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Times’ letters: Coronavirus in Brent

PUBLISHED: 08:30 29 March 2020

Wembley Arch is illuminated to show its appreciation to the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA

Wembley Arch is illuminated to show its appreciation to the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Cynical about Brent residents

Trevor Ellis, Chalkhill Road, Wembley, writes:

I’m quite sure that, I’m just one, of a number of Brent residents, who feel concerned, about the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the country.

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I also must say that I am finding the sudden surge of “panic buying” in Wembley which is currently manifested by long queues of people outside key supermarkets such as Asda and Lidl rather bewildering.

After all, stockpiling, for example, toilet rolls, obviously won’t prevent the spread of the aforementioned virus, and neither will the excess buying of food.

If anything, that creates more anxiety, which invariably leads to frustration and outbursts of anger as the selfish side of human nature takes the place of rational thinking and consideration for the needs of others.

It also saddened me to see people queueing patiently during quite cold weather, only to end up buying cigarettes and vaping implements.

That, along with a trail of litter throughout Neasden subway, leading up to and past the Lidl store at the top of Blackbird Hill, Wembley, along with a number of thoughtlessly discarded plastic gloves along the pavement on Bridge Road, left me feeling more cynical about Brent residents coming together for the lasting good of one another, and (the environment) during this time of uncertainty and pestilence.


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