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Covid 19

Media and some politicians have said Covid 19 is in the most deprived areas, I think the figures below could refute this.
These are the published figures per hundred thousand:

Harlow

  1. 9th October 58.6.
  2. 16th of Oct 63.2
  3. 22nd Oct 75.8.
  4. 29th of Oct 96.4
  5. 5th Nov 86.1
  6. 9th Nov 118.3
  7. 29th Nov 197.5
  8. 6 Dec 234.3
  9. 9th Dec 265
  10. 11th Dec 299.8
  11. 17th Dec 644.3
  12. 18th Dec 730.5
  13. 21st Dec 939.5
  14. 28th Dec 1087.7
  15. 31st Dec 1251.90
  16. 2nd Jan 1395.50
  17. 4th Jan 1520.70
  18. 7th Jan 1309.30
  19. 9th Jan 1276.00
  20. 10th Jan 1235.8
  21. 14th Jan 905.1
  22. 17th Jan 793.6
  23. 18th Jan 748.8
  24. 21st Jan 620.2
  25. 23rd Jan 531.8
  26. 24th Jan 503.1
  27. 25th Jan 460.6
  28. 30th Jan 323.9
  29. 4th Feb 234.3
  30. 7th Feb 210.2
  31. 8th Feb 181.5
  32. 18th Feb 108
  33. 19th Feb 104.5
  34. 20th Feb 111.4
  35. 21st Feb 119.4
  36. 22nd Feb 99.9
  37. 25th Feb 88.4
  38. 28th Feb 66.6
  39. 4th March 55.1
  40. 5th March 55.1
  41. 8th March 59.7
  42. 13th March 50.5
  43. 14th March 48.2
  44. 25th March 42.5
  45. 28th March 32.2
  46. 10th May 17

 

Epping Forest 

  1. 22nd of Oct 129.1
  2. 29th of Oct 157.9
  3. 5th Nov 164.8
  4. 9th Nov 192.1
  5. 29th Nov 183
  6. 6 Dec 277.9
  7. 9th Dec 375.9
  8. 11th Dec 501.2
  9. 17thDec 1078.3
  10. 18th Dec 1146.60
  11. 21st Dec 1401
  12. 28th Dec 1224.1
  13. 31st Dec 1289.40
  14. 2nd Jan 1420.80
  15. 4th Jan 1514.90
  16. 7th Jan 1161.80
  17. 9th Jan 1013.00
  18. 10th Jan 902.9
  19. 14th Jan 588.5
  20. 17th Jan 514.8
  21. 18th Jan 496.6
  22. 21st Jan 429.8
  23. 23rd Jan 393.4
  24. 24th Jan 375.9
  25. 25th Jan 343.2
  26. 30th Jan 244.5
  27. 4th Feb 154.9
  28. 7th Feb 126.8
  29. 8th Feb 116.9
  30. 18th Feb 64.5
  31. 19th Feb 65.3
  32. 20th Feb 63
  33. 21st Feb 60
  34. 22nd Feb 56.2
  35. 25th Feb 66.1
  36. 28th Feb 61.5
  37. 4th March 36.4
  38. 5th March 30.4
  39. 8th March 33.4
  40. 13th March 31.1
  41. 14th March 28.9
  42. 25th March 26.6
  43. 28th March 20.5
  44. 10th May 11

Basildon

  1. 29th Nov 333
  2. 6th Dec 476
  3. 9th Dec 613.8
  4. 11th Dec 696.1
  5. 17thDec 1055.0
  6. 18th Dec 1080.10
  7. 21st Dec 1171.5
  8. 28th Dec 1011.8
  9. 31st Dec 1133.00
  10. 2nd Jan 1265.00
  11. 4th Jan 1323.20
  12. 7th Jan 1068.40
  13. 9th Jan 962.1
  14. 10th Jan 869.7
  15. 14th Jan 583.9
  16. 17th Jan 531.5
  17. 18th Jan 498.4
  18. 21st Jan 457.8
  19. 23rd Jan 401.7
  20. 24th Jan 390.5
  21. 25th Jan 365.9
  22. 30th Jan 274
  23. 4th Feb 207.3
  24. 7th Feb 156
  25. 8th Feb 132.5
  26. 18th Feb 89.2
  27. 19th Feb 81.7
  28. 20th Feb 78.5
  29. 21st Feb 78
  30. 22nd Feb 72.6
  31. 25th Feb 63
  32. 28th Feb 61.4
  33. 4th March 63.6
  34. 5th March 59.8
  35. 8th March 59.3
  36. 13th March 40.6
  37. 14th March 39.5
  38. 25th March 20.8
  39. 28th March 19.8
  40. 10th May 11

