Thursday was day six or seven of unsocial isolation and things began to get a little twitchy. There was a world of sorts outside, a form of life as we once knew it was going on and we missed it.

The news has been of transmission, quarantine, hoarding and travel bans. In the US, the child president has told flat-out lies about the pandemic. In the UK, the child prime minister all but ran away from it all until he was backed into a corner.

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