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
- Wotton Area Mutual Aid thanked Martin and Lynne Clarke who, last weekend, raised an amazing £530 towards Wotton Area Mutual Aid food boxes with their Coombe VE day event
- Rodborough Community Mutual Aid Network shared details of “the first in a series of new mental health services, designed to help people during the coronavirus pandemic” from Gloucestershire County Council. “Anyone over 18 in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online chat based platform at www.qwell.io … Chats can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.”
- Rosie and Nell’s Veg are offering Kale seedlings of four varieties. “They are in groups of three, all hardened off and ready to be transplanted into a large pot or an outside bed… [BUT] it’s a bit cold at the moment so hold off planting outside until the night time temperature warms up!”
- Sarah-Jayne Lynch posted about “The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship. The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks.”
- Citizens Online – a charity based in Stroud – is offering a series of free online events around helping people with digital skills during the pandemic. This Thursday the 11am session is focussed on supporting people with English as an additional language
- Sandy Moller let us know that a free ‘Shop ‘n’ Drop delivery service has been set up for residents to get the items that they need whilst practising social distancing. This has been promoted initially for residents living across Rodborough but also open to help out across the rest of Stroud where there is interest.
- We now have 4,305 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 and how we can work together to get through the pandemic and its impacts
- Please take a look at the Group Purpose and Guidelines if you haven’t read them recently.
Summary of key local, national and international news
- “Stroud District Green Party has called for workplaces to have a certified and published plan for Covid-safety to be in place before employees are required to return to work.” (Stroud News and Journal)
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked International Nurses Day with a video projection at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – you can watch the video via the link.
- Stroud District Council posted an appeal to people exercising on Selsley Common, warning that cows are now on the common. The appeal was aimed specifically at drivers, asking them “please drive slowly”, and for dog walkers to “please make sure dogs are under control. Dog poo is harmful to cows so pick up after your dog & take it home.”
- “Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy” has been published.
- Local journalist Caroline Molloy shared her opinion piece published in The Guardian: “Coronavirus: Boris Johnson is easing a lockdown that didn’t exist for millions of Britons”
- We shared details of Five Tests The National Education Union thinks need to be met before moving to further opening of schools.
- We added the news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that: “The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October” to our section on personal finances.
- The World Health Organisation held a live Q&A for International Nurses Day – you can watch the video recording via the link.
- “The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the Covid-19 respiratory disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones. “We do have some treatments that seem to be, in very early studies, limiting the severity or the length of the illness, but we do not have anything that can kill or stop the virus,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a virtual briefing.
- Facebook “claimed to have removed about 4.7m posts connected to organised hate groups on its Facebook app in the first quarter of 2020 – up from 1.6m in the previous quarter. It also said it removed 9.6m Facebook posts containing hate speech in the first quarter, compared with 5.7m in the fourth quarter of 2019.”
- “People in Lebanon have been told to stay at home for a four-day period of “total lockdown” to curb the spread of coronavirus after an increase in infections followed an ease of restrictions.”
- “China, Singapore and Denmark were among countries to announce substantial expansions of their testing regimes, with the Chinese city of Wuhan, the original centre of the pandemic, saying it planned to test all 11 million residents.”
- “Denmark, one of the first EU states to start easing its lockdown, said the number of new infections had fallen steadily despite primary schools and some businesses reopening last month, with the country’s R-number, which indicates how many people each carrier of the virus infects, falling to 0.7 from 0.9.”
- “Spain said on Tuesday that from Friday 15 May all new arrivals would be isolated for two weeks to help prevent infections being imported, with new arrivals allowed out only to buy food or medicine, seek medical attention, or on emergency grounds.”
- “Bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty parlours in Italy are to be allowed to reopen from 18 May, earlier than originally planned”
- “In Russia, which has recorded more than 230,000 infections, the world’s second highest tally, containment measures in parts of the country were lifted in many parts of the country but remained in force in Moscow, although 500,000 construction and factory workers went back to their jobs on Tuesday.”
- (above all from the Guardian global summary)
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.
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