Brentwood

  1. 22nd Oct 155.8
  2. 29th Oct 214.3.
  3. 5th Nov 189.6
  4. 9th Nov 199.9
  5. 29th Nov 187
  6. 6 Dec 298.6
  7. 9th Dec 402.5
  8. 11th Dec 453.1
  9. 17th Dec 993.2
  10. 18th Dec 1095.80
  11. 21st Dec 1441.2
  12. 28th Dec 1151.6
  13. 31st Dec 1264.60
  14. 2nd Jan 1369.80
  15. 4th Jan 1369.80
  16. 7th Jan 951.7
  17. 9th Jan 793.3
  18. 10th Jan 690.7
  19. 14th Jan 460.9
  20. 17th Jan 379.1
  21. 18th Jan 367.4
  22. 21st Jan 328.5
  23. 23rd Jan 320.7
  24. 24th Jan 327.2
  25. 25th Jan 277.8
  26. 30th Jan 151.9
  27. 4th Feb 138.9
  28. 7th Feb 120.7
  29. 8th Feb 105.2
  30. 18th Feb 118.1
  31. 19th Feb 107.8
  32. 20th Feb 103.9
  33. 21st Feb 103.9
  34. 22nd Feb 111.7
  35. 25th Feb 76.6
  36. 28th Feb 62.3
  37. 4th March 45.4
  38. 5th March 53.2
  39. 8th March 54.5
  40. 13th March 14.3
  41. 14th March 16.9
  42. 25th March 14.3
  43. 28th March 13.0
  44. 10th May 8

Thurrock

  1. 9th Oct 68.3
  2. 16th Oct 101.0
  3. 9th Nov173.8
  4. 29th Nov 197.9
  5. 6 Dec 283.4
  6. 9th Dec 384.3
  7. 11th Dec 506.5
  8. 17th Dec 1178.70
  9. 18thDec 1217.30
  10. 21st Dec 1392.7
  11. 28th Dec 1239.5
  12. 31st Dec 1389.20
  13. 2nd Jan 1512.00
  14. 4th Jan 1540.10
  15. 7th Jan 1311.80
  16. 9th Jan 1233.20
  17. 10th Jan 1148.3
  18. 14th Jan 869.6
  19. 17th Jan 746.2
  20. 18th Jan 685.4
  21. 21st Jan 511.1
  22. 23rd Jan 438.8
  23. 24th Jan 418.7
  24. 25th Jan 383.7
  25. 30th Jan 288.5
  26. 4th Feb 201.9
  27. 7th Feb 161.8
  28. 8th Feb 153.7
  29. 18th Feb 112.4
  30. 19th Feb 115.3
  31. 20th Feb 118.2
  32. 21st Feb 117.6
  33. 22nd Feb 115.9
  34. 25th Feb 98.1
  35. 28th Feb 75.7
  36. 4th March 55.1
  37. 5th March 50.5
  38. 8th March 52.2
  39. 13th March 49.3
  40. 14th March 49.9
  41. 25th March 42.4
  42. 28th March 36.1
  43. 10th May 13

The figures above were collated from BBC and ITV websites, both have stopped on the 28th of March 2021 producing any more information.

On the 18th December 2020 the England total was 317, Essex was way above this, in Harlow it was 730.5.
18th Dec 2020 Thurrock had become the highest in Essex and the highest in England with 1217.30.
7th of January all figures dropped slightly, Brentwood has managed to drop below 1000 for the first time since 17th of December, Harlow remained stubbornly high at 1309.30.
Basildon and Epping Forest has managed to drop below 1000 for the first time since 11th of December 2020.

