Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Sunday 19th 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 126 members of the group, with every street represented. One additional resident joined yesterday.


It was a very busy day on the group indeed yesterday. More fascinating history emerged, with photos of the centre of the Village and of St Johns Cottages and Hall Farm in Water Lane. I am collating all of these photos and will be getting hi-resolution scans with the permission of the owners. They will then go into a Village electronic library.

Janellan also discovered that Nigel Baxter, her next door neighbour, had been taught by her Grandfather, and so had Michelle Abbott's Dad. It's a small world indeed!

The motoring enthusiasts were out in force again. It was fascinating hearing that Melvyn and Rosemary were motorcyclists in their younger days and that they had a drag racing team in the 1970s. Pete Rawlins seems to have taken up the baton of being the local drag artist - actually I'm probably mixing up different pastimes there. Although Pete did offer to pose for a Village calendar shielded only by a small turnip!

I managed to complete the puzzle library development yesterday. The link is below. If anyone has any puzzles to contribute to the library, let me have a photograph. If anyone is interested in doing one of the puzzles, let me know and I'll deliver it to you.

My litter round was noticeably quicker yesterday, not because of less litter though. I was being dragged round by a very eager 50kg German Shepherd dog!


  • UK reported hospital deaths from Covid-19 went up by 888 to 15,464. This is another increase in the daily total and we are now worse than the Italian outbreak at the same point. It is very hard to see how we will avoid reaching a figure of well over 20,000 in the next week.

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 again reported corrections to previous days and are at least a day behind the National figures. Nevertheless, there is some evidence of a downward trend.

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Sunday Service (10am)

Parish History
Puzzle Library

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 we use graphs to try to understand the course of the pandemic . . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.