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Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 16 April

Coronavirus - update: Thursday, 16 April

Published by May Norman at 5:14am 16th April 2020. (Updated at 5:19pm 16th April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Thursday, 16 April

Stray FM has put together an advice page - which can be found here.

We are also updating this interactive article DAILY, with the latest local information.

Here's what you need to know (this page will be regularly updated):


Police working to prevent online radicalisation during lockdown 

North Yorkshire Police  are supporting a campaign to tackle the threat of online radicalisation during the coronavirus emergency.

It's aimed at young and vulnerable people who could be at risk of being groomed by extremist individuals and groups online.

You can find out more here.  



Tens of thousands of jobs at risk in West Yorkshire

More than 240,000 jobs in West Yorkshire are at risk because of the coronavirus crisis.

Over a third of local businesses have less than three months of cash reserves.

They were some of the stark details heard by members of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, who met this morning to hear an update on how the Covid-19 pandemic was impacting the area.

Brian Archer, Director of Economic Services, said:

“The region has had 1,900 business liquidations in March, up 62 per cent from the previous March.

“We estimate that 240,000 jobs are at risk in the region.

“Two thirds of businesses have furloughed staff and over a third of businesses have less than three months’ cash reserves.”


Lockdown extended for 'at least three weeks' 

The foreign secretary Dominic Raab has announced that the coronavirus lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks.


More than £30m paid to businesses in Harrogate 

More than £30million has now been paid to small businesses in Harrogate through a government grant scheme.

Around 2,500 businesses have received payments of £10,000 or £25,000 – and Harrogate Borough Council said it is processing new applications everyday.

The authority is also offering three months free rent to its commercial tenants and promising to pay its suppliers quickly to give them a boost during the coronavirus crisis.

Coun Graham Swift said:

“We know businesses are under intense pressure. Our business rates team have worked extraordinarily hard to gear up to process tens of millions of pounds of government cash to support local businesses.

“We have drafted in extra staff to deal with grant payments and top priority is getting the money in to the bank accounts of local businesses as quickly as we can.”



Clap for Carers tonight!

A reminder that it's Clap for Carers at 8pm tonight.  People across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will be showing their appreciation for key workers.   


Latest coronavirus deaths in England 

NHS England has released the latest figures for coronavirus deaths in England.

You can read more here.  


Concern non Covid-19 illnesses are being missed 

The North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising concerns people are putting off getting help for illnesses not related to coronavirus. 

The CCG is reminding patients that GP services, pharmacies, NHS 111, out-of-hours services and emergency departments are all still available to patients.

It's particularly concerned it's seeing fewer children - and is also worried about the late diagnosis of things like cancer, heart disease and strokes. 

You can read more here 



Restrictions in place at Skipton cemetery

The Remembrance Chapel at Waltonwrays Cemetery in Skipton has been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Direct family are still allowed to attend funeral services at the main Crematorium Chapel in Skipton, but the Remembrance Chapel has been closed due to government guidance on social distancing. 

This means the Book of Remembrance will no longer be able to be viewed in person, for the foreseeable future.

Read the full story here


No 'exit' to full lockdown until there's a vaccine says health minister

The government is expected to announce an extension of the UK's coronavirus restrictions later today, as health minister Nadine Dorries suggested "full lockdown" would be required until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found.

The current measures have been in place for more than three weeks, and this morning the cabinet received a briefing on the latest scientific and medical advice via video conference, before a COBRA meeting chaired by First Secretary of State Dominic Raab.

Mr Raab, who is deputising for the Prime Minister as he continues his recovery from COVID-19, is expected to set out the reasoning behind the government's decision at the daily briefing from Downing Street.

Read the full story here


Ilkley sewers create scrubs for health workers

A sewing team in Ilkley are making new scrubs for local GP's and medical professionals.

More than 60 sewers in Ilkley have been working hard from their homes to make new scrubs for local GP’s and medical professionals.

This amazing show of solidarity comes as local medical professionals are instructed to wear scrubs for their safety, but simply don’t have enough on hand.

