Prison: Day 190

Gud moarning, fello hand sanitizers 🙂

Now in lockdown level 1 many restrictions are falling by the wayside and we’re almost back to business as usual. So apart from everybody and their granny wearing masks and hand sanitizing stations at every store we’re good. I’ve even heard the numbers of new infections are plateauing now …

Corona Test at Hamburg Airport, Sign in all 3 official German languages: German, US English* and Türkçe

That’s good for the economy and for many happy vacation-makers but maybe less so for hubby and me. We don’t wanna go back to Germany and are quite happy with no plane flying and airports closed down for traffic. But let’s have a look at the still banned countries:

These are the 57 countries on SA’s banned leisure travel list

By IOL Reporter Time of article published 12h ago

Durban – From Thursday, October 1, SA will open its borders and ports of entry to allow for the resumption of travel.

Speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday, ministers from the National Coronavirus Command Council gave necessary clarifications on how the borders will be re-opened for travel.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, said the gradual reopening of borders and ports of entry informed by a cautious approach meant that a limited number of ports of entry and borders will be opened from October 1.

“In reopening these selected ports of entry and borders we will be guided by epidemiological and transmission rates both in South Africa and the traveller’s countries of origin,” she said.

However, the following countries make up SA’s banned leisure travel list:

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Faroe Islands

France

French Polynesia

Georgia

Gibraltar

Greece

Guam

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Jamaica

Jordan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Maldives

Malta

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Nepal

North Macedonia

Oman

Palestine

Panama

Palau

Paraguay

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Romania

Qatar

Russia

San Marino

St Marteen

Slovakia

Slovenia

Suriname

Switzerland

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

US Virgin Islands

Venezuela

Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.

Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any Covid-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the Covid-19 virus.

Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.

Should the traveller display any Covid-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory Covid-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the Covid-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

Hm hm … that’s interesting: Rogue nations like the USA and UK, also Russia, the Netherlands and France, are on the naughty list. And Portugal is banned but not big neighbour and heavily suffering Spain? Gud boyz China and Germany, and even scandalously do-nothing-Sweden are off it! 😮 Eeeeks, does that mean …? Naaaw, can’t be. :/ I mean it always takes two to tango, so as long as Germany is still closed for healthcare bizniz it makes no sense for us to book our flights. Right?

As long as hubby’s health insurance won’t give the go-ahead we will stay here, happy, inert, with our asses firmly planted on our hands. We won’t go anywhere unless specifically appointed! 🙂 Only once they signal bookings are now open for seeing the community nurse, and flights available we’ll slowly start making appointments and book our flights.

Meanwhile we’re – and particularly me – enjoying our rust-free happy ice cream van:

Oubaas was sighted at the local shopping mall.

You guys, no matter if from rogue or good nations, you stay healthy alright? People, it doesn’t matter what our gov’mts and the big business people are blabbering, they have no idea. We’re still in the fangs of a planetary pandemic, so don’t let your guards down, sanitize yourself and your environment. Don’t let your bosses lull you in a wrong feeling of security just so you come back to work. You don’t matter to them. Not as much as the bottom line. 😦

ACs are just cesspools for virae. Insist on open windows and a complete sanitizing of all offices and workspaces before returning to work!

Hope to cyall alive and well when we meet the next time inworld SL, in Endeavour forum or in this bloggo. \o/

xoxo

*See that sign? Test Center. I’m shocked, you hear: SHOCKED! Center is US-English! 😮 At least in northern Germany, of which Hamburg is a part of, we’re learning Oxford English at school, always have. And after WW2 we were occupied by the Britz, not the Yanks. And anyway, Hamburg is the most British town in Germany after all. So I expect to find a Test Centre, not a Center, ffs!

When we teach German in international schools we stick to regular German language, we don’t teach Bavarian accent, or German as spoken in ex-colonies like Namibia, which is the equivalent to US English.

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    • Does it? I don’t know, and I don’t care about breaking a record. Over 1 mio sounds like quite a lot people. And most of them avoidable deaths I guess. And when the WHO declares it a global pandemic I tend to believe them. Particularly in these socially cold times of late stage capitalism. It’s bad enough for anybody doing their part to avoid the spread, innit?

