Today’s update includes
- Grim milestones as UK – and Gloucestershire – see highest number of people die in 24-hour period
- Updates, Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond
- Summary of local news
- Key national/international points
Globall, more than 100,000 people have now died having tested positive for a virus (101,732), a grim milestone. On the same day, the UK announced the highest number of people to die in a single 24-hour period. 980 people died in the most recent 24-hour period, a higher number of people to die in a single day in either Spain or Italy at their peak (971 people died on 28th March in Italy, and 950 people died in Spain on the 3rd April). A slightly higher number of people – 987 died in France – the highest number in a single day for a European country so far. 10 people have also died in Gloucestershire in the past 24 hours. We believe this is the highest number of people to have died in a single day in the County so far.
Updates from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and the local community
- Stroud Parish Churches shared a Good Friday service at 2pm, which you can watch on YouTube.
- Don’t forget it’s “Light Up the Valleys” tomorrow – Saturday 9pm. Please no fireworks! Just shine a light, sing Lean on Me by Bill Withers (or whatever your neighbourhood decides on) for 10 minutes or so.
- GL11 Community Hub has noticed that very many residents are finding it hard to access fresh food. So we have teamed up with our partners at The Tab and Seven Vale Community Kitchen to offer Food Box delivery for Cam and Dursley. If you live in GL11 postcodes you can order a large vegbox for £10.50 via the website. Whether you live in GL11 or not you donate to help raise £2,500 to subsidise Severn Vale Community Kitchen meals for those in our local community who are struggling.
- Tweedy the Clown from Giffords Circus has been making videos for children – including one to make sure they aren’t scared of the PPE health workers may be wearing if they have to visit hospital
- The Access Bike project “would like to donate some of our refurbished bikes to Stroud’s key-workers that need a bike to help them travel safely to and from work! Please email email@example.com if you, or someone one you know, could really benefit from a bike in these tough and uncertain times. Let us know where you live, and tell us how this bike could help. It would usually cost around £40 to fix a good bike, so if you would like to support our project and help get key-workers on two wheels, please visit our donate page and give what you can – https://www.accessbike.org/donate” (we were reminded about this by grateful recipient Elaine Mackinnon who said “Very happy with his kindness now I can get to work and no need of public transport. Thank you so much!!”)
- Join Westonbirt Arboretum – Forestry England every day for ideas and activities to help with your wellbeing and to keep connected at home during this time.
- George Hudson & Sons Funeral Directors asked us “If you see a hearse, could you stop, stand for a moment as it passes, perhaps take off your cap, and bow your head? In these times where funerals are limited to only a very few close family our chance to support people during bereavement is limited. So, we wondered if we could revive an old tradition that would show people that their loss is noticed and shared by us all? It would mean the world to families in a time of sadness.” (you can watch a video of a whole community turning out like this in Ireland recently)
- Proud to Care Gloucestershire “have developed a fast track recruitment programme to help care providers fill a number of flexible, temporary and permanent paid roles. Proud to Care are conducting virtual interviews and will support you in your new role using a nationally accredited virtual induction.You could be making a difference to someone’s life in a matter of days!”
- “Do you have experience of Arizona flatbed printers or Zund cutting tables? We’re in need of volunteer operators to help us support our county health services. We’re running a not for profit community project to make and supply visors to Gloucestershire NHS. They’ve asked us to produce 42,000+ units over the next 6-8 weeks. Although we’ve got plenty of community support for assembly, we don’t have many machine operators which is limiting the speed we can get the visors to our hospitals, doctors and community teams.” (see the link to get in touch with Adam Soble if you can help)
- Rosie and Nell were growing delicious organic veg and salad for the local cafes and restaurants – which have now closed. Their veg was going to be wasted so Nick Weir and Carol Matthews bought it, it was harvested yesterday and they are selling it online. Don’t miss our set of printable posters and flyers you can use in your area, to help reach those of us who aren’t online so much (or at all).
Local news from the papers:
- “The number of people who have died in Gloucestershire since they tested positive for coronavirus has risen to 69. It means that 10 more people have died in the county in the past 24 hours – an increase on the 59 deaths reported yesterday, Thursday April 9.” (Gloucestershire Live) We believe this is the highest number of people to have died in a single day in the County so far.
- A message on the Cotswold tourism website reads: “While the Cotswolds normally warmly welcomes visitors, unfortunately these are far from normal times. Sadly we must ask would-be visitors to stay away from the Cotswolds for the foreseeable future and instead ask you to play your part in limiting and slowing the spread of the virus. The Cotswolds will still be here, waiting to welcome you. Stay safe and stay at home.”
- Gloucestershire Live have a list of great ideas to keep everyone entertained at home including easy baking tips, how to make your own giant Easter egg, the live streams you need to keep up with, activities you can do at home among other things. This includes Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s kids-zone and more.
- “Firefighters from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) are playing a key role in relieving pressure on paramedics during the coronavirus outbreak. Two new ambulances will be driven by first-aid trained firefighters from the county to help support the ambulance service when they arrive next week.” (Gloucestershire Live)
- “Great Western Air Ambulance Charity will be providing specialist paramedics in critical care to assist the NHS with transferring critically-ill Covid-19 patients to ICU beds” (Stroud News and Journal)
- “As of 9am 10 April, 316,836 tests have concluded, with 19,116 tests on 9 April. 256,605 people have been tested of which 73,758 tested positive. As of 5pm on 9 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 8,958 have sadly died.” (Department of Health and Social Care tweet)
- This means there were 8,681 new cases confirmed yesterday, and 980 people died. This is the highest number of people to die in a single day. It is higher than the highest numbers of people to die in a single day in either Spain or Italy (971 people died on 28th March in Italy, and 950 people died in Spain on the 3rd April). 987 people died in France – the highest number in a single day for a European country so far.
- Two stories we shared yesterday are worth adding to the above information:
- 1. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously accepted the peak in the number of people dying in a single day could be around 1,000 people in a day around Easter Sunday. (Evening Standard)
- 2. “The UK coronavirus death toll is expected to continue to rise for at least two weeks, the government’s chief scientific adviser has said, despite encouraging signs about the rate of infections and hospital admissions” (The Guardian)
- “Consultant urologist Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, east London, on Wednesday. Five days before he was admitted to hospital, Dr Chowdhury had appealed for “appropriate PPE and remedies” to “protect ourselves and our families”. (BBC News)
- The head of the British Medical Association has called on the government to urgently investigate if and why black, Asian and minority ethnic people are more vulnerable to Covid-19, after the first 10 doctors in the UK named as having died from the virus were all BAME. (The Guardian)
- Worldwide confirmed cases exceed 1.6 million (1,673,423)
- Over 100,000 people have died (101,732)
- 371,637 people have recovered.
- There are 19 countries with over 10,000 confirmed cases, 13 of these have over 20,000 confirmed cases (above all from Johns Hopkins University tracker)
- “The worst affected country remains Italy, with 18,849 deaths so far, according to the tally kept by the Maryland, US-based university. The US is now the second worst-affected country, with 17,925 deaths. Spain is third, with 15,970 deaths.” (Guardian summary)
- The WHO Director-General warned: “lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgence”, noting that “I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone.”
- “A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children. With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.” My Hero is You: all language versions (World Health Organisation)
- Ireland: lockdown measures will be extended until 5 May (BBC News)
- South Korea: “officials reported 91 patients thought cleared of the coronavirus had tested positive again… False test results could also be at fault, other experts said, or remnants of the virus could still be in patients’ systems but not be infectious or of danger to the host or others” (Guardian)
- Malaysia: Movement and travel restrictions “extended until at least the 28 April” (Guardian)
- Portugal: “extending a national lockdown until 1 May as the number of coronavirus cases in the country rose above 15,000.” (Guardian)
Please remember that we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.
A Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Ramadan to all our readers, and thanks to everyone who contributed to this Daily Update.