Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Requests, Offers and Updates 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

More about the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response group

  • We’d really like more moderators and admins for our Facebook group and website. Current moderators can help you understand your role and support you in working with the technology. Please get in touch: stroudcommunitycoronaresponse@gmail.com.
  • We now have 4,329 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

We are now providing our main summary of local, national and international statistical data on a weekly basis rather than daily.

Local

National

  • A report in the Health Service Journal claims that third-party submissions were left out of the government-commissioned report on the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people. The report alleges the government removed a section detailing responses from third parties, many of whom highlighted structural racism. Public Health England said it had engaged with more than 1,000 people during its inquiry. But the report, which has been criticised for failing to investigate the reasons for the disparities or make recommendations on how to address them, did not mention the consultations. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said it had contacted PHE to ask why its evidence was not included. “The MCB is seeking further clarification from PHE as to why the report removed the submission from the MCB and others.” (via The Guardian).
  • Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed plans to force arrivals to the UK to isolate for 14 days. She said leaving isolation prematurely in England could result in a fine of up to £1,000. (BBC)
  • The chair of the House of Commons health committee, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised the government for failing to release test and trace data. Hunt told the test and trace programme’s chief, Dido Harding, “…it is very hard to scrutinise what the government is doing if we’re not given the data that allows us to do that.” (via The Guardian)
  • We posted a summary of a data report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on “Coronavirus and the latest indicators for the UK economy and society“. Headlines include: a fall in the proportion of people in Great Britain staying at home (other than leaving for work, exercise, essential shopping or medical need) from 81% (14-17 May) to 73% (21-24 May), and a fall in new declarations and new claims for Universal Credit. 24% of businesses who have currently paused trading expect to start trading again in the next 4 weeks, compared with 31% who expect to start trading in more than 4 weeks’ time.

International

  • Germany will continue to warn against non-essential travel to the UK while it maintains its 14-day quarantine rules, despite removing curbs for travel to the rest of Europe.
  • Entry checks at land borders to Austria introduced because of the pandemic will be scrapped from Thursday, except for those at the border with Italy, Austria’s foreign minister has announced.

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 the appropriate flag: one of REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION / COMMENTARY.