Thursday May 14th 2020

Key Item:

The Independent SAGE group has released its report on “the priorities for measures to be taken to support a gradual release from social distancing measures”.

We endorse this report, in particular Recommendation 10:

“Communities and civil society organisations should have a voice, be informed, engaged and participatory in the exit from lockdown. This pandemic starts and ends within communities.”

Read more on our post in the Facebook group.

Today’s update includes:

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

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

Summary of key local, national and international news

  • A vaccine for coronavirus must be available to all countries, the EU has insisted.
  • 36 million US citizens are now unemployed.
  • The first reported case of coronavirus has been found in Bangladesh’s vast Rohingya refugee camps.
  • Governments, health authorities and civil society groups should urgently address mental health problems sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN secretary general has said.
  • Ten people in Vietnam have offered to donate their lungs to a British man who is the country’s most seriously ill Covid-19 patient.
  • (international updates above all from the Guardian daily news feed and summary)

A reminder that we will now be providing our summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis (on Tuesdays) rather than daily. You can read our first weekly summary of local, national and international statistics in next Tuesday’s update.


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