Daily Update 07/04/20


Somerset Veg Box are a new local delivery service, supplying surrounding areas of Ashcott (and in a 10 Mile radius) with fresh fruit and veg! They have the £20 box, that will contain 15 varities of fruit and veg or the £25 box which will have 20 varieties, all the essentials and a little extra! More Info

How to make a non-medical mask. A useful video on YouTube with instructions on how to make a non-medical mask with available household items. More Info



  • Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary who is deputising for Boris Johnson while Johnson remains in hospital, told a press conference this afternoon that his boss was “a fighter” who would be back at work “in short order”. Raab said:

[Johnson] is not just the prime minister. For all of us in cabinet, he is not just our boss. He is also a colleague and he is also our friend. So all our thoughts and prayers are with the prime minister at this time, with Carrie [Symonds] and his whole family. And I’m confident he will pull through because if there is one thing that I know about this prime minister is he is a fighter and he will be back leading us through this crisis in short order.

Raab expressed his support for Johnson as the PM received well-wishes from fellow leaders around the world, from members of the public, and even from the Queen and other members of the royal family. In an update on the PM’s health, Raab confirmed that Johnson was not on a ventilator – but did not go beyond the relatively scant progress report issued by No 10 at lunchtime.  Raab said:

[Johnson] remained stable overnight. He’s receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any assistance, he’s not required any mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support. He remains in good spirits and in keeping with usual clinical practice his progress continues to be monitored closely in critical care.

  • Raab played down the prospect of the lockdown restrictions being relaxed next week, when they are due to be reviewed for the first time.
  • Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, said the number of coronavirus cases “could be moving in the right direction” but that it would not be clear “for a week or so”. Speaking at the press conference, Vallance presented a chart showing the latest data for new cases and said:

It’s possible that we’re beginning to see the beginning of change in terms of the curve flattening a little bit. We won’t know that for sure for a week or so

There hasn’t been the accelerated take-off and again it’s possible that we’re beginning to see the start of a change where we might see numbers flattening off.

It does begin to suggest that things might be moving in the right direction in terms of numbers and it’s important that we carry on with the measures that we have got in place in order to make sure that this does go in the right direction.

  • Raab implied that Matt Hancock, the health secretary, should be held accountable if the government failed to meet the target Hancock set for 100,000 coronavirus tests to be carried out a day by the end of this month. Asked who would “carry the can” if the target were missed, Raab stressed that it was Hancock’s target. He said the latest data showed 14,000 tests a day being carried out.
  • Whitty implied that the UK could learn from Germany’s success with testing. Asked what number of deaths from coronavirus in Germany was rising at a slower rate than in the UK, Whitty said:

We all know that Germany got ahead in terms of its ability to do testing for the virus and there’s a lot to learn from that and we’ve been trying to learn the lessons from that.

  • Keir Starmer has been praised by Jewish leaders for achieving “in four days more than his predecessor in four years” after he held a video conference to set out steps Labour would be taking to stamp out antisemitism.

National update from https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/07/uk-coronavirus-live-news-boris-johnson-spends-night-in-intensive-care