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Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 356 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 41 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 315 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Saturday 4 April 2020

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 315 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 38 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 277 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Friday 3 April 2020

Thames Valley Police says it's coping well in lockdown

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

Thames Valley Police said it was coping well in Buckinghamshire as the UK lockdown continues.

More than 200 retired officers have said they're willing to rejoin the force.

Thames Valley Police
BBC

Chief Constable John Campbell said the force, which also serves Berkshire and Oxfordshire, had been able to focus resources on different areas.

"What we have seen is that some of the behaviours of the public have led to a reduction of the type of traditional calls that we would normally get," he said.

"There's no night-time economy and obviously people are in their homes so we're seeing less incidents in that regard and on the roads as well.

"It's important to have that capacity because we also need to be encouraging and enforcing the [new] legislation where necessary, in order to protect people, the community and ultimately the NHS."

Sixteen people charged for breaching coronavirus rules

Michael Race

BBC South

Sixteen people have been charged by Thames Valley Police for breaching the coronavirus restrictions.

Chief constable John Campbell said one officer had been spat during on incident while out on patrol.

Mr Campbell said one reason the force could "remain resilient" was because demands on policing had decreased, with less calls being made for traditional crimes.

He said 20% of officers and staff were not working due to self-isolating or having pre-existing medical conditions.

The chief constable added more than 200 retired officers and staff had offered to return to the force to boost numbers.

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Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 277 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 43 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 234 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Thursday 2 April 2020

Thermal imaging camera used to enforce social distancing

A thermal imaging camera
Getty Images

A thermal imaging camera is being used by a council to help enforce social distancing.

Cherwell District Council said it was using the handheld camera to advise police of parks and open spaces where people are not following guidelines.

The authority bought it to help in searches for missing or vulnerable people before the coronavirus pandemic.

Community safety officers started to use the camera in the fight against the virus this week.

The council said it was working in an advisory role to explain guidelines to residents and that any formal enforcement would need to be done by police.

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 234 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 36 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 198 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Wednesday 1 April 2020

Military steps in to help ambulance service

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The British military's Covid Support Force has deployed 80 personnel to assist South Central Ambulance Service which covers Buckinghamshire as well as Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Sussex and Surrey.

The Defence Secretary announced new measures to enable armed forces personnel to support public services in response to the coronavirus outbreak last week.

The personnel drawn from all three armed services will specifically help the ambulance service man emergency vehicles as well as take calls at its emergency response centres, according to a Ministry of Defence statement.

Air ambulance 'lacking' PPE equipment

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A team of paramedics, doctors and pilots are "lacking" personal protective equipment (PPE), the Thames Valley Air Ambulance has said.

It is requesting donations of the following items to help its staff:

  • Disposable FFP3 respirators face masks
  • Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks
  • Coverall suits Cat 3 type 5/6
  • Clinical aprons
  • Surgical gloves
  • Anti-fog glasses
  • Anti-bacterial wipes/gel
Gloves
Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Martin Bowdler, head of clinical service, said: "People in our communities still need our hospital-level critical care as, despite the pandemic, there are still those who will face life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

"That’s why it’s vital that our crew are protected from Covid-19 so they can continue delivering advanced medical care without spreading or contracting the virus."

The milky bar kid is in town

It looks like the Milkybar kids has been out and about in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire.

Thames Valley Police tweeted a very big "thank you" as a chocolate bar was left on one of its windscreens.

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Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 165 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 25 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 140 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Monday 30th March 2020

Coronavirus: Latest confirmed cases in Oxfordshire

The latest number of cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed as 140 in Oxfordshire.

The figure for Oxfordshire is up by 19 cases. Twenty-four hours earlier there were 121 cases in Oxfordshire.

The BBC also provides this tool with a breakdown of the latest national coronavirus figures.

The new coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.

Data as of Sunday 29 March 2020.

Police praise public for "quiet roads"

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police has praised people in Milton Keynes for staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

It said they had done a "great job" as the roads in the town were "very quiet" for them to police.

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On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructed all UK citizens to stay at home unless essential, to protect the NHS during the crisis.

Citizens Advice in Oxfordshire sees record-breaking demand

Its website had 2.2 million views last week, up 50% from the same time last year.

Oxfordshire residents are going online and calling helplines to find out information about the impact of the coronavirus.

The biggest increase in views was on a page offering advice on what to do if you cannot afford to top up your prepayment meter.

The popularity of pages on redundancy pay and universal credit also revealed many are worried about the possibility of going into debt.

Citizens advice said it is still running for everyone across Oxfordshire and that its website and helpline are available despite the high demand.

Citizens advice bureau building
BBC

We all have a 'role to play', says police chief

Coronavirus is having a "fundamental impact on all of our lives" says the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, John Campbell.

In a specially recorded message, he is urging people to follow the government's advice and to stay inside.

