Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Friday 12th June 2020


A report in The Times this morning once more discusses the pros and cons of face coverings. A German and Danish led study has just been published. On 6th April, the Germany town of Jena passed a local law making face masks mandatory in shops and on public transport. The same happened in Saxony on 20th April. In the next few days, the whole of the country followed suit.

Scientists have now been able to study the data emerging from each of the German regions both before and after masks were made mandatory. This is the closest thing to a controlled trial in public that can be achieved. The results were clear. In each case, making masks mandatory caused a 25%-40% reduction in transmission rates. And the earlier they were introduced, the bigger the impact.

We have been advocating the mandatory use of face masks or face coverings for several weeks. Slowly the Government is catching up, but we all need to act for them to become culturally acceptable. I am currently experimenting with a clear visor, with the goal of preventing my glasses steaming up, whilst at the same time preventing me from projecting droplets towards anyone else.

In another report, the Government is at last considering the routine and regular testing of all public facing workers. I hope it won't be long before the virus passport we have talked about is implemented.

Visors may be a practical alternative to a mask. Let's hope we see some analysis of this soon.


151 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 41,279 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections increased to 1,266.


In Northamptonshire another 8 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. The total number of cases is now 1,594.

There were no reported infections in East Northamptonshire yesterday.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 714 416.0 11
Kettering 253 249.8 2
Northampton 533 236.7 1
East Northamptonshire 211 224.7 0
Wellingborough 170 213.9 1
Corby 131 185.0 2

Daily links (all verified):

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Parish History
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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
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Covid-19 Symptom Tracker
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

As the schools struggle to re-open, there is a knock on effect on key workers ...

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