Dear Friends,

When I wrote my last message to you for IE News, the world was in a very different place. Since then, everything has changed. We have watched in horror as first China and then most of the rest of the world has been invaded by COVID 19, a virus to which none of us has immunity. As I write, close to half a million people worldwide have been infected, but it is likely that there are also a large number of unidentified cases. Almost 19,000 people have died, and this number grows daily.