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Coronavirus - update: Wednesday 22, April

Coronavirus - update: Wednesday 22, April

Published by May Norman at 6:21am 22nd April 2020. (Updated at 6:09pm 22nd April 2020)

Coronavirus pandemic: Wednesday, 22 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):


North Yorkshire Police step up patrols 

Police in North Yorkshire are reminding members of the public that they should not be meeting up with friends or family who they do not live with after coming across increasing numbers of groups of people.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, said:

“The majority of people in North Yorkshire can be proud of what they have done to help slow the spread of the virus and save lives. But sadly our officers have come across a minority who, despite all the publicity and the clear messages about the danger posed by this virus, believe the rules don’t apply to them.

“We urge you to think twice before you go out, follow the Government’s restrictions and do not meet up with friends and family that you do not live with."


Man jailed for assaulting two North Yorkshire police officers

He coughed in their faces, saying he had coronavirus.

You can read more here.  


Funding shortfall for North Yorkshire councils 

North Yorkshire councils are warning they are facing multi-million pound funding shortfalls as they battle to keep a cap on the escalating costs of the coronavirus crisis.

It's as they try to keep vital services running during the pandemic. 

You can read more here.  


Ten more deaths in Stray FM area

There have been ten more deaths from coronavirus in the Stray FM area.  

Eight were patients at Airedale Hospital and two at Harrogate Hospital.  

You can read more here.  



National League clubs vote to end season

National League clubs have voted to end the current season immediately with all remaining fixtures cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

They still need to decide whether teams will be promoted and relegated from their current positions, though.

National League Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tattersall said:

“At a time when the entire country is wrestling with the devastating impact of Covid-19, the cancellation of the remaining normal season matches brings a degree of certainty to our Clubs coping with the business implications of the virus.

"In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, National League, National League North and National League South football activities have been suspended since 16 March. The options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season remain under careful and timely consideration, and further updates will be given in due course."



Don't miss the return of the World Cup of Yorkshire!

Welcome to Yorkshire's 'World Cup of Yorkshire' has turned its attention to restaurants as they look to crown the best in the whole of Yorkshire!

A few places in the Stray FM area feature, so get voting now to see your favourite crowned the best in the region...


'We are at the peak' of COVID-19 outbreak, Matt Hancock tells MPs

The UK is "at the peak" of the coronavirus outbreak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs.

Delivering an update on the government's COVID-19 response in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Hancock thanked the British public for their "steadfast commitment" in following lockdown rules.

"It is making a difference, we are at the peak," he said.

But the health secretary added that social distancing measures would not be relaxed or changed until the government's five tests for exiting the lockdown are reached.


Out for a walk? Be water aware!

If you're making the most of your one piece of daily exercise and getting out and about, be careful of any open water!

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have followed the example of their North Yorkshire colleagues in warning runners and dog walkers of the dangers of open water.


Support local businesses in North Yorkshire!

Local businesses need your support now more than ever!

Support local with North Yorkshire County Council's 'Buy Local' scheme, helping you find businesses and tradespeople open for business during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Local businesses are currently registering so please check their guide here to see what's available in your area!


National League clubs vote for season to be cancelled

The National League, National League North and National League South are set to be cancelled at their current point, as voted for by the majority of clubs across the leagues.

The decision surrounding promotion and relegation is yet to be made however, something that will have a direct impact on whether second-place Harrogate Town AFC will be playing in the football league next season.

The National League's statement states that "the options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season remain under careful and timely consideration."


Dogs being trained to seek out people with COVID-19

Dogs are being trained to detect coronavirus in passengers arriving at UK airports.

Canines at the Medical Detection Dogs charity have previously been used to find cancer, Parkinson's disease and malaria and will receive similar training in order to help during the pandemic.

The organisation's founder believes the animals could detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic travellers arriving in the UL when lockdown measures are relaxed.

The charity is working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University.

Read the full story here


Bad news for Little Mix fans...

Little Mix have cancelled their upcoming summer tour due to the coronavirus crisis.

