Monday 1st June 2020

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 our Facebook group

Summary of key local, national and international news

We are now providing our main summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis rather than daily. We sadly were unable to do this last week but will be providing a roundup of statistics tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd June.




  • WHO warns of second wave: “There’s a certain predictability of this virus, but any time you become complacent and think you know, it will surprise you. And this virus has an opportunity, it will take an advantage, every advantage that it can to resurge, to transmit. We all want this to be over, but we have a long way to go. We’re at the beginning of this and we must continue to really stay strong.” Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 Technical Lead
  • You can watch today’s live WHO press conference
  • South Africa: “Teachers and learners were expected to return to school on Monday but the authorities have pushed back the resumption to next week.” Meanwhile, at least “eight million people are estimated to have gone back to work on Monday as most sectors of the economy have resumed operations.” And “Long queues have formed outside shops selling alcohol in South Africa after restrictions on its sale.. were lifted”, two months after being imposed as part of measures to fight Covid-19. The country has reported around 32,000 cases of coronavirus, and 683 people have died. (BBC News)
  • Brazil “is Latin America’s hotspot for the deadly pandemic, with more than 500,000 cases and a death toll of nearly 28,000, the world’s fourth-highest after the United States, Britain and Italy… Bolsonaro, often described as the “Trump of the Tropics”, got help from the real Donald Trump on Sunday in the form of 2 million doses of the antimalarial medicine hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to fight Covid-19. [As we reported above], “there is currently no evidence showing that HCQ can be used either to treat or prevent the novel coronavirus – and there are fears that it may worsen patient outcomes.” (France24)
  • Wuhan, the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus pandemic began in late 2019, reported no new asymptomatic cases for the first time on Sunday, Chinese health officials said. The municipal health commission said that 60,000 nucleic tests were carried out on Sunday and that there were no new confirmed or suspected cases. Chinese state media outlet Xinhua said this showed the Chinese strategy of mass testing has yielded positive results.” (The Telegraph)
  • Fears that Iran is in the grip of a second wave of coronavirus have been reinforced, with the health ministry saying 3,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours – the highest figure for two months.” (The Guardian)
  • “For the first time in two months, Spain has reported no new deaths from coronavirus in its daily update. The country recorded its first death related to coronavirus on 3 March – and a month later, on 2 April, it recorded its highest single increase with 950 deaths in 24 hours. Spain’s emergency health response chief Fernando Simon said that the latest data on those who had died after testing positive for COVID-19 was “very, very encouraging. He added that there had been just 71 new infections in the last 24-hour reporting period.” (Sky News). As we noted yesterday, the lockdown continues in Spain nonetheless
  • According to the Robert Koch Institute, the reproduction number (R) rose to 1.04 in Germany on Sunday, staying above the critical threshold of one for the second day in a row
  • Malaysia “no Covid-19 deaths for the 10th consecutive day, keeping the death toll at 115.” (The Star – Malaysian media)
  • Netherlands: “restaurants, bars, museums, cinemas and theatres were allowed to open their doors from 1000 GMT on Monday, as long as they follow strict social distancing rules to prevent a new rise in infections. They are now allowed to receive a maximum of 30 customers at a time, who all have to make reservations in advance and need to be seated at tables with a minimum distance of 1.5 metres (5 ft) between them. Customers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are supposed to be turned away, while no more than two people from different households are allowed to share a table.” (Reuters)
  • India has loosened its strict nationwide lockdown again today, despite a record number of new coronavirus cases over the weekend. As part of a three-phase plan to kickstart its ailing economy, private businesses can now operate freely – with employees adhering to social distancing – while inter-state travel is permitted for both goods and people… More than 60 per cent of active cases are in just five cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Thane… The number of coronavirus infections is expected to cross 200,000 tomorrow, with India reporting the seventh-highest caseload in the world. And the last 24 hours saw yet another one-day record number of cases, a total of 8,392.” (The Telegraph)


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 / COMMENTARY