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Coronavirus in Camden: Updates on Covid-19

Latest updates from 'worst public health crisis in a generation'

23 March, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby, CNJ REPORTING TEAM: Richard Osley Tom Foot Dan Carrier Helen Chapman Sam Ferguson Calum Fraser

LATEST

  • HS2 WORKS PAUSED
  • BORIS JOHNSON ORDERS PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME
  • EAST HEATH CAR PARK USED FOR ROYAL FREE STAFF
  • HEALTH WORKERS MUGGED FOR ID BADGES
  • WHITTINGTON RESTRICTS VISITORS 
  • PLAYGROUNDS CLOSE 
  • WHITTINGTON LAUNCHES ‘RELIEF FUND’
  • WHITTINGTON BOOKS HOTEL ROOMS FOR STAFF 
  • SALVATION ARMY APPEALS FOR HELP
  • SOMERS TOWN JOINT TASKFORCE CALL FOR DONATIONS
  • IRISH CENTRE BEGINS FOOD DROPS FOR VULNERABLE
  • HAMPSTEAD THEATRE WILL STREAM SHOWS ONLINE FOR FREE 

OUR PLEDGE: The Camden New Journal will report on the Covid-19 coronavirus to provide, as readers demand, as much local information as possible. We pledge to do this in a responsible method, without lurid, ‘clickbait’ headlines. We will signpost to sources of information where appropriate. We will be including the current medical advice on how to approach the Covid-19 pandemic. You can contact us at 0207 419 9000 or editorial@camdennewjournal.co.uk

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1.44pm

SCHOOLS DONATE SCIENCE GOGGLES TO HOSPITALS IN NEED OF PPE

The Whittington Hospital has received hundreds of science goggles donated by schools for the staff to wear as protection against coronavirus.

Channing School in Highgate and Stoke Newington School in Hackney are among those who gave away the equipment, usually worn in science lessons, after hearing reports of hospitals experiencing a shortage of protective wear.

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BROADBAND DRILLING WORKS MAKING ISOLATING RESIDENTS’ LIVES A MISERY

A firm laying new broadband cables has apologised after nearby residents complained the noise was making the hours spent stuck at home a misery.

G.Networks is replacing underground copper cables in dozens of streets across Camden. Work is currently ongoing in West Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and Primrose Hill and is due to last until late April.

The company says it is carrying out an “essential service” and that its workers have the proper protective equipment.

Read more on this story, here.

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11.46am

CAMDEN’S COVID-19 POLICE CHIEF SAYS HE’S AGAINST ‘OVER-POLICING’ THE LOCKDOWN

Superintendent Neil Holyoak is the man in charge of Camden and Islington’s response to the pandemic.

The neighbourhoods chief spoke to the New Journal about his focus over the coming weeks: maintaining public confidence in the force.

He said his teams would not be using the “heavy-handed” approach which other forces around the UK have been reported to be using.

Read what he has to say, here.

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10.30am

GOOD MORNING

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5.10pm

MICHAEL GOVE TAKES DAILY DOWNING STREET BRIEFING

Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Michael Gove, a Cabinet Minister, has revealed there are now 3,915 people with Covid-19 in London hospitals alone.

“Every death is the loss of a loved one and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are grieving,” he said on Tuesday evening.

He said the spike in numbers of deaths on Monday shows the “vital importance of following the guidelines”.

He spoke to reassure the nation that the number of NHS staff returning to work is increasing and more testing is taking place but he said: “We must go further and faster.”

He also spoke in detail about the push to manufacture ventilators in the UK as well as purchasing more from Europe.

Ending his speech Mr Gove thanked the military for their efforts in the crisis.

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5pm

KENTISH TOWN SHOP DONATES BIKE TO NHS WORKER WHO HAD HIS STOLEN

When a cardiologist had his bike stolen a Kentish Town shop came to the rescue showing how the community of North London continues to pull together as the world battles Covid-19.

Read the story, here.

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4.20pm

BIGGEST DAY-ON-DAY RISE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN UK

A total of 1,789 people have died in hospital after contracting coronavirus in the UK.

The Department of Health figures are correct as of 5pm on Monday.

The number of deaths is up by 381 from 1,408 the day before and is the biggest daily jump in deaths the country has seen so far.

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4.10pm

CRIME FALLS BUT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR SOARS

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli has told how the coronavirus lockdown has affected crime statistics leading to an overall fall in crime.

However, reports of antisocial behaviour – more specifically of people flouting the lockdown rules – are on the up.

Such reports are expected to increase over the coming weeks and months.

Read the story, here.


