Newsletter #5

The weekend has drawn to a close and we bring you another Newsletter.


Statistics We may as well report the figures as they appear. It would be great to be able to provide positive and happy news, but we must recognise the reality. Since we last reported daily deaths from the disease have been March 31: 381; April 01: 563, April 02: 569, April 03: 684, April 04: 708 and April 05: 621. We should not take security from the slight fall yesterday, we are on an upward trajectory.


We are told that we are two weeks behind Italy in the spread and control of the virus. The chart shows the often mentioned curves for Italy, Spain, USA and the UK. We stick with the recommended social distancing measures. If we follow the same path, then we are close to the peak.


Figures taken from Our World on Data: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus


The Bad and Ugly


Even as reported deaths rise and we become aware that Coronavirus is within Harleston, there is still a minority of people who continue to put everyone's life at risk by not following the guidelines. Two women meet in the car park to the Coop and hug like long lost friends and youths hold moving in parties. These are just two of the observed contraventions of the guidlines which the rest of us obey.


It is “quite unbelievable” that Britons continue to break the lockdown measures imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said. This was said in relation to sunbathing in park in London. Mr Hancock said the government was "not planning any changes imminently" to social distancing policies but he "could not rule out further steps".

We wait to see the measures, meanwhile a 'Dalek' was spotted on UK street telling humans to 'stay inside' and 'self isolate'.



The Good


Our volunteers have arranged a series of Easter competitions to win chocolate Easter Eggs. There are three age groups:


Up to 6 yrs - We have seen your lovely rainbow pictures and your teddies, they make us all smile! Now we would like you to make an Easter Bunny picture and put it in your window, or you can transform your teddy into a bunny! Take a photo and post it on the Harleston's Kindness Facebook page. We can't wait to see them! Michelle Ward will be judging this category on Good Friday.


7 - 11 yrs - We would like you to design a sign for our Harleston's Kindness Help Hub volunteers which can go in their car windows. You could make up a logo, draw an image, do a graffiti image use your skills to make something awesome. Take a photo of it and post it on the Harleston's Kindness Facebook page. We are looking forward to seeing your artwork! Carol Wiles will be judging this category on Good Friday.


Over 11 yrs - The annual Easter Egg Hunt held by Harleston's Future will move on line this year. Solve a series of puzzles and riddles to be in with a chance to win a prize. Correct entries will go into a prize draw on 11 April when the competition closes at 2:00pm. The winner will receive £20 in Harleston Vouchers which can be spent in participating shops around town and a chocolate Easter Egg. The first 50 correct entries drawn will receive a chocolate Easter Egg. https://www.visitharleston.org.uk/quiz/EEH20


News snippets


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken to hospital as his symptoms remain after 10 days in self isolation. Dr Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer and advisor to Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister resigned after being found to have made two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.


A four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Coronavirus. The cats started showing symptoms, including a dry cough, late last month. Experts have stressed there is no evidence that pets can become sick or spread the disease. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52177586


Fact or Fake

1. People between the ages of 13 - 17 are less likely to catch coronavirus. 2. 5g signals can cause Coronavirus.

3. The NHS and Public Health England all agree that to kill most viruses, a hand sanitizer requires at least 60% alcohol content.


4. Eating garlic will help prevent infection with the new coronavirus.

©   Redenhall with Harleston Town Council

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