Sunday 12th April 2020

Today’s update includes
The Department of Health and Social Care announced more than 10,000 people in the UK have died in hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19
Updates, Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and local community
Items from local news outlets
Key national and global points

Major milestones – summary

“As of 5pm on 11 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 10,612 have sadly died” (Department of Health and Social Care tweet). The number of reported deaths does not include deaths outside of hospitals, which means the true figure will be even higher. The UK is the fifth country where over 10,000 people have died (the US, Spain, Italy and France are the others).

The UK now has more confirmed cases than China (84,279 according to DHSC, and 85,1765 according to John Hopkins University – compared to 83,134 in China), making the UK the country with the 6th highest number of confirmed cases. The USA has over 500,000 confirmed cases (542,023).

Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and Wellcome Trust director said the UK was likely to be “one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe”, on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

Boris Johnson released a video message having left hospital, where he was being treated for coronavirus – including in an Intensive Care Unit.

Meanwhile, there are more than 500 confirmed cases in Gloucestershire. This represents only people tested once in hospital, so we have no robust number for the number of cases in the community.

However, Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London, says “The latest analysis of data from the Covid-19 Symptom Tracker, used by over 2 million people [produces an estimate] that 1.4 million people in the UK aged 20-69 have symptomatic COVID, a fall from 1.9 million on the 1st April… These figures suggest that the nation staying home is having a big impact on the spread of the virus in the UK… although the number of hospital admissions and deaths from COVID are currently rising, they should start to fall in about two weeks provided social distancing continues. This two week lag is caused by the delay between symptoms starting and becoming very severe.”

Updates from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and the local community

Local news from the papers:

National:

  • “As of 9am 12 April, 352,974 tests have concluded, with 18,000 tests on 11 April. 282,374 people have been tested of which 84,279 tested positive. As of 5pm on 11 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 10,612 have sadly died” (Department of Health and Social Care tweet). The John Hopkins University Tracker lists the UK as having 85,175 confirmed cases. We are unclear why there is a discrepancy with the DHSC figure.
  • The UK now has more confirmed cases than China (83,134), making the UK the country with the 6th highest number of confirmed cases.
  • There were 5,288 new cases confirmed yesterday (considerably fewer than the day before), and 737 people died. John Hopkins University lists 625 people as having recovered in the UK.
  • Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and Wellcome Trust director said the UK was likely to be “one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe”, on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

Global Summary:

  • Worldwide confirmed cases exceed 1.8 million (1,827,284)
  • Over 110,000 people have died (113,031)
  • 416,620 people have recovered.
  • There are 19 countries with over 10,000 confirmed cases, 14 of these have over 20,000 confirmed cases. The USA has over 500,000 confirmed cases (542,023) (above all from Johns Hopkins University tracker)
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) “has published a document ‘Target Product Profiles for COVID-19 Vaccines’ (pdf) , describing “the preferred and minimally acceptable profiles for human vaccines for long term protection of persons at high risk of COVID-19 infection, such as healthcare workers; and for reactive use in outbreak settings”
  • The Pope delivered Easter Sunday Mass online.
  • Austria: “Small shops… will reopen from 14 April, larger ones from 1 May, and it is hoped that all restaurants and hotels will follow from mid-May. 319 people have died,  and infection rates are believed to be past their peak
  • Italy: “recorded its lowest daily rise in deaths in three weeks on Sunday, with 431 people killed by the virus and new cases growing by 1,984, or 2%.”

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

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