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The word on everybody’s lips is covid-19 – or coronavirus, as it is more commonly known.
It is almost impossible not to hear or read about some new development numerous times every day. Initially, concern was minimal, because there were no cases on our shores; it was far away in China.
However, then cases appeared in Europe, the United States, the UK, Scotland and then, even closer, Ayrshire. The rate at which it is reaching ever nearer to us here on Arran is frightening, as are the potential consequences for the island both economically and given our ageing population.
Thankfully, there are no cases of coronavirus on Arran, and we have no doubt that our medical personnel are more than capable of dealing appropriately with any instances, but we are under no illusion that it will continue to play an ever increasing part in our daily lives, directly or indirectly.
The cancellation of the Arran VegFest is the first to suffer from coronavirus concerns. This is coupled with ferry disruption issues, which disastrously for Arran might continue for six more weeks.
Let us hope that with the end of the worst of the winter storms, the onset of warmer weather and as knowledge increases about the virus, we can all emerge from it relatively unaffected.