Those who have purchased a ticket for any of their shows can expect an email from their ticketing agency in due course.


Public Health England issue further funeral advice

New advice on how funerals can be held during Harrogate’s lockdown has been issued to the borough council.

Public Health England (PHE) said its refreshed guidance, drawn up in conjunction with ethicists and faith leaders, aims to ensure that mourners are treated with respect and people are protected from the risk of infection.

While some heavy-handed councils have been criticised for banning all mourners from services, Harrogate Borough Council has allowed immediate family only to attend ceremonies at its 11 open cemeteries and Stonefall crematorium site.

Read the full story here


North Yorkshire Sport's Virtual Challenge is back!

It's Week 3 of North Yorkshire Sport's School Games, and this week's Virtual Challenge is the Disney dance challenge!

The challenge is to replicate the dance moves in the Jungle Book, before judges make a decision on the third weekly winner...

Read more about the weekly challenge here!


Danny Dyer turns history teacher during lockdown!

TV hardman Danny Dyer - who previously discovered he is related to William the Conqueror and Edward III - is among a host of stars helping to teach the nation's children during the COVID-19 crisis.

The EastEnders actor will provide a history class for five to seven-year-olds on Henry VIII, the BBC said, as it revealed further details of its virtual learning programme which has now gone live.

Children will be offered lessons held by footballer Sergio Aguero, Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and Professor Brian Cox.

Read the full story here


Police and Fire Leaders give COVID-19 update

Leaders of North Yorkshire’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic have again given an update on the work they are doing, and taken questions from residents and businesses, in a live broadcast on Youtube.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan chaired the live update, which included updates from the Chief Constable about fines across North Yorkshire.

Watch the full video from YouTube here:


Coronavirus spitter jailed for 6 months

A man has been jailed for six months after claiming he had coronavirus and spitting at two police officers while being arrested for domestic assault.

Brandon Wallace was detained by police after officers were called to a woman's property in Barking, east London, at about 11.45am on Monday.

The 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assaulting the woman and criminal damage to her property, the Metropolitan Police said.

He told officers that he had COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, and then spat at two officers while being put in a police van, according to the force.

Read the full story here


Celebs rally to thank staff at NHS Nightingale Hospital

Some big names in the celebrity world have thanked the wonderful staff at NHS Nightingale for the work they have and will do to combat coronavirus.

Rob Brydon, Alan Carr and Paul Chuckle are among several famous faces thanking NHS Nightingale for Yorkshire and the Humber for their fantastic work.

Watch the video via Twitter below:


NHS staff offered new COVID-19 tests after initial checks flawed

NHS staff already tested for coronavirus have been informed their test results might have been inaccurate, a health minister has admitted.

Helen Whately, the social care minister, said that those healthcare workers are now being offered another COVID-19 test after their initial test was deemed to have been "not up to scratch".

The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday that a leaked document revealed tests on thousands of NHS staff were found to be flawed.

Read the full story here


Captain Tom Moore praises school children for their tribute

A North Yorkshire school has created a tribute video for Captain Tom Moore.

Westfield Primary produced a Lego animation of the veteran carrying out his fundraising campaign in his garden.

The war veteran has said 'thank you' for the tribute.


Get colouring

My kids would love this........our resident and favourite North Yorkshire Police traffic constable Paul Cording has shared this poster on Twitter.

He's encouraging anyone and everyone to pick up the crayons and get colouring.

Sergeant Cording wants people to then post a picture of their finished ones on Twitter:


North Yorkshire firefighters take to TikTok

Tik Tok users are bringing people together with memes about coping with coronavirus.

More and more people are taking to the app to create memes about how they're coping during the pandemic.

There are so many doing the rounds - and now North Yorkshire firefighters have got on board and done their own meme too.

Take a look:


Drive and park for coronavirus testing

A drive-in test facility is being created in North Yorkshire.

It's one of 50 regional centres being set up for NHS and other key workers.

It's being created just outside of York - more details can be found here.