Monday 20th April 2020

Our daily update for Monday 20th 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:

“It’s important that people do not delay seeking help with serious time critical conditions, as this could result in poorer outcomes for their health further down the road. People should continue to call 999 and attend the A&E Departments if they believe their health is at risk, for example if they or a loved one see the signs of stroke, severe chest pain or worsening asthma.”

National news:

“Everyone is keen to move to a sustainable supply of gowns as soon as possible but NHS trusts need certainty. Given the current uncertainties over gown manufacture and supply, due to global shortages, we suggest that any future announcements on what gowns might be available for delivery, when, just focus on what we can be certain of.”

International developments:

  • There are now over 2.4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally (2,447,920). There are over 750,000 – three-quarters of a million – confirmed cases in the USA alone (776,513).
  • Over 160,000 people have died after testing positive in the 185 countries/regions where it is present (168,500).
  • Over 640,000 people have recovered after testing positive (643,918)
  • There are now 27 countries with over 10,000 confirmed cases (two more since yesterday), 16 countries with over 20,000 confirmed cases (same as yesterday), and seven countries where over 5,000 people have died after testing positive for the virus (same as yesterday, above all from Johns Hopkins University tracker).
  • Some European countries have today entered a new stage in re-opening some shops and public services (below all from this Guardian article) 
  • Germany: bookshops, florists, fashion stores, bike and car outlets and other shops smaller than 800 sq m were permitted to reopen today. Angela Merkel, however, warned of a possible second wave of coronavirus infection if lockdown measures were abandoned too rapidly.
  • Czech Republic: a “five-stage plan” started today with open-air markets and workshops; Czechs may now also travel abroad providing they undergo two-week quarantine on return.
  • Norway: kindergartens and some health specialists re-opened today (following Denmark last week), and high schools and universities, hair, massage and beauty salons are “planned to partially reopen from next Monday”. 
  • Italy: shops have reopened in some regions and full lockdown is set to end on 4th May.
  • Spain: some factory and construction workers are back at work but most shops and services remain closed, and office staff are still working from home. Lockdown there is set to be extended until 3rd May.


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

Thanks to everyone who helped create this update through our Facebook group. If you submit posts, we will often decline posting them to the discussion directly and instead hold them till the single daily summary – to try to reduce the number of posts in the feed and make it easier for people to follow the information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose with a flag REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION