Good Morning Wednesfield – Thursday Morning Briefing.

Good Morning Wednesfield its Thursday Morning 16 April 2020 – Hopefully we will have another nice day weather wise.

In The Grip of Coruna Virus- We are still very much in the Grip of the Virus, and these are the latest statistics as I go to print early today.
• Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases -98,476
• Latest daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases -4605
• Total Number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths in hospitals -12,868
• Latest daily number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths in hospital -761
• Cases in Wolverhampton RWT – 473
• Deaths in Wolverhampton -10 were at RWT and that takes the total to 178 patients that have died.
• Over 3,000 fines for alleged breaches of the UK lockdown issued by police forces across England

It’s being suggested that New Cross Hospital is ‘critically low on PPE as an urgent appeal is lodged.

The City of Wolverhampton Council has also been running a campaign appeal for PPE for their care and volunteer services. It certainly points to the fact that PPE is in a very urgent situation, which may get worse.

The Express and Star quote that nearly 170 people have died after contracting Covid-19 at New Cross Hospital, with Midlands only second to London for total deaths It seems clear to me, regardless what the Government is telling us, that there just is not enough PPE for our city. This is a damaging fact for this Government. I certainly do feel that Health Secretary Matt Hancock must ensure that those brave souls working on Health Care in Wolverhampton should be protected by adequate supplies of PPE. I hope my residents also believe that too.

One City: Thanks to city’s care staff on Coronavirus frontline One City The efforts of hundreds of dedicated workers employed in social care settings across Wolverhampton will this week be highlighted across a variety of media channels, including press and social media to show residents the fantastic work being done by these local heroes.

Care staff, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health workers, safeguarding specialists, welfare rights officers and others across the public and private sectors are often working side by side with their NHS colleagues supporting the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. Be proud of them Wednesfield, I certainly am!

Garden Fire Sparks Complaints- On Wednesday afternoon I received this correspondence from Cllr Ian Shires of Walsall MBC – He was complaining about a garden fire in Broad Lane North on Tuesday night. It appears to have caused much anger and animosity in his Ward of Willenhall North. He wrote saying “the person who contacted me about the garden fire last night in Broad Lane North, gave a name of the person believed to have been responsible for the fire,” He went onto say that “Calls were made to the Police and Walsall Environmental Health, however the fire still burned
and attempts to get the fire putout and to stop the burning of rubbish were met with abuse.” I have forwarded the correspondence to the City of Wolverhampton.

The Bin at Moathouse Lane – serving the Wyrley and Essington Canal has now been emptied. Thanks to Wolverhampton Homes for emptying it.
and finally –

City of Wolverhampton Council has thanked all its frontline care workers who are providing vital care and keeping our communities safe during the Covid 19 outbreak.The efforts of hundreds of dedicated workers employed in social care settings across Wolverhampton will this week be highlighted across a variety of media channels, including press and social media to show residents the fantastic work being done by these local heroes.
Care staff, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health workers, safeguarding specialists, welfare rights officers and others across the public and private sectors are often working side by side with their NHS colleagues supporting the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.

Please Wednesfield North, #StaySafe, and #WashthoseHands.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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