10 th January Harlow had become the highest in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, despite reducing it's numbers.
14th Jan, Harlow still remains high at 905, it has at last come down to under 1000, the first time since 21st December.
Notice how Brentwood has dramatically dropped to 460.9 on the 14th Jan, from 1441.2 on 21st December.
Brentwood another dramatic drop on the 8th of March 54.5, 13th March 14.3 28th March 13.0.
8th Feb, Harlow has got below 200 at 181.5, the first time since 29th November 2020.
22nd of Feb, Harlow just managed to drop below 100 with 99.9 It is the first time Harlow has been below 100 since November 5th 2020.

25th March, the numbers are coming down at last but we are not out of the woods by a long way.
Remember on the 9th October Harlow was 58.6, when Covid 19 was the original virus and most people didn't know of anyone who had died from Covid 19 or even caught it.
Covid 19 has a new "Kent virulent of Covid 19" that is much more contagious, Harlow is now 32.2.
Harlow is now 26.4 lower than October 9th 2020 now facing the "Kent virulent of Covid 19".
On the 28th of March the England total was 53.4 all of the towns listed above were below this.

Harlow hospital, like Basildon hospital, take Covid patients from surrounding areas not just their towns.
Around New years day Essex hospitals began to export Covid patients to Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals, Kent hospitals also began exporting Covid patients to Hampshire and Devon.

I'm sorry the figures above are not as comprehensive as they should be, but they do show what has been happening in some Essex towns.
Epping is Harlow's nearest neighbouring town, in fact Harlow was built on land that once came under Epping rural district council.
I'm not sure what towns and villages are included in the title "Epping Forest".

Harlow's other neighbouring town Broxbourne (Hoddesdon) was struggling, 1120.5 on 28th Dec and 1480.30 4th Jan, dropping to 1060.9 on 10th of January.
14th Jan, another dramatic drop to 713.4, 17th Jan: 670.2, 18th Jan: 635.3 21st Jan:528.4, 23rd Jan:510.9, 24th Jan; 458.5, 25th Jan; 432.8, 30th Jan; 293,
4th Feb; 234.4 7th Feb; 217.9. 8th Feb; 189.1 18th Feb: 81.2 19th Feb:76.1 21stFeb:74 22nd Feb:60.7 25thFeb:54.5 28th Feb:51. 4th March 33.9
5th of March:31.9 14th March : 28.8 25th March 26.7 28th March: 28.8.
It was announced on the 2nd February that the new South African variant had been found in Broxbourne postal code EN10 which includes parts of lower Nazeing.
Hoddesdon is EN11.
22nd Feb the South African variant has been found in Brentwood.


On the 6th Jan 2021
On the 6th Jan 2021 scientists revealed they had conducted tests on residents of Brentwood and Basildon, the results of their tests found 1 in 18 people didn't show any symptoms but were infected with Covid.
1 in 18, just think about it, they didn't know they had got it.
You could be shopping for food and be near them, they don't know that they can kill you, going about their daily lives, working or shopping.
If you faced someone welding a knife, they stabbed you, your killer might face justice, you could die a quick death.
With Covid 19 you could die days or weeks later, never knowing who killed you.

WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES
, Save a life, it could be yours.

Remember back in March 2020 when Professor Chris Whitty told us not to bother wearing a mask ?
While the millions of people in Asia wore masks as normal, all the time, inside and outside when facing a viral infection, even in junior/ infant school classrooms.
Their economies are thriving now, while we still struggle to open ours.

Check where we / you are with the BBC   New Testing Centre is open in Harlow for those who DO NOT have symptoms


It came as a bit of a revelation to me that scientists and politicians knew about a new more active strain of Covid 19 back in September - November 2020, but Boris Johnson still continued to tell the population to make plans for Christmas 2020.
20th December the whole of the South East of England went into tier 4.

