Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Thursday 9th April 2020

Here are the key stories for the day, with thanks to our WhatsApp group who keep these coming in all day there are now 127 members of the group, with every street represented.


Yesterday was another busy day on the group, with stories coming in about stocks and queues at various supermarkets. There are still problems securing supermarket delivery slots. Tesco has issued adverts asking people to shop in person where possible. They have increased capacity from 660,000 slots a week to 805,000 slots a week but this still doesn't meet demand. They have also now been allocated 110,000 vulnerable people nationwide to look after. All new capacity must go towards servicing their needs.

The local suppliers in Higham and Raunds are all now doing food deliveries. Vegetables, meat and baked goods can all be delivered directly. Milk, eggs and non-food items are difficult to source deliveries for.

Some medically isolating households have not yet registered with the vulnerable persons schemes. Please do so, the links are below. It is the only way you can get priority delivery slots.

During the evening reports emerged of an impromptu social event being held in the Village. Even though people were social distancing, some children apparently weren't. If the reports were accurate, this was very much against the letter and spirit of the new Covid-19 laws.

The Government rules are clear and we are not free to interpret them as we wish. They were introduced to slow the spread of the virus, to protect the NHS and to save lives.


  • Boris Johnson has spent a third night in intensive care but seems to be responding to treatment.
  • UK deaths from Covid-19 jumped by 938 to 7,097. This is the highest total so far. Another 5,500 cases were admitted to hospital yesterday. That's 27,000 admissions in week, an unprecedented demand on the NHS.
  • There are 536 confirmed cases in Northamptonshire an increase of 63 cases since yesterday. This jump in new hospitalised cases takes us back to the trend of a few days ago.
  • Flour mills are working around the clock to increase production. However, there is only enough bagging capacity to produce 1 bag of flour a week for 15% of households in the UK.

This chart has aligned the epidemics from 4 countries with different approaches to the crisis.


  • Waitrose had queues around the car park by 08:00 yesterday. LIDL didn't.
  • The advice from the group was that being a night owl between 21:00-22:00 avoids queues and you have the shop almost to yourself.
  • Stocks are generally good, except for flour.
  • The Co-op in Higham didn't have good stocks but was well managed. The experience at the Co-Op in Raunds was much better. It was well stocked and well managed

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

BBC News: Flour Mills increase production

Missing Households (17)
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 Ill find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

The strains of living together 24/7 are beginning to show in some households . . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.