Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Wednesday 15th 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 123 members of the group, with every street represented.


Yesterday was another strange day in the Village as we learn to live under lockdown. It is getting tougher. There is only so much gardening that can be done! There is a huge temptation to get out and do more. There were reports nationally of the police having to block the entrance to a B&Q car park as 400 cars turned up to collect DIY items ordered online. Each of these people had decided that their journey was essential, but collectively it caused a serious risk.

Nevertheless, in Northamptonshire most people are taking the Government rules seriously. Over the bank holiday Police issued less than a dozen penalty notices.

Unfortunately, there were disagreements in the Village group yesterday about what is permissible under lock down. It is very hard to balance the desire to help the community with the need to stay locked down to prevent any risk of the virus spreading.

The disagreements were sufficiently uncomfortable that some people left the group. I have provided them all with links to the daily briefing and the newsletter to help them stay in touch with the key information.

Some people have left the group because the social interactions are not for them. Again this isn't a problem, there are many ways of receiving the key information. This newsletter is one of them.

However things sometimes appear, this emergency is not the Adrian Dale show, I just happen to be the person on point dealing with things minute to minute. I am balancing many priorities, tracking several vulnerable households and cutting the grass! All suggestions for how we can improve our response to the crisis are gratefully received.


  • UK reported hospital deaths from Covid-19 went up by 778 to 12,107. This is a slight increase in the daily total but well below the peak on 10th April. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a huge jump in the number of daily positive tests. This may reflect increased testing rather than an actual increase in cases.
  • There were 33 new Covid-19 admissions to Northampton and Kettering General hospitals reported on Tuesday, this is a slight increase of 6 cases on the previous day.

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


  • Northamptonshire County Council has opened it temporary mortuary in Wollaston. It has a capacity of 1,100. It will be available for use by the two hospitals and the county's funeral directors in the event that there is a spike in cases and then deaths.

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

Advice on breathing with Covid-19 Symptoms
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 I’ll find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

When eggs went short, perhaps it was just the hens exercising their right to roam. . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.