I've heard of one family that went ahead with their family "Christmas bubble", five of them caught Covid19, three of them went to hospital.
One in their 30's sadly died, leaving small children without one of their parents.



Football League

Imagine the Covid 19 results were a football league made up of towns from Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk, 26 towns in total.
Harlow was facing relegation in October, Harlow climbed to fifth place, then was overtaken by other towns dropping back to tenth, then climbed to the top,
Dropping back to sixth, Harlow has now gone back from sixth place to twelfth with 32.2, Ipswich have climbed back to top on the 28th March with 71.6.

A History 

Saturday the 17th of October, Harlow went to level tier 2 because Conservative run Essex County Councillors asked for Essex to be placed there.
Harlow's figure for the 16th of October 63.2
The highest in London that also went to level tier 2 on the 17th of October,11th of October was 144.0 per hundred thousand at Richmond upon Thames.

Hertfordshire - Essex

Harlow sits on the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire; people work in Harlow from Hertfordshire, equally people from Harlow work in Hertfordshire.
17th of October Hertfordshire remained at the lower level tier 1 while Harlow went to tier 2.
Harlow is much closer to Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire than Chelmsford, the county town of Essex.
Food distribution warehouses are based in Harlow, they regularly have to cross various covid tiers set out by the government.
The N.H.S. in Harlow uses two hospital sites, the main A & E Hospital Princess Alexandra in Essex and Rivers Hospital in Hertfordshire, a private hospital that also accepts N.H.S. patients.
Staff from Princess Alexandra hospital and patients routinely cross county lines to Rivers Hospital.
Patients for Princess Alexandra hospital come from Essex, Hertfordshire and North East London.
November 5th Guy Fawkes day the whole of England went into full lock down.

As from Wednesday 16th December most parts of Essex are in tier 3 the same as London.

20th December the whole of the South East of England went into tier 4


05/01/2021 tier 4 wasn't working with the new strain, so the whole of the country went into full lock down
,eventually closing all junior and secondary schools and colleges but not nurseries.

How lucky I am


Every day when I hear the continuing depressing news of Covid 19, I get depressed and frustrated with government incompetence.
Then I remind myself of the suffering of those that are now elderly went through during the second world war, many of them are now in care homes, now facing current government mistakes.

They were conscripted into the army, navy or air force to fight and kill,or die.
Two of my family had jobs to do for the war effort ministries in London.

If they were too young to fight, they had to stay at home, if they still had a home that hadn't been bombed away.
Then spend their time dodging the bombs, living in constant fear of instant death or injury.
Some of my family stayed in London, they lived, but they lost everything three times over when their homes were bombed.

Parts of my family were evacuated from London to Folkestone, Kent, a bit closer to the enemy bombers and a massive target as it is next to Dover harbour.
Eventually someone in authority realised their mistake, they were moved from Folkestone to Tredegar, in Wales, one of them lived three doors away from Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.
Years went by, these would be the formative years of young children from age five upwards, living with strangers, starting a whole new life, forming new bonds and friendships, loosing touch with brothers and sisters.
Even though they were all evacuated together, they all lived in different parts of Tredegar, starting again in a different school, a different way of teaching.

Eventually going home to London, but it would be to yet another life, they hadn't seen their parents or brothers and sisters in years, they were effectively living with strangers again.
With new rules and a totally different way of life to one they had grown up with in Wales, their former home in London had changed, the streets that they knew had gone, bombed away.

Of course at that time there wasn't a Labour government to build a National Health Service, you had to pay for a doctor.
Mental health issues were dealt with by "pull your socks up" or "just get on with it."


When I think of what they went through my depression lifts.
I think I'm quite lucky, surviving this war with Covid 19 would be "a walk in the park" compared to what my elders went through.

I know we are now at war with an enemy we cannot see or hear, the enemy Covid 19, but I can use the modern means of communication, phone or internet and TV, no one is bombing my home.

Yes, my way of life has changed during this war, but I can see a possible end, a possible victory many months away.

Wear a mask at all times, Save a life.
It could be yours


Roy's Harlow Covid 19 in Essex

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