Thursday 7th May 2020

Gloucester Hospitals NHS foundation trust have shared that 67% of critically ill patients are now on the mend.  57 people who have been most poorly and in intensive care with coronavirus have now been discharged. Great news! https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264896341364794/ 

Any lockdown change will be ‘small’ Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, leading the daily Downing Street briefing, stressed any changes would be “modest, small, incremental” steps.The prime minister has said the government will proceed with “maximum caution” when considering easing restrictions, as Scotland announced its lockdown was being extended.

More than 200 people have now died with Covid-19 as an underlying cause in hospitals in Gloucestershire. This does not include people who have died in care homes or their own homes.

More than 200,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK – this includes tests in hospitals and elsewhere.

Over 30,000 people have now died with Covid-19 in the UK – this includes people who have died in hospitals and care homes, but not in the community.

Globally, over 260,000 people have now died.

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 7 May, there have been 1,534,533 tests, with 86,583 tests on 6 May. 1,139,626 people have been tested of which 206,715 tested positive. As of 5pm on 6 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 30,615 have sadly died.(Department of Health and Social Care pinned tweet)
  • 539 people died in the last 24-hours period, and 5614 new cases of coronavirus were recorded yesterday. 
  • Any lockdown change will be ‘small’ Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, leading the daily Downing Street briefing, stressed any changes would be “modest, small, incremental” steps.The prime minister has said the government will proceed with “maximum caution” when considering easing restrictions, as Scotland announced its lockdown was being extended. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have the power to diverge from what the government at Westminster decides on the lockdown. Coronavirus: ‘Maximum caution’ from the PM among UK recession warnings https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52581862
  • Black Britons face ‘twice the risk’ of death, says ONS https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52574931
  • UK heading for ‘worst recession’ – The Bank of England warns the UK economy is heading towards its deepest recession on record. It predicts the impact of coronavirus will see the economy shrink 14% this year, if the lockdown is relaxed from June. (BBC)
  • Remember that you can download an app to track symptoms and help track cases in our community. 

International developments:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 3.8 million (3,813,123), and the number of confirmed deaths is over 267,000 (267,223). 
  • There are four countries with over 200,000 confirmed cases: the USA (1.2 million), Spain (220,325), Italy (215,858), UK (207,973), and a further six with between 100,000 and 200,000.
  • The UK is now the country where the second highest number of people have died (30,689), higher than the current numbers in Italy (29,858), with the USA (74844) being the place where the most people who have died (via Johns Hopkins University tracker)
  • You can watch yesterday’s briefing from the World Health Organisation

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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