Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Thursday 14th May 2020


The Government again attempted to clarify its lock down rules yesterday. The original announcements sent out completely mixed messages, and frankly the clarifications were as bad.

An international group of scientists wrote to the Times yesterday. They are advocating the mandatory wearing of masks in all enclosed spaces, and in public open spaces where appropriate social distancing is not possible. They are part of the Masks for all group. Their arguments are simple and strong and I have reproduced two of their charts below.

Unlike the Government's messages, this message is very simple:

Spreading Covid-19 is not right!
If we all wear masks all of the time, then we all protect each other.

Mine are arriving today.

Masks for all:

The evidence showing how masks and testing are successful.
(Click on picture to enlarge)
Why masks for all, saves lives and jobs.


None that we know of.


494 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 33,186 across the UK. The number of new lab confirmed cases was still over 3,200. There was indeed a jump on Tuesday as expected.


In Northamptonshire another 14 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days.

2 new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday. But notice the big jump in Bedford!

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 531 309.4 31
Kettering 188 185.6 7
Northampton 392 174.1 0
East Northamptonshire 156 166.1 2
Wellingborough 120 151.0 2
Corby 102 144.0 4

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

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

And finally . . .

The Nations of the UK can't quite agree on the message ...

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives