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
- What’s your story? We would really love to share your stories and experiences of the last few months! If you have a story to share, about how you are doing with the process we are in, your experiences, let us know. There are several already shared from Stroud residents here and abroad, in the Personal Experiences section – on our website and in the Units here in the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264944054693356/
- “A new drive-through mobile testing unit for coronavirus is being set up in Gloucestershire.” It is due to be running from today until Monday (5 days), and is based at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester. “People with symptoms including key workers, people living with them or over-65s can attend the site. The full list of who is eligible to attend is here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.” Read more at: http://orlo.uk/mobile_testing_5tP5u https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264865351367893/
- Stroud resident Seb Bacon shared that his team from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have just published this paper about risk factors associated with Covid-19. It puts hard numbers on the relative risks of different factors. It shows, for example, that the way BAME people and poorer people are affected disproportionately can only be partly explained by health conditions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264949008026194/
- The animal service in Stroud District Council would like to remind everyone of the current Government guidance regarding dog walking. If you’re walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should please ensure that both you and your dog can safely keep 2 metres away from others. Dog owners should maintain good hygiene practices while looking after their animals and, when out for a walk, maintain good control over their dogs, including keeping them on a lead where necessary. https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264778144709947/
- Stroud District Council suggest, if you’re celebrating VE Day, please do so safely “Instead of having a big street or garden party, why not have a picnic in your front garden & commemorate the day with your neighbours at a safe distance?” https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264792544708507/
- We now have 4,299 members. We’re delighted to welcome 69 new members. Please invite your friends to grow this community. And please do introduce yourself and let us know anything you’d like to see in the group related to coronavirus https://www.facebook.com/groups/stroudcorona/permalink/264828471371581/
- Please take a look at the Group Purpose and Guidelines if you haven’t read them recently.
- No more figures as yet today. from yesterday four more people with Covid-19 have sadly died in Gloucestershire, bringing the county’s total to 203. Of those who died, 174 were being treated at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 29 were being cared for through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. (Gloucestershire Live)
- The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire is 1,267.
- As we wrote above, the NHS in Gloucestershire said that of the 87 patients who were treated in intensive care units (ICUs) before the UK lockdown until May 1, 57 have now recovered and were discharged https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/two-thirds-covid-19-patients-4112573
- The SNJ reports that a “A drive-through mobile testing unit for coronavirus is being set up in Gloucestershire. It will be running for five days, from today, May 7 until Monday May 11 inclusive, and will be based at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester. People with symptoms who are key workers or over-65s can attend the site, which is run by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), to be tested.”
- In the column by the leader of Stroud District Council, Doina Cornell, she talks about celebrations to mark the end of the war in Europe, and honour those who served and some who paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to keep us safe and win against tyranny. “All these years later, their example continues to inspire us, and as the world once again faces challenging times, I see every day in my own community people who are brave and ready to do whatever it takes to keep others safe.What this crisis has shown us is that those workers who are key to keeping our communities safe, keeping essential services running, and caring personally for those who need looking after, without regard for their own hardship, are the ones who haven’t always been valued in the past.” https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18434173.leaders-column-many-ways-mark-ve-day-remember-heroes/
- Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie welcomes a £5.4 million cash boost to help those seeking social welfare advice https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18433578.stroud-mp-siobhan-baillie-welcomes-cash-boost-help-seeking-social-welfare-advice/
- Gloucestershire’s two largest Household Recycling Centres will reopen next week for pre-booked visits with strict social distancing measures in place. Horsley Tip is not one of these. https://www.facebook.com/470465469634892/posts/3523223251025750/
- 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.
- 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
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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