Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Tuesday 7th April 2020

Here are the key stories for the day, with thanks to our WhatsApp group who keep these coming in all day there are now 128 members of the group, with every street represented. 90 people get this bulletin by Email.


Yesterday's newsletter was prepared on time but delivered late. Google has decided that I am a spammer and has blocked all emails going from one of my accounts. I had to spend over 2 hours, attempting to email in very small batches from other accounts. I am therefore preparing the newsletter first on the web so that it is always in the same place if the emails don't get through. The link to the daily newsletter is in the table below. If you mark this in your browser as a favourite, then you can always access the latest version

I am now missing just 21 households from our check list, with another 11 checking in yesterday. If more check in today, I will obviously be delighted but I shalln't be chasing any further. There is more than enough work already, supporting existing households in isolation.

Yesterday,the first Government food parcels arrived unexpectedly in the Village. These were delivered to the households that registered immediately with the Vulnerable Persons Service, as soon as they received their NHS Isolation Letters. Some, but not all of these households have also now been allocated priority slots for home delivered by their preferred supermarket. We do have a volunteers looking out for all of the medically isolating households that we know about, but it is obviously better if regular supplies can be delivered directly. We have had a case where one of the volunteers has subsequently needed to go into isolation, then unable to continue in their role. Fortunately, another kind resident has stepped in.

Stay safe folks and try to maintain your own morale and that in your family.


  • Boris Johnson has now been admitted to intensive care as a precaution.
  • UK deaths from Covid-19 grew by 439 to 5,373. This was another improvement over previous days but as we know there are day to day fluctuations
  • There are 428 confirmed cases in Northamptonshire an increase of 85 cases since yesterday. Northamptonshire is still in the highest 20% of local authorities.

This chart has aligned the epidemics from 4 countries with different approaches to the crisis.


  • The only commodity which is proving difficult to get deliveries of is fresh milk. Milk and More are the local supplier but they are no longer accepting new customers. I spoke with the driver last week, and he is now making over 200 deliveries a day. There is simply no more capacity.
  • For newspaper customers, Brook Street News will deliver milk and a limited range of items from their Mace store.

Daily links (all verified):

Daily audio briefing
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

Missing Households (21)
Letter to Missing Households
Vulnerable Household registration
Northamptonshire County Council Support Line Call 0300 126 1000 and select Option 5 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)
Longhurst Housing Association Support Line Call 0300 123 1745
Village support line Call 07850 570007 in the first instance and Ill find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

With stories of toilet rolls still being rationed, one smoker decided to improvise . . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.