Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Saturday 18th 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 125 members of the group, with every street represented. Two additional residents joined yesterday.


I am now running a morning and afternoon delivery run in the Postman Pat van round the whole Village. Yesterday I delivered more bags of kindling, a load of turf and did several swaps of board games.

The history theme of the recent podcasts started residents rummaging through photo albums for pictures of Village through its history. I'll be buidling a library of these photos and adding them to those Mark already has.

We also had extensive car themed discussions. I had no idea that there were so many car enthusiasts in the Village!

Our history discussions prompted Ray Dyer to dig out a cycling medal he had found in a hedge at the Village Hall. The medal dates from 1904 and he has drawn a blank on its history. Do any of our cycling enthusiasts have any further information?

Front of medal Back of medal

And finally, the sharp eyed in Water Lane will have seen the delivery of one huge dog to number 21. Jonny had to go back to his base from London for the day and took the opportunity to liberate Dexter from the place he'd been staying since the beginning of the emergency. At least yesterday it wasn't raining and we were able to do the hand over outdoors in dry and warm weather. Taking him for the first walk in the rain won't be fun!


  • UK reported hospital deaths from Covid-19 went up by 847 to 14,576. This is another increase in the daily total. Although the numbers of daily deaths are plateauing, we are again back to tracking the Italian outbreak. It is very hard to see how we will avoid reaching a figure of well over 20,000 in the next week.The number of new positive tests yesterday was significantly higher than the previous day. It is not clear whether this reflects additional infections being admitted to hospital or more testing in the community.

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


The Government is now publishing date in a much better format, allowing us to look at the numbers of new cases reported in Northamptonshire each day. Reporting across Northamptonshire seems be a problem. The figures yesterday reported corrections to previous days and are at least a day behind the National figures.

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

Ken Allan's Memories
Horace Eady's Memories
Book of Governors

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 Ill find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

As the Government talks about face masks becoming part of normal life . . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.