"We will continue our day-to-day policing duties, working with our communities to ensure we are all complying with this essential government direction," he said.

“However, if the public do not take the advice we will look to use the new police powers in order to safeguard everyone. We are expecting legislation and further government guidance on this shortly.

Chief Constable John Campbell
Thames Valley Police

“We have strong, well-tested contingency plans in place to deal with all possibilities, and we will continue to serve the public during this exceptionally challenging time."

Oxford City Council to suspend parking charges for key workers

Parking charges are being waived in Oxford city centre in order to support key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Alex Hollingsworth, councillor for planning, said the council is asking key workers to identify themselves by "placing a note in their car window" telling inspectors which essential service they work for.

He said: "The government message could not be clearer. If you are not a key worker you must stay at home and not undertake unnecessary travel. To support those key workers who are needed to keep our essential services running, the city council is suspending charges in our city centre car parks."

The suspension of parking charges will apply to the Oxpens, Gloucester Green and Worcester Street car parks only. Westgate Oxford is also offering free parking to NHS staff when they produce their ID card.

NHS workers thank 'lovely man' who left gifts on cars

Screenshot of box
Facebook
Nikki Jane thanked the donor on an Oxford Facebook group offering support

NHS workers have thanked a "lovely man" who left shoe boxes full of gifts on the tops of cars of staff battling coronavirus.

One box, which contained chocolates, a gin and tonic and a shopping voucher, as well as hand cream and a toilet roll, had a message inside signed from "James".

The message said: "Just a little thank you, hopefully you find some of this useful. When all of this is over, get yourself a treat."

In a post on Facebook showing the box, Nikki Jane, said the gifts had "brought tears to our eyes" as she thanked James on behalf of "everyone" at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Coronavirus shuts down Oxfordshire attractions

Blenheim Palace
Francois Thomas

Two more Oxfordshire attractions have closed their buildings because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Blenheim Palace is closing the main building, the Formal Gardens, Pleasure Gardens, shop and toilets, though its parklands will remain open to visitors from 10:00 to 16:00 GMT daily.

Blenheim Palace CEO Dominic Hare said: "These are very difficult days for us all, but we have faced similar challenges in the past, and these too will eventually become another chapter in our shared history."

Ashmolean
Robin Sones

Meanwhile, Xa Sturgis, director of the Ashmolean Museum, said: "The Ashmolean’s doors have been open since 1683, so it was difficult to close them this week."

He added: "It is hard being closed at the very moment when we are all most in need of the perspective, inspiration and enjoyment that museums can provide."

'Spike in alcohol sales' as people stay in to avoid coronavirus

Demand for alcohol has surged over recent weeks as people stay out of pubs and restaurants, according to the managing director of a wine store.

Hugh Taylor, boss of Banbury-based Slurp, said there has been an influx of customers visiting its store.

He told BBC Radio Oxford: “It’s been bizarre. Obviously it’s a pretty traumatic situation we’re living through at the moment.

“If you’re staying at home and life’s not that great a lot of people are opening up a bottle of wine to find a bit of solace in the situation.”

Hugh Taylor
Hugh Taylor
Hugh Taylor said there has been a huge increase in demand

People asked to donate one loo roll in every pack

Residents in Bicester have been asked to donate a toilet roll from every pack they buy so a group can give them to isolated people.

The Langford Village Good Neighbour Scheme has started its #RollItBack campaign after supermarkets ran out.

The rolls will be used in "emergency residents' kits" that will be handed out to vulnerable people.

They are being collected at the FLTR coffee shop in Bicester. Staff are packaging them up ahead of them being given away.

Staff at the FLTR coffee shop in Bicester
Christie Lothamer
FLTR staff Josh Green (left) and Karen Stoddart preparing to give the rolls away

Restaurant supplier opens warehouses for customers

A restaurant food supplier is offering to deliver fresh goods to older people and those in need after its usual market crashed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Metrow Foods Ltd said people can collect orders from its warehouses in Thorpe Drive, Banbury and in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

Owner Bruce Hodges said he was "delighted to help the community" and added he was "not looking to cash in, but do my best to keep my workforce employed".

He said his goal was to get the company's produce to a "good home".

Metrow Foods
Google
Metrow Foods is offering deliveries for the elderly, but also opening its warehouses to customers

Coronavirus response centres set up in Oxford

Special centres are being set up in Oxford to to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The "locality response centres" have been set up by Oxford City Council and voluntary organisation Oxford Hub, and will begin operating next week from five sites in the city - north, south, east, west and central.

Councillor Marie Tidball, cabinet member for supporting local communities, said: "Providing services and support in the heart of the community is essential, with staff and volunteers who can reach those self-isolating or needing extra support.

"Social distancing means we are physically apart from one another but we can still support each other as a community in many different ways.

"Over 3,000 people have already signed up to volunteer their time and skills... this is something our city can rightly be proud of."

More details are still to be announced, but volunteers can register here.