This morning’s news digest comes via Facebook as a source. East London’s Newham Council announced yesterday that while bin collection services to the borough’s residents will continue, other council services will be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. These include housing, libraries and in-house civic operations. Statuses of particular services are being updated on the council website – Coronavirus service disruptions and updates (Newham London)
Metro reports on the fundraiser organised by Yorkshire-born war veteran Capt. Tom Moore who walked 100 laps of his back garden in Bedfordshire county to raise money for the NHS (National Health Service). Over 1 million people have donated to Moore’s charity drive, netting healthcare providers £20 million – Captain Tom Moore raises £20,000,000 for NHS as donations continue to flood in (Metro)
UK supermarket chain Co-op is calling all ‘local heroes’ to support their food charity and give meals to local communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the decline in donations to food banks. So far the retailer has helped direct £1.5 million to charity partner FareShare to provide essentials to over 4,000 community food banks. People interested in donating can send an SMS saying ‘MEALS’ to 70490 to donate £10 – Working together (Co-op)
The Times newspaper reports that over 15,000 people a day are entering the UK via air without being screened, according to an admission by the country’s health secretary Matt Hancock. Many of the passengers were coming in from other countries struck significantly by coronavirus, including China, America and Italy. They are not required to undergo health checks or mandatory quarantine – Coronavirus: Flights bring 15,000 people a day to UK without screening (The Times)
The New Statesman drew attention to the pre-lockdown period of eleven days before the beginning of the nationwide quarantine in the UK on March 23rd, 2020, which it says may have contributed to the country being unable to keep on top of managing the outbreak. The government decided not to bring in preventative measures, despite urges for action from other countries such as Italy that were further along the curve – The eleven days that may have tragically cost the UK in the fight against coronavirus (NewStatesman)
Lastly, yesterday, the mayor of HEM News Agency‘s own home borough, Redbridge, has blasted local residents who continue to disregard the curfew a month in. Mayor Jas Athwal published a photo of a council enforcement vehicle on his official Facebook page, stating that on the night of 16-17 April, 2020, fifty people gathered at Barkingside Recreation Ground in direct violation of government guidelines. Enforcement officers who dispersed the gathering were met with abuse. The mayor described the incident as ‘totally unacceptable’ and vowed to continue enforcing the lockdown and prosecute people who target the council’s enforcement team as they work in protecting Redbridge’s residents.