Sunday 19th April 2020

Today’s update includes:

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

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

Local updates:

National news:

International developments:

  • There are now over 2,367,758 confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally and sadly 163,134 people have died in the 185 countries/regions where it is present according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. There are now 25 countries with over 10,000 confirmed cases, 16 countries with over 20,000 confirmed cases, and seven countries where over 5,000 people have died after testing positive for the virus.
  • “The figures from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center record 100,316 deaths in total in European countries” (The Guardian)
  • Germany: “will permit small retail spaces to reopen from Monday alongside car dealerships, cycling stores and bookshops, though people will be “urgently” advised to wear masks while in public.”
  • Poland: “will reopen parks and forests from Monday,
  • Norway: children  “will return to kindergarten” 
  • Czech Republic: “open-air markets… will be permitted to trade as part of a six-week strategy to gradually lift restrictions”
  • Spain: “authorities said at the weekend they would hold off on lifting one of Europe’s tightest lockdowns” (there are over 195,000 confirmed cases in Spain, and more than 20,000 people have died).
  • Israel: is “easing the stringent quarantine measures in place for the past five weeks. It will allow the partial reopening of hardware, electronic and office supply stores, and group prayer outdoors – for up to 19 people, standing two metres apart – and extend the perimeter for exercise to 500 metres from a person’s home.”
  • South Korea: “reported only eight new coronavirus cases on Sunday and [the government said they] would consider opening public outdoor facilities and would relax guidelines on the circumstances in which sports facilities and restaurants can open. Other measures that were due to expire on Sunday were extended until 5 May“ (above all from a Guardian article on lockdowns)


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