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Island lockdown—isolating in an isolated place

Our containment on an island is a source of comfort and claustrophobia

By Cal Flyn   June 2020

Illustration: Kate Hazell

A strange thing, to self-isolate in isolated places. Here in Orkney, we felt buffered from the coronavirus outbreak for a while thanks to our separation from the mainland by the sea. Still, nowhere is safe. Shetland, further to the north of us, is a symbol of remoteness to many, yet was home to an early cluster of cases, and has been one of the hardest hit regions, per head of population.


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