Friday 3rd July

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Tomorrow, 4th July, a range of government guidance changes. However, while there are significant changes, not everything is changing.

Read on for our full statement, which includes links to new and continuing guidance:

ON THE 4TH JULY, A RANGE OF GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE CHANGES:

  • Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen, “providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines”.
  • Two households “will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures”
  • People will be able to holiday in England as accommodation sites reopen
  • “Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.”
  • “Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.” Mitigations include masks and other PPE (these points are taken from the announcement of new guidance)
  • People are being asked to provide “their names and phone numbers to the venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday” to assist NHS Track and Trace.
  • Detailed “Restart Guidance” is available on The British Chambers of Commerce website. Locally, the Stroud Chamber of Commerce has a “Welcome back to Stroud toolkit” and other resources on their website (for example).

HOWEVER, WHILE THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, NOT EVERYTHING IS CHANGING.

Government guidance is influenced by scientific advice, but there is debate about the timing of reopening and whether mitigation and Track and Trace measures are sufficient among scientists – such as the Independent SAGE group. We will continue to share Government guidance for information, and authoritative scientific comment which people may also want to take into account when deciding whether to engage in certain activities.

WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THE WAY OUR COMMUNITY HAS RESPONDED TO THIS PANDEMIC.

This is an enormously challenging time but the vast majority of people are thinking of others and doing what they can with the information they have available to protect each other. A huge number of people have been involved in local mutual aid, community response groups, and neighbour networks (find your local group via our website)

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR STORIES OF HOW PEOPLE BUSINESS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS ARE ADAPTING.

We invite members of our Facebook group to share what their local businesses and other organisations are doing to help protect us, particularly those of us most at risk from the virus. If you’re not on Facebook, please email us via: stroudcommunitycoronaresponse@gmail.com

WE RECOGNISE THAT MOMENTS OF CHANGE IN LOCKDOWN MEASURES CAN BE STRESSFUL AND BRING OUT DIFFERENCES OF OPINION WITHIN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

We wish to facilitate healthy debate – we encourage people to share their thoughts, ask questions, and help each other to identify useful information. Please follow our guidelines to help make our Facebook group a welcoming, friendly, and respectful space.

🌈Let’s continue to support each other.❤️


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.


Sunday 24th May 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 the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response Facebook group

Summary of key local, national and international news

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

  • Column by leader of Stroud District Council, Doina Cornell.  As well as the toll on our mental and physical health, Coronavirus is impacting massively on our livelihoods too. In the coming months Stroud District Council will work closely on the economic recovery with our partners at the County Council, Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as all our towns, villages and communities. In the meantime, there is support for local businesses, through a new Discretionary Business Grants Scheme that will allocate grants for some of those businesses who were not eligible in the last round of government support. www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18471770.leaders-column-eligible-businesses-apply-grants
  • Conservative MPs are among those calling for Dominic Cummings, adviser to the UK prime minister Boris Johnson, to resign. Cummings is under fire from all ends of the political spectrum after the Guardian reported claims he breached government lockdown guidance on more than one occasion.  Boris Johnson says Dominic Cummings acted ‘responsibly, legally and with integrity’
  • Eid al-Fitr celebrations are underway across the world but there are concerns that a surge in Covid-19 cases could result. Festivities have been constrained in many places as a result of the pandemic.
  • Russia has reported its highest daily Covid-19 death toll. The country recorded 153 coronavirus deaths over most recent 24-hour period measured, its highest daily toll during the pandemic, raising total fatalities to 3,541.
  • Sweden has run the least-restrictive lockdown of any developed country but that strategy is coming under fire. Anneka Linde, the predecessor of the country’s state epidemiologist, has told the Observer that tougher measures should have been put in place earlier in the pandemic.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus case in Afghanistan has topped 10,000, while the Taliban has announced a ceasefire over Eid. Concerns are high as, despite the government-mandated lockdown, people continue to break the regulations.
  • Potential vaccine hope: First indications of the effectiveness of a potential vaccine against coronavirus may be available in the autumn. That is according to the head of the GAVI vaccine alliance, Seth Berkley, who cautioned in a Swiss newspaper that it would be a long road from there to broad availability.

