Saturday, 4th 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

  • 9PM LIGHT UP THE VALLEYS – Lean On Me.

We’re supporting another #LightUpOurValleys (and Vale) event… today at 9pm we’ll shine our lights out windows, doors, balconies and sing! Our poll was clear – Bill Withers’s song Lean on Me is the one we’ll be singing! Looking forward to hearing everyone

Local updates

National:

  1. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  2. If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  3. Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  4. Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  5. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

NHS England Medical director Powis says UK’s high death rate is likely to continue for next week or two and it is likely that restrictions will need to last at least until late May

Global:

Summary

  • Worldwide cases have passed 1.1 million, and at least 60,000 people have died
  • Spain reports another 809 deaths, but there are signs its infection rate is slowing
  • Italy is also stabilising
  • US President Trump rejects his own experts’ advice on wearing a face mask
  • New York state sees a record 630 virus deaths in a single day
  • A day of remembrance is held in China to honour those who died of Covid-19
  • The IMF says the pandemic has stalled the global economy, causing a recession worse than 2008
  • (BBC website, summary )
  • The country with the highest number of cases is the US, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. With around 280,000 confirmed cases, it has more than three times the official number recorded in China.
  • Around 3,300 people have died in China – but the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France now have higher death tolls.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51235105