to a Lit Fest!

26 days ago

ugh I hope the vaccination stops this COVID19 for good! I read about 50% of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and then got distracted with something else. I wanted to go back to it so I’m glad to hear is good!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
26 days ago

So glad that already have access to the vaccine. Around here, only healthcare workers have gotten them yet. Enjoy Lit Fest!

26 days ago

I’m sorry to hear the virus cases are up. The numbers are up here too but they don’t seem to be doing any kind of lockdown. I haven’t been able to get the vaccine yet. I’m hoping it will be available to us soon.

I used to love House. It was one of my favorite shows. Hugh Laurie is so good.

I hope you have a great week!

Laura Thomas
26 days ago

Our cases are up here also but people around here don’t seem to take it seriously. We may have a lock down soon too. I;m rewatching Grey’s Anatomy and crying a lot. LOL Be safe:)

26 days ago

House is a fun show to watch – well, sometimes really gross – but I love the character. Hope more people get vaccinated. Your area seemed to have a pretty good handle on things – well, as good as you can, I guess. Fingers-crossed things get under more control.

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
26 days ago

I’m sorry to hear that Covid cases are on the rise in UAE, Gayathri. Almost everything is closed in Switzerland, and our cases are decreasing, but the government still wants us to sit tight. So we do.
Stay strong, and stay safe and healthy πŸ™‚

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
26 days ago

That is great, you got your first vaccine shot. They are only on 80-year-olds in my state. I am sorry about all the increase in cases. The festival sounds fun though.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
26 days ago

Sorry to hear about the big rise in cases. Numbers are going up where I am, too. It’s so discouraging. Plus, I am not eligible for the vaccine yet. But my husband gets his second dose this week so that much is good. I hope you find some great nonfiction to enjoy this week.

27 days ago

Hi Gayathri! πŸ‘‹ With lockdown still in place here in the UK my only plans in the coming week are going to work and then coming home again! 😏 Although that does give me lots of time for reading, so silver lining and all. The last non-fiction I read was my new cookbook: The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer and I just finished watching series two of the supernatural drama, A Discovery of Witches. πŸ§™β€β™€οΈ

Take care and happy reading in the coming week. πŸ™‚

27 days ago

I love nonfiction! I really enjoy reading about royalty from everywhere and history in general. I recommend anything by Alison Weir or Robert K. Massie. I also love Jeff Guinn’s biography of Jim Jones. Stay safe and happy Sunday! πŸ˜€

27 days ago

Oh I’m sorry to hear that! Cases going up is something you never want to hear of course. That’s interesting to hear about restaurants doing that!

M. Ravenel
27 days ago

Covid cases have been spiking everywhere. I wish more people would take this seriously.

Emirates Lit Fest sounds like a big convention. Is it going to be virtual this year or in person?

I need to sit down and binge watch Luther. I heard it was really good.

Hope you have an awesome week! Stay safe!

Victoria Hamel
27 days ago

Sorry to hear cases are up πŸ™ Luther is so good and I love the theme song! I read The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris this past week, it was a great read!

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