Saturday May 9th 2020

Key item:

Confirmed cases of the virus globally have passed 4 million.

(There are over 1,300 confirmed cases in Gloucestershire, and over 190 in Stroud district)

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 for Saturday show that two more people with Covid-19 have sadly died in Gloucestershire, bringing the county’s total to 207. Of those who died, 178 were being treated at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 29 were being cared for through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust which runs community hospitals and mental health settings.
  • “There has also been a sharp rise in confirmed cases in the county, up 47 to 1,315 from 1,268 – it comes as a new test centre opened today in Oxstalls to allow key workers fast access to coronavirus testing.”(Gloucestershire Live) 
  • Data was released by the government yesterday for 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)
  • Stroud MP Siobain Baillie told Stroud News and Journal she hopes we can dig into our pockets to protect local venues and activities as we need these places to survive and thrive. She says she has been “supporting the team at Dr Jenner’s House and Museum in Berkeley with its Crowdfunder drive because the attraction, expertly led by Owen Gower, faces an uncertain future unless it finds extra money to cope during lockdown. Luckily, I was able to organise some recent national news coverage on the BBC, ITV, the Daily Telegraph and others to help give a boost to funding.” She also mentions the Prince Albert pub campaign. Noting that the government has allocated nearly £1.2 million of extra funding to help the district council during the Coronavirus pandemic, she says “particularly pleased it’s coming because I have been lobbying ministers for extra financial support for Stroud.”

National news:

International developments:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 4 million (4,004,224), and the number of confirmed deaths is over 277,000 (277,860). 
  • There are four countries with over 200,000 confirmed cases: the USA (1.29 million), Spain (222,857), Italy (218,268), UK (216,525), 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 (31,662), higher than the current number in Italy (30,395), with the USA (77,489) being the place where the most people who have died (via Johns Hopkins University tracker)


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