Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Friday 5th June 2020


In the words of the song "what a difference a day makes". Last night, during the evening briefing, the Government finally bowed to common sense. The wearing of face coverings is to be made mandatory on public transport from the 15th June. We first discussed face coverings in this Village way back in April. The world wide evidence was then overwhelming. What took this Government so long to catch up? We've been pushing face coverings in this Parish for the last 6 weeks as the responsible way forward.

The answer of course is that there was a shortage of PPE across the country and the Government didn't want to suck resources away from the NHS. But we don't need NHS masks, there are no shortage of options to make or buy our own. I don't even think of going into a shop without a mask now. Mark my words, they will be mandatory in public enclosed spaces before long.

There was another press report in the local paper yesterday that Kettering was a national hot spot for Covid-19. I must challenge this again. We must get these reports into context. During the month of May, Kettering suffered reported infections of 92 people per 100,000 population. That is 0.092% of the population, less than 1 in a thousand. East Northamptonshire had an infection rate in May of 0.065%, even lower. Yes this might be higher than elsewhere, but look seriously at the base line. Less than 1 in 1,000 people in Northamptonshire caught Covid-19 in May. Those are pretty good odds for the general population. With social distancing and face coverings, you can reduce this even further.

Time and time again, our Government has been found wanting when it comes to information and advice on this virus. Take control of your own lives. Practice your own version of rigorous social bubbling. Keep more than 2 metres apart, wear face coverings. We need to protect our own lives and those of our loved ones. The numpties seem to be well behind the curve of common sense.


None that we know of!


176 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 39,904 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections increased to 1,805.


In Northamptonshire another 10 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. The total number of cases is now 1,552.

3 new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday, the highest in Northamptonshire.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 653 380.5 1
Kettering 249 245.9 1
Northampton 518 230.1 2
East Northamptonshire 203 216.2 3
Wellingborough 166 208.9 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 . . .

As schools contemplate an additional term over the summer, some things may have to change ...

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives