Jonny Wilkinson: Time to take a break and look out for others

I knew things were fluid and fast moving but I like many others were shocked at how fast our country has moved into lockdown in a concerted call to action to avoid the horrendous state of play Italy is now in.

I was horrified at the footage of Italian hospitals with people on gurneys gasping, with what looked like water cooler bottles on their heads. It kind of reminded me of my night breathing mask in a macabre way.

While Italy seems like a distant reality from little NZ, our world Down Under has moved drastically with Jacinda's announcement on Monday.

What we thought might happen sometime was suddenly upon us. We're on lockdown.


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Abridged, taken from an article in the Northern Advocate, 04 May 2020