Good Morning Wednesfield! Its Monday the 20 April 2020.

Good Morning Wednesfield! Its Monday the 20 April 2020. We are still captured by this horrible Virus as a nation! The situation and the Government appear to be attracting much more vocal criticisms – as some 80 health care professionals, appear to have died from the Covid-19 virus.
The LGiU report in a round -up of Newspaper headlines, that South Staffordshire Member of Parliament and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said he cannot give a date for when English schools will reopen, and there are “no plans” to open their doors over summer.

There had been reports that schools could reopen on May 11. Mr Williamson said five “tests” must be met before education establishments could reopen including a fall in the daily death rate from coronavirus, reliable data showing the rate of infection was decreasing to “manageable levels”, and being confident any adjustments would not risk a second peak.
There was also an announcement that from today, a series of 180 online lessons per week will be made available for pupils from reception through to Year 10. They have been prepared by teachers and education organisations, and will be available under the label of Oak National Academy.

Care home group estimates 4,000 residents have died. The National Care Forum (NCF) has estimated that about 4,000 elderly and disabled people have died across all residential and nursing homes, up to April 13.

Once the deaths of residents who had been moved to hospital are factored in, the true toll is likely to be more than 7,300. Vic Rayner, the NCF’s executive director, said: “By highlighting the scale of the tragedy, we are giving the Government an opportunity to respond with equal effort. It must act immediately and build a ‘ring of steel’ around care homes. They need the right PPE, medical monitoring devices, rapid and comprehensive testing, proper funding and intensive research to safeguard the people they care for.”

Over the week-end here in Wednesfield North- Three men were spotted fly tipping a second load of rubbish into the Thornley Close Garage site on Ashmore Park. Our residents shouted at them and they scurried away. We really do need to catch these rats, who will be back out doing this somewhere else. If you know who it is please report them. I have reported the matter again to the Authorities.

Family wallets take £43bn hit –The Centre for Economics and Business Research has calculated that British households will have £43bn less to spend on essentials in the second quarter of this year. The average family will have £515 less – or 17% – between April and June. The thinktank wants the Government to cut VAT temporarily to kick-start spending after lockdown.
Now Wednesfield please keep safe today. Keep Washing those hands, take the Government advise and keep socially distant!

Finally, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health has written and told me that there are now spots reserved for Care Home testing. He informed me that – “this extends to all care homes in Wolverhampton – there are 30 reserved slots per day at the drive thru plus an additional 15 slots over in Birmingham and there will be 10 available in Sandwell too.”

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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