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  1. It was weird for me to travel into Orange County today. Just an imaginary little line crossed but wildly different pandemic response… strip mall parking lots full of cars, people inside businesses. And bonus: Cheeto supporters with roadside propoganda stalls. F them!!

    I’m totally fine with staying away from people (esp Cheeto supporters) and old lifestyle!

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    • Ya, it’s all handled so hamfistedly. That’s why most really intelligent people say let the fukn WHO handle the global situation, take the politicos out of the game. I’m now not so much worried about national things anymore, they seeem to have that under control here, but international co-op seems to be bad. Now Germans are allowed to come into South Africa, we have no clue if it’s reciprocal. I doubt we can enter Germany when coming from SA. And even if, what airline would fly us? Have any survived the last 3/4 of the year? Hubby tells me our health insurance is up and working and will surely send him a reminder about his annual compulsory check-up soon … and we have no way of getting there! 😮

      Ok, your Cheeto supporters are worst. Is now the time for sane people to do party propaganda? and what kind of warbled message are they sending? Our boss is fukn wibbly wobbly, wears a mask only when politically opportune, we don’t believe in Covid at all. It’s just a trick by the Chinese. Or what?

      People are fukn dying! And those bombastically egos are using the dead people to make anti-ganda. 😦

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      • Cheeto fans don’t believe covid is real or serious, nor that it can hurt them (I type this as news breaks of Cheeto’s closest aide testing positive). GOP msg is “everything will magically work out AND you’ll get rich!!”

        Biden supporters are mainly focused on “he’s not Trump!” He may not be ideal but he seems to be attached to reality, isn’t a narcissistic egomaniac, and is not seeking to be a dictator.

        I’m currently waiting for my “BYE-DON 2020” stickers to arrive.

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        • ““BYE-DON 2020” stickers”
          Something like that truly exists in the real world? And people are buying those? LOL. I wouldn’t spend a single cent on propa- or antiganda stickers about any politico. It’s a nice play on words tho.

          “isn’t a narcissistic egomaniac”
          See? That’s why he won’t stand a chance against the Don. He’s gonna lose soo badly! 😮 You gotta be a total ego populist in order to win any elections in today’s stupid world. Trump knows that and tells people what they wanna hear (and they misunderstand it as “he tells it like it is”), he knows no shame, he’s not afraid to make enemies. As long as he can play the stupid masses he’ll triumph.

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          • DON IS C19 POSITIVE… for a disease that’s a hoax and was supposed to magically disappear.

            As for stickers, I also have “Pussies Against Trump”, which came out when his “grab ’em by the pussy” audio came out in 2016.

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            • Yeah, I read it like 10 minutes ago. I’m usually not a mean person and wish that sickness on nobody. But if someone had it coming. Trump’s in the inner circle of suspects.

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                • That would really be grabbed very deep into he bag of tricks, no? I mean, he was as good as re-elected anyway, the way the dems are self-destructing … For once he had no reason for lying to the American people.

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                  • I don’t really know. Biden has been doing better in polls but Hillary did too. And Hillary won the popular vote but the Electoral College, who actually makes the choice, didn’t all vote with their area’s popular choice. A couple states changed laws but not enough for real impact.

                    Now everyone’s trying to figure out what happens if either candidate dies… and no one seems to know because there are so many factors involved.

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                    • Your last paragraph amused me, sorry for that. If either candidate dies, I guess the party who lost their candidate must quickly find a new one. Prolly the runner up in the candidate elections or so, no? When Trump bites the dust is no problem: Mike Pence will take over … and lose the WH.

                      Oh my, I fell into the trap. 😮 Just read or watched video about the overwhelming and unjustified impact of anything USA in our Afro-European lifes. We shouldn’t know or care about what happens on your side of the pond. Still we know your politicians better than French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Russian or English ones. And those, our political and territorial partners, are ultimately much more important than America, one should think.

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                    • Nope on your guess… public voting has already started so it’s too late for replacement candidates. The VP nominee could be bumped up but it deoends if it happens before or after public vote closes, electoral college vote, congressional approval, and swearing in.

                      There are guidelines but no defined rules. Yet another hole in the process exposed.

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