Last update: Friday April 3, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
- 56 Covid-19 patients with underlying health conditions at QA Hospital have died so far. Five other deaths were announced Thursday.
- Urban sites planned for Nightingale hospital
- 83 people have now been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Portsmouth.
- Portsmouth Pride, to be held on June 20, has been canceled due to the pandemic
- Portsmouth Park and Ride at Tipner will be open to commercial vehicles free of charge during the epidemic
- 38,168 cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the UK, with 3,605 deaths
Meet Portsmouth Newsstanders and Paper Deliverers to Turn the Wheel in Society
Traders and paper deliverers in the Portsmouth area were thanked for their exceptional work in these times of crisis.
While stores were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, newsagents and newspapers continued as usual.
Despite the long hours and the lack of additional staff, traders have seen an increase in demand as people start shopping locally, rather than going to the nearest supermarket.
Meanwhile, with schools closed and little to do during the day, young people continue to get up at dawn and make sure people get their daily newspapers – while keeping a safe distance.
Pub owner cheers on isolated neighbors with daily music mix
A Southsea owner played songs every day from the balcony of his pub to help “lift the fate and sorrow” of those living in isolation as a result of the cornavirus crisis.
Over the past week, Chris Vaux, 39, owner of the Lord John Russell pub on Albert Road, has been playing a range of songs from his balcony speakers to “make people feel positive.” Airs included Love is in the Air, You Got the Love and Stand by Me.
Chris said: “I started playing Bamboleo by The Gipsy Kings, which was a song from my childhood, and I started dancing on Facebook. The response I received was incredible, so I decided to put the speakers outside and play a selection of songs for my neighbors. I have received a lot of messages about how it has cheered people up.
36-year-old nurse dies after contracting Covid-19
A 36-year-old nurse and mother of three who was put on a ventilator after contracting a coronavirus died in hospital.
A close friend of Areema Nasreen, who worked at Walsall Manor Hospital, paid tribute to her on social media, confirming that she had lost her battle against the virus.
Nursing friend Rubi Aktar said of her friend, “She was the most beautiful and authentic person you could meet, she went above and beyond all the people she met.
“I am so grateful that I had the honor of calling her my best friend, she saw me my best and my worst and accepted all my faults. “
Portsmouth NHS staff “do not have close enough” to personal protective equipment, activists fear
Concerns have been raised about whether NHS staff in Portsmouth have enough protective gear to see them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, around 10,000 tests take place every day in the UK, with health secretary Matt Hancock promising 100,000 tests a day by the end of this month.
But while conservative politicians insist that patients get the tests they need, there is concern that front line NHS staff may not be tested and lack the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) .
Labor MP for South Portsmouth, Stephen Morgan, said he heard first-hand concerns about the lack of PPE in the city.
The Queen will address the nation on Sunday
The Queen has recorded a special program on the coronavirus epidemic to be broadcast this weekend, said Buckingham Palace.
It will be broadcast on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Corona beer stops production
Mexican company Grupo Modelo has announced that beer – which has a name similar to the current global pandemic – has temporarily stopped production because it is “not essential”.
This comes after the Mexican government declared a health emergency following the coronavirus epidemic and ordered the cessation of all non-essential activities.
Mexico has recorded more than 1,000 cases of the virus and 50 deaths to date.
Councilors concerned for victims of domestic violence during lockdwon
City councilors admit they are “very concerned for the safety” of victims of domestic violence during confinement following the coronavirus pandemic.
An increase in domestic violence with people isolating themselves and staying at home during the Covid-19 crisis is widely expected as victims are locked up closely with their perpetrators.
China, the source of the disease, has given a glimpse of the impending fate about to hit the UK after seeing an increase in domestic violence.
Families under increased pressure, with school closings and job and financial uncertainty, have increased people’s stress as the government tries to stop the spread of the virus.
NHS Nightingale in London has been officially opened
The Prince of Wales has declared the NHS Nightingale Hospital London open.
Matt Hancock congratulated everyone involved in setting up the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel center in east London during a speech at the opening ceremony.
He said the “extraordinary project”, whose heart was completed in just nine days, was “a testament to the work and the brilliance of the many involved.”
He also praised the NHS and the way its staff are handling the virus crisis.
The Secretary of Health said, “In these troubled times with this invisible killer stalking the world, the fact that in this country we have the NHS is even more precious than before. “
Charles appeared via video link from his Scottish home in Brikhall and told those gathered at the entrance to the new temporary hospital: “It is undoubtedly a spectacular and almost incredible feat in every sense, of its speed of construction – in just nine days as we have heard – to its size and the skills of those who created it.
“An example, if need be, of how the impossible could be made possible and how we can achieve the unthinkable through human will and ingenuity. “
Caregivers feel “forgotten” in the face of the “front line” without protective equipment or tests
“We are soldiers on the front lines facing death every day.”
Selfless caregivers in the Portsmouth area are calling for change after being left without protective gear, and some are struggling to buy food for vulnerable residents.
Home workers and nursing homes have said they feel “forgotten” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with mounting concerns for their health and the health of their clients.
Verina Daly, 54, who runs Verina Daly Care, who takes care of 40 clients between Waterlooville and Petersfield, said: “We have to go into the community for people who have symptoms that have not been tested. We don’t know if they have it.