Tuesday, 31st March, 2020

Today’s update includes:
Information about changes we’ve made to our group and website
A call out for help
Summary of local news
Key national/international points

Team updates:

Call out from the Team

We are still asking anyone involved in a facebook group or neighbourhood/street/road network to help us map which streets have networks. As well as our map of groups and local businesses, we have a “master map” showing streets which have been leafleted, but we know this doesn’t cover all the areas that have been leafleted or are in groups yet. Download our pdf guide to mapping streets in your area.

Local updates:

  • New bus times have been announced for Stagecoach bus customers [Gloucestershire Live]. The new times are temporary and will operate across the county until further notice. They started on Monday, March 30. The routes and times however will continue to be revised and the company hopes to ensure routes that are critical are still being maintained. The company have strict cleaning routines of the buses and are adhering to the government guidance that has been rolled out for travel companies. The company is also working with the local authority to now accept the use of free concessionary travel passes before the normal 9.30am threshold. Elderly customers can now make use of dedicated shopping hours in place at many supermarkets.”
  • “The number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 and died in under the care of hospitals in Gloucestershire is 13.” (Gloucestershire Live)
  • “In Gloucestershire, 156 people have tested positive for coronavirus according to figures updated on Tuesday evening by Public Health England… up from the 109 recorded yesterday” (Gloucestershire Live). It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.

National:

  • “As of 9am 31 March, a total of 143,186 people have been tested of which 25,150 tested positive. As of 5pm on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died.” (Department of Health and Social Care tweet)
  • “One of the UK’s most senior medical leaders lauded “green shoots” of recovery from the coronavirus crisis, even as the daily death toll hit a record 381 and experts questioned whether the government has a credible route out of the lockdown. Speaking in No 10, Stephen Powis, the medical director of NHS England, said there had been a “bit of a plateau” in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus, which could be a sign that the UK is seeing a slowdown in its spread. He gave his assessment at a press conference alongside Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, who said it was “deeply shocking, disturbing, moving” that 381 people had died in a day.” (The Guardian)

Global:

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

Thanks to people who submitted posts on Facebook that have helped create this update.