Friday, 3rd April, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates

If you are a key worker and your children can’t be safely looked after at home, maybe Seasons or the Co-op childcare can help. Seasons: 01453 767004 or email or or 0800 954 0669


  • It is confirmed that 684 more people have died in UK hospitals, bringing the total to 3,605 and making the 24 hours to 5pm on Thursday (BST) the deadliest since the outbreak began.
  • The country’s Department of Health and Social Care says 173,784 people have been tested; of whom 38,168 were positive.

  • UK government says stay at home when weather turns warm. It’s ‘not a request’, UK told
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock calls for medical trial volunteers


  • Known global death toll passes 55,000. At least 55,781 people across the world have now died as a result of the pandemic, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed cases passed a million on Thursday and at least 1,056,777 people are now known to have been infected. The true scale of the outbreak is likely to be greater due to suspected underreporting by some nations.
  • More than 250,000 EU citizens stranded abroad. Some 350,000 have been repatriated but that still leaves a quarter of a million EU citizens trying to get home.
  • New York sees highest increase in deaths in a single day
  • WHO chief warns that rushing to lift restrictions could prolong the crisis
  • US Navy ship in New York with 1,000 bed capacity has only 20 patients
  • White House is expected to advise Americans to wear masks
  • The Queen will address the nation in a broadcast on Sunday night
  • Nearly 53,000 people have died and more than 210,000 have recovered

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