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How my bus ride into Croydon unmasked a growing problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is against the law to take a ride on public transport without wearing a face mask. But as reader LEWIS WHITE discovered last week, despite 30 TfL bus drivers having died from coronavirus, those rules are hardly … Continue reading

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Public Health director appeals for help over new covid rules

As Croydon’s coronavirus alert status was raised to “High” yesterday, Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, wrote to the borough’s 70 councillors appealing for their help in getting the correct information to residents. In common with public health … Continue reading

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Life expectancy in Fieldway 14 years less than in Sanderstead

The divergence in the quality of life among some Croydon residents is so great that a woman from Fieldway in New Addington can expect to live 14 years less than her counterpart with a home in the same borough and … Continue reading

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Croydon-based bus driver is 30th to die from coronavirus

A bus driver based in Croydon, Kofi Opoku, is among the latest victims of covid-19. Opoku worked out of Metrobus’s depot on Beddington Lane. He died last week, his trades union has confirmed. Now Unite is demanding assurances that all … Continue reading

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Hospitals and boroughs prepare for London’s second lockdown

Croydon NHS chiefs offer assurance that they are more ready to handle a ‘second wave’ of the pandemic Croydon is to be placed on Tier 2 covid-19 lockdown measures from Saturday, with a ban on households mixing indoors. The new … Continue reading

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Teachers ‘at breaking point’ over covid-19 class conditions

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on the growing disquiet among teachers in Croydon and across the country over the risks that they face from coronavirus The leader of a teachers’ union has written to government to warn that “secondary schools … Continue reading

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10 tips to help you and others on World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Here, ROWENNA DAVIS (left) outlines some of the things which all of us can do to help others, and to help ourselves We need World Mental Health Day more than ever this year. According … Continue reading

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Parents’ concern as schools stay silent over coronavirus

Parents and staff at some Croydon schools are becoming concerned that information about cases of coronavirus afflicting pupils and teachers is not being shared with the schools’ broader community. In some instances, it has been alleged that year group “bubbles” … Continue reading

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Culture is worth £5.5bn to London economy, says Arts Council

The impact on the local economy of the continuing closure of the Fairfield Halls is hinted at in a report published today by Arts Council England which reckons that arts and culture contributed £5.5billion to London in 2018, supporting 67,075 … Continue reading

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Covid group ask you to Take The Pledge for mental health

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Covid-19 outbreak at St Helier Hospital forces partial lockdown

St Helier Hospital was forced to divert ambulances from its Accident and Emergency department yesterday after an outbreak of coronavirus was detected over the weekend. Reports suggest that the hospital was placed in “partial lockdown”, with visiting restricted after six … Continue reading

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Positive cases of coronavirus in Croydon double in a week

The number of covid-19 positive cases reported in Croydon more than doubled last week, according to official figures. The whole of London is on the government’s “watchlist”, in case of an increase in coronavirus cases, though by the figures released … Continue reading

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Is your school safe? Teachers’ union launches covid map

Britain’s largest teachers’ union has started a website which offers interactive mapping to show the covid-19 infection rate around individual schools. The National Education Union’s “Covid-19 Map for Schools” website allows anyone to search for their local school and see … Continue reading

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New Addington locals wary of ‘mingling’ at covid-19 test centre

There’s been a mixed response from New Addington residents to having had a covid-19 testing centre plonked right next to Central Parade. Prefabricated buildings were erected on the Addington Community Association car park on Central Parade last week and the … Continue reading

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Can you help? Tony, Alison, Paul and Simon want your ideas

Croydon Council, the local authority whose leader is afraid of staging a borough-wide referendum, now says it wants the public’s help to sort out its financial mess. WALTER CRONXITE on the inherent contradictions contained within the Croydon Renewal Plan being … Continue reading

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St Joseph’s College latest secondary to take covid-19 action

St Joseph’s College on Beulah Hill is the latest school to have been forced into taking action after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. It brings to 10 the number of schools – primary and secondary – across Croydon and … Continue reading

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London should be placed in covid lockdown now, says Khan

Croydon and the rest of London should be placed in lockdown as soon as tomorrow to stop the spread of covid-19, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has warned. With large areas of the north of England being placed into … Continue reading

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NHS offering drive-in flu jab clinics at Ikea and Selhurst Park

The NHS is opening drive-through flu vaccination clinics at Ikea off the Purley Way and Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium, offering more people than ever a free vaccine. “This year it is particularly important for those most at risk to … Continue reading

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Covid-19 local testing centre now opened in New Addington

The borough’s first covid-19 testing centre opened in New Addington this afternoon. Prefabricated buildings were erected on the Addington Community Association car park on Central Parade yesterday, and it opened for a pilot testing session for three hours from 2pm … Continue reading

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Photographer’s loving portrait makes it into Gallery exhibit

A Crystal Palace-based photographer, Nina Robinson, is to have one of her pictures included in a National Portrait Gallery exhibition after her photo of her grandfather in lockdown was named yesterday among the top 100 images in a competition. “Hold … Continue reading

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Five more local schools affected by coronavirus positives

At least five more schools in Croydon and Sutton, including two large secondaries, have been hit by positive tests for covid-19 among their staff or pupils, after just the first full week of the new school year, with one borough … Continue reading

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School report: teachers are coronavirus’s new frontline workers

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the first full week back in the classroom following six months of lockdown, one locally based teacher* offers their thoughts on what life is like under the ‘new normal’ The sanitation stations with their alcohol-based gel are … Continue reading

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Second Croydon primary school hit by covid-19 positive case

Two Croydon primaries have been forced to postpone or alter plans for the return of pupils after members of staff tested positive for covid-19 in the past week, what was supposed to be the first full week of the new … Continue reading

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Covid infection rate in Croydon hits highest level since May

There have been 52 new cases of covid-19 reported in Croydon in the first eight days of September, as the health minister today refused to rule out the possibility of a second nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the … Continue reading

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Train on a free course to help others suffering the covid blues

The council is offering a two-day online course for residents to become mental health “first aiders”. Funded by Transport for London and the council, the course is in response to findings from charity Mind which showed the scale of the … Continue reading

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