(All from the Guardian)

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 a flag REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION


Friday May 15th, 2020

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

Summary of key local, national and international news

  • Our local mobile Coronavirus testing unit, at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, in Longlevens, will remain in place for a further week.
  • Transmission rates remain close to the levels that could cause the epidemic in the UK to start to grow again, according to the government’s latest estimates, raising questions about the extent to which restrictions can be safely eased in the coming weeks.The latest official estimate places the national R value – the rate at which people are passing on infections to others – at between 0.7 and 1.
  • Dozens of people in the UK were wrongly charged by police under new coronavirus laws, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says. All 44 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act since it was introduced on 27 March were incorrect.
  • European countries face a deadly second wave of infections in the winter, according to Dr Hans Kluge, the director for the WHO European region. Dr Kluge said countries should use the current period to build capacity in hospitals and strengthen public health systems. (Daily Telegraph).
  • Denmark reports zero deaths on Friday – the first time it has seen none in a 24-hour period since 13 March.
  • Italy reported 242 more fatalities, bringing the number of people who have died there to 31,610. Restaurants, bars, hairdressers and beauty salons are due to reopen on Monday, while the ban on inter-regional travel might be lifted from 3 June.
  • Brazil’s health minister, Nelson Teich, has handed in his resignation after less than a month on the job. Brazil has now surpassed Germany and France in terms of infections and had more than 200,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday.
  • (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.

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 a flag REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION


Tuesday 5th May 2020

Today’s update includes:

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

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates:

  • Five more people with Covid-19 have sadly died in Gloucestershire, bringing the county’s total to 199. Of those who have died, 171 were being treated at Gloucestershire Hospitals while 28 were being cared for through Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. (Gloucestershire Live)
  • As of Tuesday night, the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire remains at 1,243 (no change in the reported figure from Monday afternoon).
  • The Foundation Trust also posted photos on twitter of illuminations at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife.

National news:

  • “As of 9am 5 May, there have been 1,383,842 tests, with 84,806 tests on 4 May. 1,015,138 people have been tested of which 194,990 tested positive. As of 5pm on 4 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 29,427 have sadly died. (Department of Health and Social Care pinned tweet)
  • In the last 24 hour period 403 more people have died in hospitals or care homes, and there were 4,406 more confirmed cases.
  • Please do download this app to help track cases in your community. https://covid.joinzoe.com/ 

International developments:

  • Confirmed cases of the virus have passed 3.6 million (3,640,835), and the number of confirmed deaths has surpassed 250,000 (255,096). 
  • There are nine countries, including the UK, with over 100,000 confirmed cases, and a further sixteen with over 20,000 confirmed cases and a further fourteen with over 10,000 confirmed cases.
  • The UK is now the country where the second highest number of people have died (29,502), having just overtaken Italy (29,315), with the USA (70,272) having the most people who have died (via Johns Hopkins University tracker)

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 a flag REQUEST / OFFER / UPDATE / QUESTION


Monday 20th April 2020

Today’s update includes:

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

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates:

“It’s important that people do not delay seeking help with serious time critical conditions, as this could result in poorer outcomes for their health further down the road. People should continue to call 999 and attend the A&E Departments if they believe their health is at risk, for example if they or a loved one see the signs of stroke, severe chest pain or worsening asthma.”

National news:

“Everyone is keen to move to a sustainable supply of gowns as soon as possible but NHS trusts need certainty. Given the current uncertainties over gown manufacture and supply, due to global shortages, we suggest that any future announcements on what gowns might be available for delivery, when, just focus on what we can be certain of.”

International developments:

  • There are now over 2.4 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally (2,447,920). There are over 750,000 – three-quarters of a million – confirmed cases in the USA alone (776,513).
  • Over 160,000 people have died after testing positive in the 185 countries/regions where it is present (168,500).
  • Over 640,000 people have recovered after testing positive (643,918)
  • There are now 27 countries with over 10,000 confirmed cases (two more since yesterday), 16 countries with over 20,000 confirmed cases (same as yesterday), and seven countries where over 5,000 people have died after testing positive for the virus (same as yesterday, above all from Johns Hopkins University tracker).
  • Some European countries have today entered a new stage in re-opening some shops and public services (below all from this Guardian article) 
  • Germany: bookshops, florists, fashion stores, bike and car outlets and other shops smaller than 800 sq m were permitted to reopen today. Angela Merkel, however, warned of a possible second wave of coronavirus infection if lockdown measures were abandoned too rapidly.
  • Czech Republic: a “five-stage plan” started today with open-air markets and workshops; Czechs may now also travel abroad providing they undergo two-week quarantine on return.
  • Norway: kindergartens and some health specialists re-opened today (following Denmark last week), and high schools and universities, hair, massage and beauty salons are “planned to partially reopen from next Monday”. 
  • Italy: shops have reopened in some regions and full lockdown is set to end on 4th May.
  • Spain: some factory and construction workers are back at work but most shops and services remain closed, and office staff are still working from home. Lockdown there is set to be extended until 3rd May.

