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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.