Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Tuesday 21st 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.


I heard yesterday that a second wave of NHS Isolation letters has gone out. Some are to the same people that received them previously. The have been asked to self-isolate for another 12 weeks. Others are going to individuals that have been newly identified as at risk. Please let us know if you receive one of these letters.

Yesterday was another busy day on the forum with swaps galore going on. I had a full van for both the morning and afternoon runs between the settlements. It is really good to see such strong links being made.

Although items are being offered for free, recipients are making suitable donations to the Parish Council for use in projects at a later date. We are using a PayPal link from the Parish Council which was used to collect donations for the Cross of Sorrow restoration project Simply make a note in the comments field that this is a donation into the Emergency Fund.

David Hackett, responded to my plea for photographs with an amazing stash. Over 100 photographs were collected for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1997. David has them and has begun the job of digitising them from the negatives.

I will start work building a long term electronic archive to make these available in perpetuity.

Meanwhile, there is litter to pick and a dog to walk! Have a great day folks!


  • UK reported hospital deaths from Covid-19 went up by 449 to 16,509. There was no correct to the previous day's figures which is excellent news. On the face of it, the death rate has halved in the last 10 days. This is good news. However, the number of new infections is still running at over 4,000 a day. Our infection and death rate are now tracking Italy almost exactly. Both countries no longer have exponential growth and if the trends continue, the epidemic has now passed its peak.

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 continues 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 further evidence of a downward trend.

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

Photos of Church Easter Gardens

St Johns St Marys

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 . . .

Guilty as charged for visiting someone else's property . . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.