Notes

Please remember we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

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


Thursday 16th April 2020

TODAY’S UPDATE INCLUDES

  • Major Milestones and announcements
  • Updates, Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and local community
  • Items from local news outlets
  • Key national and global points

MAJOR MILESTONES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The spread of coronavirus in Gloucestershire appears to be worse that anywhere else in the south-west region, with 737 confirmed cases (compared to 396 in South Gloucestershire, the next highest), and 113 deaths. (These figures are not adjusted for total population size, however.)
  • The lockdown restrictions in the UK will be extended for a further 3 weeks until 7 May at least, and probably into June, the acting prime minister Dominic Raab announced
  • The number of cases in Europe is nearing a million.

UPDATES FROM THE STROUD CORONAVIRUS COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

  • The Leader of Stroud District Council, Doina Cornell, and public health expert Professor David McCall chaired a Zoom call with Stroud district residents to answer questions about Stroud and the coronavirus.
  • Amplify Stroud shared their post analysing the recent political discussions about the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to medical and care staff in the UK.
  • Paul Eagles shared a post from Stroud District Council asking people to be a good neighbour and refrain from making bonfires during this time when many people are suffering with breathing difficulties
  • Kathryn Danks shared that Stroud Choral Youth Choir were set a challenge to learn the song ‘I’ll be there’ with lyrics adapted for them during lockdown. Around half of the members took part and sent in their recordings.
  • The Stroud Town Clerk shared that the Alzheimer’s Society is providing up-to-date support for anyone affected by dementia. During the outbreak, their Dementia Connect support line will remain open every day. If you or anyone you know needs advice or support, please call the Alzheimer’s Society on 0333 150 3456 or visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk.

ITEMS FROM LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS:

  • Gloucestershire now has 737 confirmed cases of Coronavirus Gloucestershire Live
    • It is important to say that these are confirmed cases only, and that since testing has been suspended for all cases but those needing hospitalisation, we do not have an accurate number for the actual number of cases in the community.
  • Children are invited to contribute hand prints for Nailsworth pharmacy rainbow window SNJ

NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE PAPERS

  • The number of deaths in the UK – of those hospitalised and who have tested positive for coronavirus – has now reached 13,729. This is an increase of 861 from yesterday. (BBC figures, Department of Health and Social Care tweet)).
  • UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the country’s lockdown will continue for at least three more weeks. “Now is not the moment to give the coronavirus a second chance,” he said (BBC)
  • The UK government says it now has the capacity to carry out 35,000 coronavirus tests a day. The Health Secretary set a target of reaching 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month but halfway through April, the actual number being carried out was just over 15,500 a day. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the council chair at the BMA, said: “People need to know where and how they can be tested. The government must also ensure that it is accessible to all, including those in remote areas, those without cars and people with mobility issues. The government and NHS England must put greater effort into communicating how healthcare workers can take up this offer, so that dedicated staff can get back to work and save lives.”
  • Professor Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical officer, stressed the “NHS is open for business”. It is clear he is concerned people facing a medical emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or a flare-up of asthma are staying out of hospital during the crisis. Visits to A&E have nearly halved since the outbreak BBC report.
  • The rate of infection in the community, known as “R”, is now likely to be below 1 (meaning on average each infected person passes the virus to fewer than one other person) – but it may be higher within certain settings such as care homes.
  • The government is conducting a review of whether people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are disproportionately affected by coronavirus, but it is not yet certain that this is the case (though more than a third of patients critically ill in hospital with the virus are from these backgrounds, research suggests).

GLOBAL NEWS

  • The Japanese government has declared a nationwide state of emergency until 6 May, while the IMF has warned that the economic impact of the coronavirus on Asia will be “severe, across the board, and unprecedented.” Economies in Asia will see zero growth this year for the first time in 60 years, and it warned that the global economy will face the “worst recession since the Great Depression” (BBC report).
  • Brazil’s health minister Luiz Mandetta has been sacked after a period of disagreement with president Bolsonaro over the country’s coronavirus response.
  • Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, has said that Italy is owed an apology for a slow response from other European nations. “Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand at the very beginning… It is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology.”

NOTES

Please remember that we have a growing list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this update via 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 manage the volume of information. Please continue to submit posts to admins for this purpose.Apologies if we missed anything – please submit again or post in the comments below.


Saturday, 11th April, 2020

Today’s update includes:
  • Grim milestones as UK – and Gloucestershire – see highest number of people die in 24-hour period
  • Updates, Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond
  • Summary of local news
Key national/international points

UK figure is now 78,991 cases with 9,875 deaths and 5234 new cases.

