Thursday 30th April 2020

Today, we know that over 1 million people have recovered after testing positive for the virus. It is nice to be able to celebrate a positive milestone.

The update below includes:

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

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

  • Rachel Sleigh shared details of a webinar “For anyone interested in how Covid-19 has affected PIP claims/procedures… “Benefits & Work are providing a free webinar tomorrow, Friday 1st May at 2pm. Details in the link – free registration is required for the webinar.” 
  • Kate Buckingham writes that Stroud Maternity have asked for local children to print and decorate posters for the unit to celebrate ‘International Day of the Midwife’ on Tuesday 5th of May. If you would like links to the printouts and the address to send them too, get in touch. Kate says that it “would be fun to think of some Stroud Maternity Unit babies now grown-up enough to colour in!” For further information and support please join Stroud Maternity Matters Facebook Group – which is providing guidance on pregnancy and access to relevant health services at this time. 
  • The Music Works is seeking help to record a song to say THANKS! to all our frontline workers. They’ve created a song based on contributions and it is now ready to feature “as many of you out there as possible!” They will release the song in May – with all funds going to Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity. They have “chord charts and a lyric video with vocals and a lyric video with instrumental only on the right, so you can learn, record and send either the whole song, a section of it or just a video of you showing your thanks in whatever way you want to; dancing on your balcony, walking with your pets, or painting a rainbow, The Music Works would love to see them all.”
  • “Are you suffering from domestic abuse or do you suspect that someone you know is?” Gloucestershire Police will have an “engagement vehicle… parked at supermarkets across Gloucestershire over the next few weeks”. The vehicle will be at Stroud Waitrose on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 from 12:00-3pm. They say: “You can leave your home to seek help for domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial.” They add that “Social distancing measures will be in place in and around our engagement vehicle. Gels and wipes will also be made available.” Further information is available via their Domestic Abuse Support and Advice Facebook event, but they stress that “If you mark that you are interested or going to this event it may display this to other users. You do not need to tell us you are attending this event to visit.”

Local updates:

National news:

  • “As of 9am 30 April, there have been 901,905 tests, with 81,611 tests on 29 April. 687,369 people have been tested of which 171,253 tested positive. As of 5pm on 29 April, of those tested positive for coronavirus across all settings, 26,771 have sadly died.” 
  • 674 people died in the last 24-hour period, and 6,032 new cases were confirmed (above both from Department of Health and Social Care pinned tweet)
  • The UK now has the fourth highest number of confirmed cases, passing France (166,628), and behind only Spain (239,639), Italy (205,463), and the USA (1,056,402).
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed the UK is “past the peak of this disease” and “on the downward slope”. “Mr Johnson said face masks will be “useful” as part of the strategy for coming out of lockdown.” (BBC News)
  • Fly-tipping has increased by 300 per cent during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new analysis. Researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth said the increase in illegal waste dumping has followed the closure of almost all tips” (Daily Mail)
  • The children’s commissioner for England has issued a strong statement urging ministers to revoke controversial changes to regulations protecting children in care. “I would like to see all the regulations revoked, as I do not believe that there is sufficient justification to introduce them. This crisis must not remove protections from extremely vulnerable children, particularly as they are even more vulnerable at this time. As an urgent priority it is essential that the most concerning changes detailed above are reversed.” The full statement from the children’s commissioner can be read online.
  • Two doctors have launched an urgent legal challenge to guidance by NHS England on personal protective equipment (PPE), which they claim fails to protect them from infection with covid-19.  “The most recent survey of over 2000 doctors by the Royal College of Physicians indicates that even now matters are deteriorating, with more staff reporting shortages of PPE than was the case three weeks ago.” (Keep Our NHS Public)
  • Tesco changes home delivery rules for all shoppers effective immediately – maximum one delivery a week -and a maximum of 80 products (Gloucestershire Live) 

International developments:

  • Over 1 million people have now recovered after testing positive for the virus. It is nice to be able to celebrate a positive milestone.
  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 3.2 million (3,255,451), and more than 230,000 people have died (231,454).
  • There are eight countries with over 100,000 confirmed cases (Russia joins the seven yesterday), a further fouteen with over 20,000 confirmed cases (one fewer as Russia crosses 100,000), and a further fifteen with over 10,000 confirmed cases.
  • The UK is still the country where the third highest number of people have died (26,771), after only Italy (27,967), and the USA (>62,200, above all via Johns Hopkins University tracker)
graphic with "1 million recovered worldwide"


Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website. The following numbers may be useful: Samaritans: 116 123, Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247, Mind: 0300 123 3393, Age UK: 0800 169 6565, Childline: 0800 1111.
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