Read the full story here


Yoga in the sun for Coppice Valley children

A great way to enjoy the sunshine! ☀️

Children and staff at Coppice Valley Primary School have enjoyed some relaxing yoga in the sunshine with Mrs Dodson.

Keep up the good work!


Gorillas and chimpanzees 'at risk' of catching coronavirus

Gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes are at serious risk of catching coronavirus from humans, a leading conservationist has warned.

Following news that a four-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, Ian Redmond harbours concerns about other endangered species:

"There is abundant scientific evidence that great apes are susceptible to infection with human respiratory pathogens," said the celebrated tropical field biologist.

"Therefore the great apes are highly likely to be susceptible to [the COVID-19] infection, and possibly with a higher mortality rate than among humans."

Read the full story here

Trekking with gorillas, Wildlife and Safari Travel Show

Activity packs from North Yorkshire Sport

North Yorkshire Sport are in the process of putting together activity packs to be sent to 750 homes across North Yorkshire.

The packs, which include a 'Love the NHS' poster to be displayed in windows, are designed to keep people active whilst at home.


100 metre grass painting tribute to NHS

Artist group Sand in your Eye have produced a fantastic piece of art to show their gratitude to the NHS.

The group from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, who usually produce sand and ice sculptures, have designed their own tribute with a 100 metre grass painting.

Check out the video tweeted by Welcome to Yorkshire below - it's quite something!


Guard of Honour for Captain Tom Moore

Keighley's Captain Tom Moore has received a Guard of Honour after his charity walk has raised just under £12.5 MILLION for NHS charities.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment congratulated the 99-year-old, who originally set out to raise £1000 but has now made more than 12,500 times that figure.


Message from residents at Vida Healthcare

Residents and staff at Vida Healthcare have been busy designing some messages to put in their windows and are asking everyone to 'stay safe!'

Rainbows and other positive messages have been popping up in windows across the country since the start of the current lockdown, with the intention of giving passers-by a smile.


Reminder: no sky lanterns!

It's Thursday, which means our weekly #ClapforCarers is set to go ahead at 8pm.

But a gentle reminder has been put out by North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue - please no sky lanterns!

They can cause fires and injuries to wildlife and livestock in the local area.


Fire service poster competition

A great way to keep the kids entertained for a few hours?

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have already had plenty of entries for their Stay at Home poster competition, and it's not too late to enter!

Entries are to be designed on A4 paper and need to cover any of their safety at home topics, including electrical safety, bedtime routines, escapes plans or smoke alarms.


Access your local library from home!

Libraries may be closed during the current lockdown, but you can still grab any books, newspapers, magazines and comics you want from home!

North Yorkshire County Council have a digital library online, meaning you can still access anything you'd expect to grab from your library.

They've also extended loan periods, so no need to worry about fines!


Harrogate bus company recognised for coronavirus measures

Did you see some familiar red buses on the Channel 5 news last night?

Harrogate bus company Transdev have been recognised on national television for their enhanced safety measures, put into place due to the coronavirus crisis.

If you missed it, Chief Executive of Transdev Alex Hornby has shared the short clip on his Twitter page:


Knaresborough company providing vital medical equipment for NHS

A Knaresborough company is helping provide vital medical equipment to the five new Nightingale hospitals across England, including in Harrogate. 

Wirework manufacturer Craven & Co is making and distributing 800 intravenous (IV) drip stands every day - after being fast-tracked into the NHS supply chain. 

In total, the company has delivered 4,000 IV stands to the ExCeL in London, and are currently manufacturing a further 8,500 to the Nightingale hospitals in Harrogate, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

Read the full story here


Hats off to you Captain Tom!

A former Army captain - who grew up in Keighley - has smashed his fundraising target of £1,000.

99-year-old Tom Moore is walking around his garden 100 times to raise money for the NHS.

His campaign's gone viral - and has exceeded his expectations.

At the last count, Captain Tom has raised over £11 million! Wow!


Fines for those flouting lockdown rules

Police have issued 3,200 fines against people who they think broke lockdown laws in just over two weeks.

Locally, 153 were handed out in North Yorkshire - with a further 121 in West Yorkshire.

A further breakdown revealed 20 penalty notices were dished out in Craven and 6 across the Harrogate district.