  • England – 62,658
  • Scotland – 5,590
  • Wales – 4,930
  • NI – 1,717
Updates from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and the local community
  • It’s one month since we launched this group publicly (one month and one day since March 10th, we didn’t manage to post this yesterday). We now have 4,100 members – and there have been over 16,000 posts, comments and reactions in the last 4 weeks! Thanks to everyone for participating and helping us build our website of resources at neighbournetworks.uk
  • Potentially useful to keep paper-buying family members from leaving the house to do so. Also a great service for blind people and others of us with visual impairments. www.facebook.com/5valleysounds
  • Stroud lockdown listening… a Good on Paper guide to radio stations, broadcasts, YouTube channels, Zoom parties and more coming out of the five valleys … www.goodonpaper.info/…/4/…/stroud-lockdown-listening
  • On Wednesday 15th there is a public zoom online meeting with the Leader of the council and a professor of global public health. If you’d like to join in facebook.com/events/s/stroud-and-district-zoom-call-/3145568755462168/
  • Proud to Care Gloucestershire “have developed a fast track recruitment programme to help care providers fill a number of flexible, temporary and permanent paid roles. Proud to Care are conducting virtual interviews and will support you in your new role using a nationally accredited virtual induction
  • Do you have experience of Arizona flatbed printers or Zund cutting tables? We’re in need of volunteer operators to help us support our county health services. We’re running a not for profit community project to make and supply visors to Gloucestershire NHS. They’ve asked us to produce 42,000+ units over the next 6-8 weeks. Although we’ve got plenty of community support for assembly, we don’t have many machine operators which is limiting the speed we can get the visors to our hospitals, doctors and community teams.” (see the link to get in touch with Adam Soble if you can help)
Local news from the papers:
  • The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Gloucestershire has risen to 496 – an increase of 67 people – in the last 24 hours with four more people dying taking the total number of deaths in Gloucestershire to 73.” (Gloucestershire Live)
  • A message on the Cotswold tourism website reads: “While the Cotswolds normally warmly welcomes visitors, unfortunately these are far from normal times. Sadly we must ask would-be visitors to stay away from the Cotswolds for the foreseeable future and instead ask you to play your part in limiting and slowing the spread of the virus. The Cotswolds will still be here, waiting to welcome you. Stay safe and stay at home.”
National:
  • The UK has recorded 917 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total number of people who have died in hospital with the virus to 9,875.For the second day in a row, the UK’s daily death toll exceeded 900. On Friday there were a record 980 deaths (BBC website)
  • The latest deaths include an 11-year-old and a 102-year-old, both in England. The Government has also announced that 19 NHS workers have died so far – although four more fatalities have since been reported by hospitals. Two hospital porters have also died from the virus (the Telegraph) 20101 people are in hospital with the cornoavirus
  • In Scotland 47 more deaths were reported on Saturday, while 36 were reported in Wales and 15 in Northern Ireland.
  • UK government pledges £2m to domestic abuse charities after charities worldwide reported an increase in domestic abuse during coronavirus lockdown. The government also launched a national communications campaign to signpost help. (The Guardian)
  • Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has ignited another row with unions over personal protective equipment (PPE) after he suggested that doctors and nurses might be wasting the equipment by using too much of it.
  • The BBC drama Holby City has donated its on-set ventilators to the NHS Nightingale Hospital.
  • Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, has been urged to quit after his claim a Herefordshire mansion was his family home has been dismissed as “codswallop” by his neighbours.
  • Seaside resorts risk becoming permanent “ghost towns” as their economies are hit by reduced visitor numbers during the coronavirus pandemic, councils have warned.(the Telegraph)

Global Summary:

  • There are more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in 185 countries and at least 103,000 people have died.
  • Just under half of all the confirmed cases have been in Europe, with Spain and Italy worst affected. However, the United States now has more than twice as many confirmed cases as any other single country.
  • New York victims buried in mass graves. Unclaimed victims of coronavirus are being buried in unmarked mass graves on Hart Island in New York, officials in the state have confirmed. The site has been used as a burial ground for unclaimed bodies, and in those cases where the families could not afford a private burial, for more than 150 years.
  • NYC schools to remain closed for the rest of the year. Public schools in New York will remain closed for the rest of the year, mayor Bill de Blasio has said. However, state governor Andrew Cuomo said a decision on the reopening of schools across the state had not been reached.
  • China cracking down on Covid-19 research. China is clamping down on academic papers examining the origins of coronavirus, documents published online by Chinese universities appear to show. Pages referencing a new policy, which requires academic papers written on Covid-19 to undergo extra vetting before publication, have been recently published and then removed on two Chinese university websites.
  • Iran reopens some government offices after a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The majority of government agencies and all non-essential businesses had been ordered to close for a week after the end of Nowruz holiday on 4 April.

