Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Wednesday 10th June 2020


Ashok Sharma led the Government briefing and I was delighted to see that they have given some clarity over what can and cannot open on Monday 15th June. All shops can re-open if they can demonstrate that they are Covid Secure. Risk assessment templates have been issued and a notice of compliance must be posted in the window of all premises. Local councils and the Health and Safety Executive will be able to use their enforcment powers to close shops that are not complying.

Back in May I suggested something similar, but more rigorous, with a Covid-19 "scores on the doors" rating for each establishment on a 1-5 scale for biosecurity. Under this scheme, all businesses would have been free to open. This would have avoided the arbitary rules that allowed Aldi to sell plants but not garden centres.

Late last week the Johnstones' Decorating Centre in Kettering re-opened. We had been searching for specific paint for the Village Hall for the last few weeks, as our stocks were running low. The layout at the store was excellent with some of the best biosecurity measures I have seen. According to the manager, this could have been implemented weeks ago, but they were forbidden to open. The demand was certainly there from both professionals and retail customers. What a wasted opportunity!


286 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 40,883 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections increased to 1,387. This is a reflection of poor reporting over the weekend.


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 1,582. Half of these cases were in East Northamptonshire.

5 new infections were reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday, this is not welcome news!

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 704 410.2 7
Kettering 251 247.9 0
Northampton 529 235.0 4
East Northamptonshire 213 226.8 5
Wellingborough 169 212.6 0
Corby 129 182.1 1

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Michelle's Midweek Message

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

And finally . . .

As the travel industry complains about quarantining rules, some people are asking ...

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