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COVID – week 45 – Jan 18 – Jan 24 2021

Thursday – California running low on vaccines, last mile of US distribution is becoming an issue. Microsoft, Starbucks working on Washington State support; Amazon offering US wide support.

Wednesday – Inauguration Day. Hopefully a change of perspective and attitude to the pandemic. Meanwhile – record cases and deaths across the globe.

Tuesday – As the US prepares for a transition to President Biden, there is optimism that 100M vaccinations in 100 days, as well as a more competent and open approach to distribution will make a difference.

Monday – Washington State working on new vaccination plans, partners with Microsoft and Starbucks.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
18 Jan here here
19 Jan here here
20 Jan here here
21 Jan here here
22 Jan
23 Jan
24 Jan

COVID – week 44 – Jan 11 – Jan 17 2021

Weekend – much discussion of virus variants – and whether these will evade the current vaccines.

Seattle Times sometimes forgets to “un-paywall” daily updates. Here’s the status from this weekend. Cases are flat; deaths are up, hospitals are still coping. Still nowhere close to being able to re-open.

Friday – Hopefully the UK positive case numbers have peaked; the daily numbers for positive tests and the continued climb in hospitalisation is horrific. “Warp Speed” branding for vaccine production and delivery is being retired. Vaccine delivery in the US is far to slow and seems to be haphazard.


Thursday – King County, WA and Washington State investigating safe and equitable methods for mass vaccinations. School gyms, sports facilities, community centers likely to be used. Incoming President Biden announces goal of 100 vaccinations in 100 days.

Wednesday – Second Impeachment moves Covid off the headlines. Vast numbers of cases still in the US. US States being asked to change eligibility for vaccines at short notice. Incoming President Biden building a solid team for Covid response. Still being hampered by lack of coordination.

Tuesday – three coronavirus cases amongst lawmakers from the shelter-in-place at The Capitol last week. Very sad. Washington State cases picked up again – after a dip in reported numbers over New Year.

Monday – many, many cases around the globe. Flu season in the northern hemisphere, new variant with higher transmission, Christmas mingling. Moderna vaccine should give a year of protection; as noted in mid 2020 this is going to lead to an annual flu + covid shot.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
11 Jan here here
12 Jan here here
13 Jan here here
14 Jan here here
15 Jan here here
16 Jan here here
17 Jan here here

COVID – week 43 – Jan 4 – Jan 10 2021

Weekend – More numbers. 46k NHS employees are sick with Covid. 3M cases in the UK, 80k deaths. UK CMO says “restrictions are too lax” – and probably there is a lot of rule bending going on. Washington State planning mass vaccination sites. 20% of England may have had Coronavirus.

New cases in Washington State are relatively flat – but still high. Data as always from The Seattle Times.

Friday – that UK data still going up. US at 4000+ daily deaths for a few days now. That news has been lost in the chaos. London declared a Covid emergency.


In April – shock at 5000+ new cases per day, in November – shock at 20k+ new cases per day. Now 60k+…


Thursday – vast numbers of UK cases, locally vaccination is slow.

Wednesday – rioting and attempted coup. Big news, and moves the pandemic off the front page.

Tuesday – The Guardian tracker now showing percentage in the UK having had at least once vaccination. Almost 61k new cases in the UK. Daily cases trending downwards in Washington State which is good.


Monday – “back to work” and “back to school” with everyone still stuck at home. The first week of the new year – “work week 1” – and the next milestone will be a year of working from home. Vaccines are being slow, England moved to full lockdown again. Vast numbers of new cases in the UK and the US. 350k deaths in the US.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
4 Jan here here
5 Jan here here
6 Jan here here
7 Jan here here
8 Jan here here
9 Jan here here
10 Jan here here

SLES 15 SP3 snapshot 5

Well – after fixing broken zypper credentials – upgrade from SLES 15 SP2 to SLES 15 SP3 snapshot 5 went quickly. I don’t usually take pre-GA SPs for SLES – but I’m getting bitten with PHP update slowness.

zypper migration

SLES 15, missing zypper creds – again

Ran into this again – zyoper losing credentials – and something breaks in the Python dependencies.

/usr/sbin/registercloudguest –force-new

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File “/usr/sbin/registercloudguest”, line 42, in <module>
     import cloudregister.registerutils as utils
   File “/usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/cloudregister/”, line 32, in <module>
     from lxml import etree
ImportError: /usr/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/lxml/ undefined symbol: PyFPE_jbuf

Fix is to download the “old” Python library (here for this specific example) – and wedge it in. Then do the usual zypper up.

rpm –force –nodeps libpython3_6m1_0-3.6.10-lp152.3.7.x86_64.rpm

Optimal sizing in Azure

More a personal note. Regular website sizing (normal traffic, fronted with CloudFlare and Azure) compared with active use (voting/ballots and interaction).

The website is all WordPress on LAMP – so RAM and disk writes are key for the voting.

Normal use: B2ms – 2 vCPU, 8GB RAM

Surge use: E16s_v3 – 16 vCPU, 128GB RAM

Planning around this – and it’s a few extra dollars per month.

COVID week 42 – Dec 28 – Jan 3

New Year and weekend – entering the New Year with some hope that the multiple vaccines will slow and eventually eradicate the pandemic. All signs from the US are that distribution is being botched.

Weekend numbers from The Seattle Times – cases have decreased (yay!) and deaths seem to have peaked. Hospital beds are >85% utilised which is a big concern.

Thursday – looking back at the first year of Coronavirus: 83M reported, positive cases, 1.8M deaths. That curve isn’t slowing down. Data from JHU


US data shows a more pronounced jump since November. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year…


Wednesday – vaccination is slow in the US.

Tuesday – When the history of Covid and 2020-202? is written, there will be a lot said about how the US responded. Reading today that 40M+ Americans are behind in mortgage, car and credit card payments. Those payments all become due in mid 2021.

Monday – Already writing about 2021 – soon this will be a full year of working from home, school from home. The disruption to normal life has been immense. The loss of life, livelihoods and the elimination of societal norms will be here for a long time. UK, US and around the globe new cases are reaching new peaks. 41,385 new positive cases in the UK, NHS warns of collapse.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
28 Dec here here
29 Dec here here
30 Dec here here
31 Dec here here
1 Jan here here
2 Jan here here
3 Jan here here

COVID week 41 of lockdown – Dec 21 – Dec 27

Christmas and Weekend – The UK mutation is everywhere; reported by the UK because of good virus genomics teams. Some delays in reporting new numbers because of Christmas and the weekend – but Washington State continues to look bleak. Graphics from The Seattle Times.

Thursday – Call for whole of England to move into Tier 4 immediately. Almost 40k daily cases in the UK. Lots of breaking the travel ban happening.

Wednesday – 1M vaccines given in US so far.

Tuesday – UK positive cases up by 18k!


Monday – slight dip in WA case numbers – which is encouraging. Massive spikes in the UK. More vaccines arriving.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
21 Dec here here
22 Dec here here
23 Dec here here
24 Dec here here
25 Dec here
26 Dec here here
27 Dec here here

COVID week 40 of lockdown – Dec 14 – Dec 20

Weekend – UK U-turns into severe lockdown for London and SE. I can’t find the words to understand the last minute “escape from London” mentality – as folk try and beat the deadline.

Numbers from The Seattle Times again – format changed up a little.

 Starting on Dec. 21, we will not have this daily COVID-19 graphic in our Monday print edition, as the state Department of Health will no longer be reporting coronavirus data on Sundays. Data on Mondays will now incorporate the case and hospitalization counts from the previous day.

Friday – UK looks to be in the grip of a more transmissible mutation. Rt increases. Hoping the vaccines still effective – but runaway cases.

Thursday – Oh UK – your cases and hospitalisation is picking up again. From The Guardian.


Wednesday – UK reporting COVID mutation, with unknown results against the various vaccines. WA changes guidance on school re-opening – perhaps January/February?

Tuesday – NHS under extreme pressure. UK cases pick up again, after peaking and declining. First vaccines in Seattle given at UW. This certainly feels like the end of the beginning.


Monday – first vaccines have been given in the US. It’ll be a year and more to vaccinate the US or the UK. Sandra Lindsay will be the answer to a trivia question in the future.

The Guardian The Seattle Times
14 Dec here here
15 Dec here here
16 Dec here here
17 Dec here here
18 Dec here here
19 Dec here here
20 Dec here here