Friday May 8th 2020

Key Item

“Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread, and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred. Migrants and refugees have been vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment. With older persons among the most vulnerable, contemptible memes have emerged suggesting they are also the most expendable. And journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs.
We must act now to strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate. That’s why I’m appealing today for an all-out effort to end hate speech globally”

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General), from his Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech

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:

  • The latest figures from yesterday show that two more people with Covid-19 have sadly died in Gloucestershire, bringing the county’s total to 205. Of those who died, 176 were being treated at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 29 were being cared for through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. (Gloucestershire Live)
  • Public Health England data shows that there are currently 1,292 confirmed cases in Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire Live) 
  • New data released by the government breaks down the above figure by the six local authority districts in the county of Gloucestershire. In Stroud there have been 192 confirmed cases of Covid 19, which equates to 161.3 cases per 100,000 people. This is the second-lowest rate per 100,000 people in the county, after the Forest of Dean (123.6 cases per 100,000 people). Gloucester has the highest number of cases (379), and a rate per 100,000 people approaching over twice as high the Forest of Dean rate (293.2)

National news:

International developments:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 3.9 million (3,902,628), and the number of confirmed deaths is over 272,000 (272,286). 
  • There are four countries with over 200,000 confirmed cases: the USA (1.26 million), Spain (221,447), Italy (217,185), UK (212,626), and a further six with between 100,000 and 200,000, eighteen between 20k and 100k 
  • The UK is now the country where the second highest number of people have died (31,315), higher than the current number in Italy (30,201), with the USA (76,101) being the place where the most people who have died (via Johns Hopkins University tracker)
  • António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) made a Global Appeal to Address and Counter COVID-19 Related Hate Speech, saying: “Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread, and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred. Migrants and refugees have been vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment. With older persons among the most vulnerable, contemptible memes have emerged suggesting they are also the most expendable. And journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs. We must act now to strengthen the immunity of our societies against the virus of hate. That’s why I’m appealing today for an all-out effort to end hate speech globally”
  • “The coronavirus pandemic could kill up to 190,000 people in Africa over the next 12 months and “smoulder” in ‘“transmission hotspots” for years, the World Health Organization has warned. A WHO modelling study found that anywhere between 29 to 44 million people could be infected and between 83,000 and 190,000 Africans could die of Covid-19 if it is not controlled.” (The Telegraph)
  • EU member states should keep the union’s external border closed to all but essential travel until mid-June, the European Commission has said. On Friday the EU’s executive invited leaders to extend the travel ban, which is already in effect, by another 30 days in light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. While it will be up to individual national governments to take part, states in the EU’s passportless Schengen Area have so far taken a coordinated approach to closing Europe’s borders.” (The Independent)
  • Denmark will reopen museums, theatres, cinemas, outdoor amusement parks and zoos on 8 June, the country’s government has said.” (The Guardian)
  • Russia‘s coronavirus cases rise by more than 10,000 for sixth straight day” (The Guardian)

Notes

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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