A British Ex-Soldier is in Isolation on an Uninhabited Island Due to Corona Crisis

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A British ex-soldier is in isolation on an uninhabited island because of the corona crisis. Chris Lewis (39) and his dog Jet have moved into the only house on Hildasay, according to the BBC.


Lewis was on a long charity walk when his government announced a lockdown to stop the virus from spreading. He then went by boat to the island, where only sheep and birds live.

“I thought it would be better if I weren’t on the mainland. I didn’t want to get in the way,” said the former soldier. He also likes his stay in a hut without running water or electricity. “I’ve never been happier.”

The Briton can survive because drinking water and other supplies are regularly delivered by boat. He also collects firewood and fishes to get food. He does ensure that he always has a large stock of dog food on hand.

The thirties already attracted attention with his walking action along the coast. He left his hometown of Swansea in 2017 and travelled 12,000 miles (nearly 20,000 kilometres) on foot to raise money for the charity organization SSAFA. That already yielded 98,000 pounds.

Lewis says that because of his trek, he has been living in isolation for years. Tens of thousands of people do look over his shoulder. Some 40,000 people follow his journey via Facebook.

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