HS2 WORKS PAUSED

HS2 works stop amid fears for construction worker safety. Unions have warned it is almost impossible to continue working while observing “social distancing” rules. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/hs2-works-stop-amid-fears-for-construction-worker-safety?sp=1&sq=hs2%2520camden%2520corona


BORIS JOHNSON ORDERS PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tonight ordered people to stay in their homes or risk fines, as the coronavirus crisis hit lockdown.

After the failure to convince large numbers to observe social distancing rules voluntarily, he said in an address to the nation that only essential shops would stay open. All gatherings apart from funerals would be cancelled.

Parks would stay open for exercise but people are only permitted to go with people they live with – once a day.

See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/lockdown-now-boris-johnson-orders-people-to-stay-at-home


EAST HEATH CAR PARK IS USED FOR ROYAL FREE STAFF

The East Heath Car Park is being used for staff at Royal Free. The Hampstead hospital, which has demolished its car park as part of the ‘Pears Building’ development, has been appealing this week for spaces from the public. The City said: “All of our car parks are now closed to the public until further notice. If you see cars parked at East Heath car park, these belong to NHS staff working at the Royal Free Hospital.”


HEALTH WORKERS MUGGED FOR ID BADGES

NHS workers have been advised to remove NHS identification after leaving work following reports of a spate of muggings. Thieves may be using IDs to pose as health workers in supermarkets. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/health-workers-reminded-to-remove-ids-after-work-following-reports-of-muggings


WHITTINGTON RESTRICTS VISITORS 

All visitors to patients in adult wards and the emergency department have stopped at the Whittington Hospital.

Parents can still visit children’s wards and two ‘birthing partners’ can visit expectant mothers in the maternity unit.


PLAYGROUNDS CLOSE 

The council is considering closing its parks due to the numbers of people not observing social distancing rules amid the escalating spread of coronavirus in London.

Town Hall leader Labour councillor Georgia Gould said: “Camden will be closing park play areas, tennis courts and similar facilities that can be locked tomorrow but keeping open green spaces. If you have green space at home please use that. For those who don’t, walk locally & keep 2 meters apart so we can keep green spaces open.” See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/coronavirus-camden-warns-it-may-have-to-close-parks-as-playgrounds-are-locked-up


WHITTINGTON LAUNCHES ‘RELIEF FUND’

The Whittington has launched a “Coronavirus Relief Fund” and is appealing for financial donations to help the Highgate hospital continue “to provide the best possible care”.

A JustGiving webpage, which has raised £2,630 since Friday, said donations would go towards “supporting staff and patients during the coronavirus crisis” and to help ensure the “best possible care to our community”. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/coronavirus-whittington-launches-relief-fund


WHITTINGTON BOOKS HOTEL ROOMS FOR NHS STAFF 

Rooms at the Whittington Hospital are for staff who have been told to stay indoors for a fortnight because they are living with people diagnosed with coronavirus. 

It is part of a range of measures aimed at maintaining levels of “valuable staff well enough to work” in the hospital.

The hospital also reveals plans to ensure “the most sick and vulnerable as well as cancer patients” are not neglected. All surgery, except for urgent cases or cancer elective operations, are being postponed. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/coronavirus-whittington-hospital-books-hotel-rooms-for-nhs-staff


SALVATION ARMY APPEALS FOR HELP

The Salvation Army in Chalk Farm runs a service two nights a week for people who are on the streets to come in, have a shower, be given fresh socks and underwear and  served a hot meal.

But as the crisis escalates, they are hoping to go from two to five nights a week – and need more hands to help out. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/salvation-army-appeal-for-help-to-run-service-for-homeless-during-crisis


SOMERS TOWN JOINT TASKFORCE CALL FOR DONATIONS

A joint taskforce of charities, community associations and institutes are gearing up to help people in Somers Town and Regent’s Park as the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus escalates.

The plan is to also allow those facing hardship to self-refer.

Founder of charity Life After Hummus, a Community Benefit Society, Farah Rainfly said: “We really need donations of grains, pulses, wheat, rice, whatever can get our hands on.” See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/tenants-charities-and-companies-join-aid-taskforce-in-somers-town


CAMDEN IRISH CENTRE BEGINS FOOD DROPS FOR VULNERABLE

Chief executive Ellen Ryan, who has been in the role for five weeks, told the New Journal how despite the challenges the centre faced, its aid programme had already started.

She said: “We are doing our first food drops for the very vulnerable and the very elderly.  The packets contain milk, bread, sugar, and some other basic provisions.” See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/london-irish-centre-begins-food-drops-for-vulnerable


HAMPSTEAD THEATRE TO STREAM SHOWS ONLINE 

The theatre – which shut down on Monday – is streaming a previous production online next week through Instagram. The show is about a young woman housebound due to health problems and stars a Game of Thrones actress. See story: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/hampstead-theatre-to-stream-shows-online-for-free


 

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