Wednesday, March 18, 2020

This daily summary includes:

  • Information about updates we’ve made to our website and group
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points


They add: “We’ll work, where possible, to keep as many of our gardens and parklands open, free of charge, alongside coast and countryside, to encourage the nation to enjoy open space, while observing social distancing measures.”

Team updates:

Call out from the Team:

We’re working on documents that cover the ways we’ve been running – and working out how to – run a group like this. Once we have these guideline and protocol documents ready we will be appealing for more people to step forward and join our team of admins, moderators, coordinators, and web/graphic designers.

Local updates:

  • Neat article in the Stroud News and Journal about the work we and others are doing locally: “Stroud community rallies round to help others in coronavirus crisis
  • “Another case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in Gloucestershire, bringing the total figure to 12.”
  • “This includes three cases in the Cotswolds, one in Gloucester, one in Stroud, two in Tewkesbury district and three in Cheltenham, and the final two currently at an unknown location”, above both from this Gloucestershire Live report.
  • It is important to say that these are cases confirmed by testing only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number of cases in the community.


  • “The coronavirus death toll in Italy has increased by 475, the highest number so far recorded any country in a single day, according to the latest figures from the Civil Protection Agency.”
  • “In total the death toll from the virus in the country, the worst affected in Europe by the outbreak, has now reached 2,978 – an increase of 19%, Reuters reported.”
  • “The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus, rose to 35,713 from a previous 31,506, up 13.35%”
  • “Of those originally infected, 4,025 had fully recovered compared to 2,941 the day before. Some 2,257 people were in intensive care against a previous 2,060.”
  • Above via this Guardian report on deaths in Italy.
  • A journalist at the Financial Times talked on twitter about a graphic they have published showing deaths from Covid-19 are increasing at a faster rate in Italy and Spain than they did in China. The UK is so far following a similar track. To answer why this is, the short answers are: delay in applying strict measures (for all countries) and health services being overwhelmed (for Italy in particular, but not for the UK as yet – although testing capacity, 111, and Protective Equipment have been overwhelmed to some extent – we will write more about this tomorrow)

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