Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Sunday 24th May 2020


Politics is once more getting in the way of moving us forward. All of the attention in the Sunday papers seems to be on the behaviour of Dominic Cummings. The papers and opposition parties are clearly seeking his dismissal. I am not clear how this will help the fight we all face as a nation.

The biggest challenge we now face isn't that the virus will run away with us, it is under control in most parts of the country. The big problem is how we resume life in the face of the ongoing threat. There is currently no cure and no vaccine. Lots of hopeful studies are underway but I wouldn't hold your breath. Billions have been spent on research into cures and vaccines for the common cold. So far there has been no success. HIV burst into the world in 1984 and it has taken 26 years to find even the first vaccine that might be useful.

The reality is that we are going to have to modify the way in which we live our lives. We are all going to have to learn to live with, and manage, risks. Currently, around 1 in 400 people across the UK is carrying the virus. Your personal risk of meeting one of these and becoming infected is low, but real enough to think very seriously about.

The more you travel, the more you are in crowded places, the greater your risk. If you wear a mask and practice excellent hygiene technqiues, the lower your risk. If you are healthy,your risk of suffering a serious illness is lower. If you are overweight, then your risk of being very ill are much higher.

Staying at home forever is not an option for most people, and is not healthy for anyone. Ask many of our elderly how they are coping staring at the same four walls and TV screen.

We will all face difficult personal risk management decisions in the coming weeks. We have a 97 year old relative, still living in their own home but all alone. Yes their shopping and medication is being delivered and we speak twice a day. But as she says, this is no way to end your life, shut away from the world. They need more help now but don't want to go into a home. We need to consider home help, but obviously this comes with a risk of bringing the virus into their home. We are going to be having that difficult conversation today. Ultimately, it will be their choice of course, but I can no longer guarantee their safety.


None that we know of.


282 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 36,675 across the UK. The number of new lab confirmed cases dropped to 2,959.


In Northamptonshire another 14 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. The total number of cases is now 1,387. This is more promising than earlier in the week.

3 new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday. Bedford and Central Bedfordshire are a regional hotspot. So please take care if you need to work or shop there.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 610 355.4 7
Kettering 222 219.2 3
Northampton 464 206.1 4
Wellingborough 146 183.7 1
East Northamptonshire 181 182.7 3
Corby 119 168.0 2

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
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Parish History
Puzzle Library
Making masks from socks
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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

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