Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Thursday 4th June 2020


I study the Government figures with great interest each day, trying to match policy to reality. It isn't easy! Yesterday's figures seem to have passed without comment, but they were appalling. Normally on Tuesday we see a reduction on the Monday figure as the trend is usually downwards. Of course day to day fluctuations are to be expected, but it appears as if our steady decline has flattened out. Most troubling was the increase in the numbers of infections testing positive yesterday.

Based on the CovidZoe symptom tracker, there are still nearly 163,000 people infected in the UK showing symptoms. The big question, of course, is how many symptomless infections are there? These are the silent killers, and it may be that 75% of people with Covid-19 show no symptoms. This means that 1% or more people are infected across the UK.

This is not an insignificant number. It is something we all need to factor into our movements and behaviours. 1 in every 100 people you meet will be carrying Covid-19. This is why it is still vital to keep the numbers of people you interact with as low as possible. Life can slowly resume but in a very different way.

For me the new normal won't be much different, I have adapted. But to keep Helen safe, I will need to make some difficult choices about where else I travel and who else I see. The Government has so far ignored the concept of social bubbling but I am putting it into practice myself.

Protecting me and my loved ones is my job.


None that we know of!


359 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 39,728 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections increased to 1,871.


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 1,542. The figures for Northamptonshire as a whole are concerning as there is no evidence of them trailing off.

No new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday, but there was another big jump in Northampton.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 652 379.9 0
Kettering 248 244.9 1
Northampton 516 229.2 8
East Northamptonshire 200 213.0 1
Wellingborough 164 206.3 2
Corby 128 180.7 0

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter

Parish History
Puzzle Library
Making masks from socks
(click not now when it asks you to sign up to FaceBook)

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 new normal doesn't look too bad...

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