Saturday 2nd May 2020

New information from the Office of National Statistics shows that – between 1st March and 17th April (the most recent data available):

37 people in Stroud district died with Covid-19 as an underlying cause or mentioned on the death certificate. This is 20% of all deaths during the period, and 27.6 people per 100,000 people living in the district. We covered the data in more detail in a post in our Facebook group, and provide an additional summary below

Today’s update 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

Local updates:

  • Two more patients who had tested positive for coronavirus have died in Gloucestershire. The latest figures from Public Health England on Saturday show that there have been 187 deaths in hospitals. The total on Friday was put at 185. Of those who have died, 159 were being treated at either Gloucestershire Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital. While 28 were being cared for through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community hospitals and mental health settings.” (Gloucestershire Live)
  • Office for National Statistics data show a total of 1,052 people have died in Gloucestershire between 1st March 2020 and 17th April 2020. Of these, 229 of these deaths have “coronavirus (COVID-19) was the underlying cause or was mentioned on the death certificate as a contributory factor”. This is around one in every five of the people who died 21.8%)  
  • In Stroud district, 37 people have died with Covid-19 as an underlying cause or mentioned on the death certificate – this is 20.1% of the total 184 people to have died between 1st March and 17th April.  This is lower than in Cheltenham, Gloucester, and Tewkesbury, but a higher proportion than in Cotswold or the Forest of Dean.
  • In the other districts of Gloucestershire the figures are as follows: Cheltenham: 64 of 198 people who have died, 32.3%; Cotswold: 22 of 148 people who have died, 14.9%; Forest of Dean: 21 of 152 people who have died, 13.8%; Gloucester: 49 of 216 people who have died, 22.7%; Tewkesbury: 36 of 154 people who have died, 23.4%.
  • By another metric, the number of people who have died related to coronavirus is 27.6 per 100,000 people in the 2018 ONS Population Estimate, compared to 50.1 in Cheltenham, 42.8 in Gloucester, 34.4 in Tewkesbury (higher than in Stroud) and 19.9 in the Forest of Dean, 12.45 in Cotswold.
  • The ONS has made an interactive map showing the data referred to above – hosted on a number of websites including Gloucestershire Live
  • Craig Nicholls, 42, foreman of Biffa’s Cinderford depot told Gloucestershire Live about “What it’s like being a binman in Gloucestershire during the coronavirus lockdown
  • Gloucestershire Live updated their list of local businesses that are reopening.
Screenshot of the interactive map referred to above – numbers of deaths by Stroud district area are mentioned in the text

National news:

  • “As of 9am 2 May… 825,946 people have been tested of which 182,260 tested positive. As of 5pm on 1 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 28,131 have sadly died.” (Department of Health and Social Care pinned tweet)
  • In the last 24 hour period 621 people died in hospitals or care homes, and there were 4,806 more confirmed cases.
  • “The government has pledged to spend £76m to support vulnerable people who are “trapped in a nightmare” at home during the coronavirus lockdown. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the new funding would help vulnerable children and victims of domestic violence and modern slavery. He also announced the launch of a taskforce which will aim to support rough sleepers after the lockdown.“ (BBC News)
  • The Sunday Telegraph suggests that “Primary schools are due to reopen as soon as June 1, as part of Boris Johnson’s blueprint for gradually “unlocking” Britain, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.”
  • A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) study has found that Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities seem to be disproportionately affected compared to others in the NHS. BBC News reported that: “after accounting for differences in age, sex and geography, estimated that the death rate for people of black African heritage was 3.5 times higher than for white Britons. It added that for people of black Caribbean heritage, per capita deaths were 1.7 times higher, rising to 2.7 times higher for those with Pakistani heritage.”

International developments:


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.
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