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
- Did you know we are making a directory of local businesses? If you are looking for information and support around end of life care, we list local providers in our online directory. You can check it out for a quick route to get the services you need. If you are a local service provider you can add your biz to the directory.
We posted a summary blogpost on the “array of potential treatments for COVID-19” by Dr David J Flavell of Leukaemia Busters, looking at “which are the most likely to work and what this will do for bringing the pandemic under control.” Thanks to James Watson for this link.
- We shared a message from the local NHS emphasising that “The NHS and our partners are here to support your mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as your physical health.” “Worried about your mental health and struggling to cope? Call the Let’s Talk service on 0800 073 2200, www.letstalkglos.nhs.uk or contact your GP.”
- We shared “guidance for key workers and their children on navigating the emotional effects of the Covid-19 pandemic” produced by Psychologists from the British Psychological Society.
- We shared Stroud District and Cirencester Furniture Bank’s request for furniture – they are collecting, safely. Please contact them directly (email@example.com) if you have any unwanted, good condition furniture to pass on. Thanks to Rodborough Community Mutual Aid Network for this tip.
- Wotton Area Mutual Aid are hosting a “Big WAMA online Quiz” on Sunday 24th May. “All you need to do to get involved is click the link onto our GoFundMe page and make a minimum donation of £5. We will then get back in contact with you with the joining instructions. This money will be used to find our ongoing vital community work”.
- James Beecher shared a petition: “Allow mothers to exempt time spent on maternity leave from the average earnings for the self-employment income support scheme” (from the Pregnant Then Screwed organisation).
- James also shared the #NotSafeNoSchool campaign by The Workforce Movement, which argues: “”If the government will not protect us, we will take our own action to protect our families and our communities. On that basis we are parents, educators and carers organising to build a united boycott of any unsafe return to mass education.” On the #NotSafeNoSchool website you can join the campaign, download a campaign guide, and browse individual campaign groups by locality, school/institution, local authority and/or academy trust.
- A reminder that local Photographer Fred Chance described his experience of Covid 19 / the coronavirus. His post is remarkably open and we think will be hugely useful to people wanting to understand what having the virus can be like. We encourage others to submit their stories and experiences of this time – see our “Share your Story” post for full details.
- We now have 4,322 members. We welcomed 27 new members this week. 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 Council’s online council meeting has “been delayed until 19 May and the papers are now on the website. You can tune in live to watch it on Stroud District Council’s YouTube channel.” Find out more in Council Leader Doina Cornell’s weekly article for the Stroud News and Journal.
- “This week health bosses gave their support to plans to temporarily close the A&E department of Cheltenham General Hospital to all 999 and GP emergency admissions. The plans are one of the methods that Gloucestershire Hospitals are using to tackle the Coronavirus crisis in Gloucestershire.” (Gloucestershire Live).
- Campaign group Restore Emergency at Cheltenham General Hospital (REACH) Chairman Michael Ratcliffe has written to the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to congratulate all the local NHS Staff on their handling of the COVID 19 Crisis. REACH have also acknowledged the sound reasoning behind temporary service changes to allow the Trust to as safely as possible restart planned surgery in the County… However, in the letter to the Trust, REACH has called on it to confirm following the Trust’s Board Meeting tomorrow that all the services moved away from Cheltenham will be restored once the Covid-19 crisis is over.”
- “The UK’s daily figure for coronavirus deaths has dropped to 170 – the lowest since the day after lockdown began. The announcement comes a week after the first easing of restrictions in England – and while numbers are typically lower on Sundays, the figure is almost 100 fewer than the 268 reported a week ago. But the overall death toll remains the highest in Europe, and is now 34,636.” (BBC News)
- “A contact tracing system to suppress coronavirus is to be trialled in three health boards from Monday, the Scottish government has said.The software will be tested in NHS Fife, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Highland.”
- “Michael Gove has insisted England’s schools are safe to reopen, but acknowledged that “you can never eliminate risk”. Mr Gove told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the key was to make schools safe with smaller classes and staggered arrivals… Teaching unions, backed by the British Medical Association, have raised concerns about safety.” (BBC News)
- A reminder that the government is now advising the use of face coverings/masks when in enclosed public spaces. We will be sharing more details on how you can make your own or purchase locally-produced masks in the comments and in further posts – please share your ideas or links too!
- The British Medical Association (BMA) Council Chair Chaand Nagpual (CBE) wrote to Kevin Courtney of the National Education Union to back the Education union’s “Five Tests” approach to school reopening.
- “Belgium’s prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, was was met with a silent protest by staff at a hospital in Brussels on Saturday. Doctors and nurses at Saint-Pierre hospital turned their backs as Wilmès arrived in a car. The workers staged the protest to call for increased acknowledgment of their efforts and against a decree to recruit unqualified staff to carry out nursing activities”
- “Italy’s shops, restaurants and hair salons have been preparing to reopen on Monday, as the government further eases the lockdown.”
- “Spain recorded its lowest single-day death toll in two months on Sunday… The prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Saturday that his socialist-led coalition would be seeking a final, month-long extension of the state of emergency underpinning one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe.”
- Greece: “The government is poised to announce that restaurants and other eateries could open on 25 May, a week ahead of schedule.”
- “Lebanon will gradually reopen its economy beginning on Monday following a four-day shutdown imposed after a rise in coronavirus cases threatened a second wave of the outbreak”
- “India has extended a nearly two-month-old lockdown by another two weeks with Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and other key regions still fighting to control the rising curve of coronavirus infections. The health ministry on Sunday reported a record rise of nearly 5,000 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the number of confirmed cases to 90,927, with 2,872 deaths.”
- “Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brazil have surpassed the total in Italy, with the country announcing nearly 15,000 new infections on Saturday. This takes Brazil’s total to more than 230,000, the fourth-largest confirmed caseload after the US, Russia and the UK.”
- “Madagascar has reported the first death of a patient suffering from coronavirus, nearly two months after the virus was first detected in the country.”
- (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