COVID Alberta & Japan
Alberta, Canada- March 22, 2020
also some (probably outdated) news from Japan
Canada is currently at 1,436 cases, and of those, 226 are in Alberta.
There were about 15-20 cases when schools closed, I don’t really remember the exact number.
Schools in Alberta have been closed since Monday (March 16), and this entire week is just teachers planning out how online classes will look. I’ve heard of a lot of different schools are closing for around 2 weeks, but Alberta decided that schools will not reopen until September. We were given appointments to go and get our things from our lockers, but I already had everything since my parents pulled me last Friday, March 13. All provincial exams have been cancelled, including diploma exams.
Like every pretty much every other theatre production, we won’t be able to perform the play we’ve been working on all year. But, instead of cancelling it, it will just be postponed until the next school year. I know everybody else is really upset about their shows being cancelled, but honestly I’m really happy about it. I go to a small school with a small budget, and the drama teacher thought that we could handle a massive production without any help from the community, which was a very stupid idea, but that’s a whole other rant.
Shelves are empty, but I don’t think that’s surprising news anymore.
I’ve been in quarantine with my family for about a week now, I’ll probably go insane any day now. I don’t have school this week but I still have assignments that were due last week, which I will keep procrastinating. I really wanted to make the most of my time and write more, but guess who’s lazy and spends a lot of time watching netflix and reading online.
My friend in Japan has also been keeping me updated on the situation in Japan, so even though I do know a few things going on there. Schools in Japan were closed at the end of February and his school hasn’t reopened yet. He has been under quarantine since the schools closed, but both of his parents have still had to work. There are shortages of masks, rubbing alcohol, and toilet paper (of course). Everybody has been recommended to self-quarantine, but of course this is difficult for workers, and the people who just don’t take it as a serious threat. Malls are still open, weddings are still happening etc. He told me all of this about a week ago, so I’m not sure how much has changed since then.
News about this changes every hour so, if there’s any interest, maybe I’ll update this if something major happens idk. Either way, I hope that everybody stays safe and healthy and that we’re done with this virus soon.