Yes, the pandemic lingers, together with the uncertainty it carries. We acquired one other unwelcome reminder of this simply over per week in the past when COVID-19 surfaced again in Brisbane, forcing individuals again into their houses and triggering the cancellation of the much-loved BluesFest music festival in northern NSW simply at some point earlier than it was to start.
Overseas too, it’s a completely different story. Many international locations, together with India, France and Papua New Guinea, are preventing one other wave of rising infections. Other international locations just like the United Kingdom and the United States are diagnosing hundreds of infections a day, whilst they quickly vaccinate their populations and begin to elevate restrictions.
Public considerations concerning the efficacy and security of the vaccines are but to be allayed too, with reviews on Friday of an Australian man suffering blood clots days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
But the chance to take pleasure in Easter in the present day as now we have historically performed so, with chocolate, our mates and households and never a Zoom display screen in sight, is our crowning achievement after a 12 months of serious hardship and sacrifice.
We will bear the scars of this pandemic for a very long time. We may also face troublesome decisions as a nation within the 12 months forward – particularly, when to reopen our borders, and to whom – however in the present day will not be a day for any of that. This is the second to have fun, collectively, our shared life renewed. There is way to be looking forward to. Happy Easter.