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
- As well as our Local Business Directory we now have a Local Services Directory! If you have services to add, please complete our questionnaire.
- a reminder to please use our OFFER/REQUEST/IMPORTANT UPDATE/QUESTION system when submitting posts to our Facebook Group. it makes moderating much easier if people use this
- The number of people who have died after testing positive for COVID-19 in hospitals in Gloucestershire is now 27, according to Public Health England figures issued on Saturday.(NB. The real figure is likely to be higher because it does not include those who have died at home or in care home settings). Confirmed cases in the county is now up to 258, figures also released on Saturday show. www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/coronavirus-uk-death-toll-leaps-4020360
- The peak of admissions to Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals related to the coronavirus is expected to peak later this month, the local NHS says. www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18358356.coronavirus-admissions-gloucestershire-hospitals-expected-peak-later-month/
- Players at Stonehouse Town Football Club are donating money to help frontline NHS staff, so far over £1000 has been raised. www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18358239.stonehouse-town-players-donate-fine-money-help-nhs-crisis/
- Please support Sew Scrubs for NHS Gloucestershire. If you can sew, you can join us in sewing scrubs or help find the materials. www.gofundme.com/f/sew-scrubs-for-nhs-gloucestershire
- Stay Connected is a free helpline for anyone worried about themselves or someone else who is in self-isolation or needs support at this time. www.guideposts.org.uk/stay-connected
- 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 https://www.seasonsnursery.co.uk or Co-op Info@ccc.coop or 0800 954 0669
- As of 5pm on April 3, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 4,313 have died. This is 708 up on the 3,605 deaths announced on Friday. A five-year-old child was among those who tested positive for Covid-19 and died. As of 9am, April 4, a total of 183,190 people have been tested of which 41,903 tested positive. www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/coronavirus-updates-gloucestershire-uk-deaths-4019465
- Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove told today’s Government press briefing that seven healthcare professionals have now lost their lives during the coronavirus outbreak, www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/coronavirus-updates-gloucestershire-uk-deaths-4019465
- ‘Stay at home’ warning remains as temperatures set to soar up to 20C this weekend. www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18358372.uk-weather-stay-home-warning-remains-temperatures-set-soar-20c. The key messages from the Government are:
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family.
- 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
- Thirteen people have died in the space of a week after a suspected coronavirus outbreak at a Glasgow care home. www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/apr/04/suspected-coronavirus-outbreak-at-glasgow-care-home-after-13-die
- 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.