Tuesday May 12th 2020

Key Item:

“Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy” has been published.

You can find links to the document and summary coverage in major newspapers, via the above linked post in our facebook group.

Today’s update includes:

  • Requests & Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team & beyond
  • Summary of key local, national and international news
  • New weekly summary of local, national and international statistics

Requests, Offers and Updates posted in the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response Facebook group

Summary of key local, national and international news

New weekly summary of local, national and international statistics

  • The Office for National Statistics have released data on “Death registrations and occurrences by local authority and health board”
  • By our calculations, a total of 432 people in Gloucestershire have died with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate up to 1st May 2020. This is 15% of the total 2,885 people who have died in the county this year.
  • 211 people have died with Covid19 in hospitals in Gloucestershire, 191 in care homes, 19 at home, 6 in hospices, 3 in other communal establishments, and 2 elsewhere.

The data is supplied for each local authority in Gloucestershire:

  • In Stroud district: 71 people have died with Covid19 – 13.3% of the 534 people to die in the district this year. 45 people died in hospital, 22 in care homes, 5 at home, and 1 in an “other communal establishment”
  • In Tewkesbury district, 83 people have died with Covid19 – 19.3% of the 430 people who have died in the district this year.
  • In Cheltenham borough, 103 people have died with Covid19 – 19% of the 543 people who have died in the borough this year
  • In Gloucester city, 94 people have died with Covid19 – 17.0% of the 554 people who have died in the city this year.
  • In Cotswold district, 46 people have died with Covid19 – 10.3% of the 445 people who have died in the district this year
  • In the Forest of Dean, 35 people have died with Covid19 – 9.2% of the 379 people who have died in the district this year

We send our condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of the people covered in the above statistics.

At the national level, the latest data on deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May 2020 (Week 18) from The Office for National Statistics shows:

  • “the number of deaths up to 1 May 2020 was 247,251, which is 41,627 more than the five-year average.
  • “Of the deaths registered by 1 May, 33,408 mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, this is 13.5% of all deaths.” (this includes a part of the year where the virus had not spread in the UK – please see the data below for further comparisons)
  • “The number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 1 May 2020 (Week 18) was 17,953, a decrease for the second week running, but 8,012 more than the five-year average for Week 18.”
  • “Of the deaths registered in Week 18, 6,035 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)”, which was 33.6% of all deaths; a decrease of 2,202 deaths compared with Week 17 (37.4% of all deaths).”
  • “The number of deaths in care homes (from all causes) for Week 18 decreased to 6,409; however, deaths involving COVID-19 as a percentage of all deaths in care homes rose to 37.8% compared with 35.3% in Week 17.”
  • “For the first time, all regions showed a decrease in the percentage of deaths involving COVID-19 in Week 18; the South East had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, making this the first week that London did not have the highest count.”
  • “Of deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to Week 18, 68.5% (22,873 deaths) occurred in hospital, with the remainder mainly occurring in care homes (8,312), private homes (1,562) and hospices (386).”

At the global level, the Johns Hopkins University tracker shows:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus over 4 million (4,239,872)
  • 290,390 people have died
  • There are now 5 countries with over 200,000 confirmed cases: the USA (1,359,319), Russia (232,243), Spain (227,436), UK (227,737) and Italy (221,216).
  • There are a further 5 countries with between 100,000 and 200,000 confirmed cases, and 18 between 20,000 and 100,000. 
  • Next week we will include figures on the weekly increase and any other relevant comparisons. It is important to say that different countries are testing and collecting data on deaths in different ways, making fair comparisons difficult.

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.

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