Please remember that we have a (growing) list of resources to support your emotional and mental health during this time on our website.

A Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Ramadan to all our readers, and thanks to everyone who contributed to this Daily Update.

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Sunday, 5th April, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

Local updates

National:

  • The total number of confirmed deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in hospitals in England has risen to 4,494, NHS England said, up by 555 on the previous day’s update.
  • The patients were aged between 33 years and 103 years old, with 29 of the 555, aged between 35 and 95 years old, having no known underlying health condition.
  • NHS England gave the breakdown by region of the 555 deaths of patients with Covid-19 as:

– East of England 40– London 174– Midlands 74– North East & Yorkshire 103– North West 47– South East 81– South West 36

  • A total of 4,934 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the whole of the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, the Department of Health said, up by 621 from 4,313 the day before.
  • www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/further-555-deaths-coronavirus-england-4021983
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells UK it is “mission critical” that people follow the government’s rules. Those flouting distancing guidance are told: “You are risking your own life and the lives of others.”
  • The number of new people tested daily in the UK for coronavirus returned to above 10,000, according to Department of Health figures. A total of 12,334 new people were reported as being tested in the 24 hours up until 9am today.
  • Health secretary Matt Hancock said he could not provide an exact figure on how many more ventilators the NHS could have in place over the next week in the daily press conference but earlier this morning he told Andrew Marr that “there should be another 1,500” in a week’s time.
  • The Queen will thank NHS staff and key workers later today in a rare televised address
  • Nearly 400 home care groups ‘have no protection’ Of 481 providers, 381 – 80% – said they did not have enough PPE to be able to support older and vulnerable people. www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52174520

Global:

Summary

  • Worldwide cases pass 1.2m, at least 65,000 people have died and 252,000 recovered
  • Spain sees another decline in daily deaths, with 674 reported on Sunday, a fall of 135 from Saturday. Italy also sees a decrease
  • Singapore sees its highest daily jump in cases; government quarantines large numbers of foreign workers
  • President Trump warns Americans to prepare for “the toughest week” with “a lot of death, unfortunately”. The US has more than 312,000 confirmed cases, the highest of any country

(BBC website)

  • Ethiopia and Barbados have reported their first coronavirus deaths.(the Guardian summary)
  • Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is looking for tens of thousands of others who attended a religious event in Lahore in March despite the pandemic.
  • Sweden prepares to take ‘extraordinary steps’
  • The government is drawing up legislation to allow it to take “extraordinary steps” to tackle Covid-19, following concern that its relatively soft approach may be resulting in a higher death rate than in other Nordic countries. On Sunday Sweden reported a total of 401 deaths – an 8% increase from Saturday. Sweden’s toll per million inhabitants is 37, compared with 28 in Denmark, 12 in Norway and 4.5 in Finland. www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/coronavirus-latest-at-a-glance-5-april

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Saturday, 4th April, 2020

Today’s update includes:

  • Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond
  • Summary of local news
  • Key national/international points

Requests and Offers from the Stroud Coronavirus Community Response team and beyond

  • 9PM LIGHT UP THE VALLEYS – Lean On Me.

We’re supporting another #LightUpOurValleys (and Vale) event… today at 9pm we’ll shine our lights out windows, doors, balconies and sing! Our poll was clear – Bill Withers’s song Lean on Me is the one we’ll be singing! Looking forward to hearing everyone

Local updates

National:

  1. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  2. If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  3. Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  4. Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  5. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

NHS England Medical director Powis says UK’s high death rate is likely to continue for next week or two and it is likely that restrictions will need to last at least until late May

Global:

Summary

  • Worldwide cases have passed 1.1 million, and at least 60,000 people have died
  • Spain reports another 809 deaths, but there are signs its infection rate is slowing
  • Italy is also stabilising
  • US President Trump rejects his own experts’ advice on wearing a face mask
  • New York state sees a record 630 virus deaths in a single day
  • A day of remembrance is held in China to honour those who died of Covid-19
  • The IMF says the pandemic has stalled the global economy, causing a recession worse than 2008
  • (BBC website, summary )
  • The country with the highest number of cases is the US, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. With around 280,000 confirmed cases, it has more than three times the official number recorded in China.
  • Around 3,300 people have died in China – but the US, UK, Italy, Spain and France now have higher death tolls.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51235105