Monday 4th May 2020

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:

National news:

  • “As of 9am 4 May, there have been 1,291,591 tests, with 85,186 tests on 3 May. 945,299 people have been tested of which 190,584 tested positive. As of 5pm on 3 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 28,734 have sadly died.(Department of Health and Social Care pinned tweet)
  • In the last 24 hour period 288 more people have died in hospitals or care homes, and there were 3985 more confirmed cases. The number of deaths tends to be lower on a Monday than later in the week due to reporting anomalies.
  • Please do download this app to help track cases in your community. 
  • UK daily testing again falls below 100,000 target. The country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, says a little more than 85,000 tests took place on Sunday, the second day where the headline total has fallen back below the daily testing target of 100,000.Hancock had promised the UK would be carrying out 100,000 tests a day by the end of last month. [It was announced on Friday that the target had been exceeded, but the number has since dropped back down.](
  • A test, track and trace scheme is being trialled on the Isle of Wight from this week. It’s then being rolled out more widely across the UK, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock. All 80,000 households on the island are being urged to download the app, on which they will be able to report symptoms and order coronavirus tests.
  • Nearly half of the UK population say they had “high anxiety” as the nation went into lockdown – with anxiety levels highest for those whose income had fallen, new figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics says measures of well-being were at their lowest since 2011, when records began.
  • Nightingale is to be placed on standby and won’t be admitting patients any more. Coronavirus in London “remains under control”, its CEO Charles Knight says BBC 
  • TUC ‘can’t support back-to-work guidance’. The draft advice for getting people back to work has “huge gaps” when it comes to protective kit and testing, says the head of the TUC. Frances O’Grady says the group representing UK unions can’t back the guidance as it stands. 
  • A head teacher was so concerned that his pupils’ families had not received free school meal vouchers that he took matters into his own hands – spending £2,000 of his own money. Staff at Peel Park Primary in Bradford have been making food parcels after Lloyd Mason-Edwards stepped in. He said those in need were being failed by the voucher scheme. (BBC)
  • The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in prisons across England and Wales continues to rise, a daily update from the Ministry of Justice shows. As at 5pm on Sunday, 357 prisoners have tested positive for the virus across 73 prisons, a 3% rise in the three days since the last update, while the number of infected prison staff rose by 6% to 395 workers across 67 prisons in the same period. A total of 13 prisoner and custody services have tested positive. The figures include those who have recovered. A total of 19 prisoners and six prison staff are known to have contracted Covid-19 and died. There are 80,100 prisoners in england and wales and around 33,000 staff in public-sector prisons.
  • Asda has reached out to thousands of small care homes to offer a helping hand during the coronavirus pandemic.The supermarket is giving 3,500 care home priority passes for online shopping.This means they will see earlier delivery slots available when ordering from Asda’s website.It is also donating 250,000 medical-grade face masks to care homes, to help keep the workers and residents safe. The masks will be sent out in the middle of May, directly to the care homes.

International developments:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 3.5 million (3,571,615), and the nmber of confirmed deaths has surpassed 250,000 (250,134). 
  • There are nine countries, including the UK, with over 100,000 confirmed cases, as Brazil has joined this group with 101826 cases, a further fifteen with over 20,000 confirmed cases and a further fourteen with over 10,000 confirmed cases.
  • The UK is still the country where the third highest number of people have died (28,734), after only Italy (29808), and the USA (67913), above all via Johns Hopkins University tracker)
  • World leaders promise $8bn (£6.43bn) for the fight against the pandemic, the European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen says at the end of a pledging event she chaired. The EU will put €1bn (£877m) towards the global search for vaccines and treatment, while Norway and Germany also pledge significant funding for vaccine research and distribution. The Guardian
  • French hospital discovers Covid-19 case from December
  • Cases in Germany likely to be 10 times higher than official count, say researchers, and numbers are also likely under-reported in Italy. As we have reported here earlier in the week, a report by the FT suggests this is occurring in the UK too. Rather than the nearly 29000 deaths it is estimated to be over 41000. Financial Times
  • Italy begins a cautious exit from lockdown
  • Trump predicts up to 100,000 US deaths
  • Japan extends State of Emergency as global cases top 3.5m – Guardian Report


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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