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Facemasks and ‘firebreak’ considered among covid measures

Vaccination “passports” and an October half-term “firebreak” are among the policies expected to be announced by the government this week as it looks to slow and reverse the steady increase in covid-19 positive cases evident since Boris Johnson ordered the … Continue reading

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£14.7m upgrade to hospital’s intensive care unit set to begin

Croydon is to get a new hospital. Well, of course not. Although it probably won’t be too long before Chris Philp and Croydon’s Tories are hailing a £14.7million extension of the intensive care unit at Mayday as a “new hospital”, … Continue reading

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#SouthernFail say they’re ‘very sorry’, they just can’t manage

Govia Thameslink Railway say they are “very sorry” for the shoddy service they have been providing all year, but particularly in August, on Southern and Thameslink trains, but they continue to blame the “Pingdemic” for driver shortages and short-notice cancellations. … Continue reading

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By taking away the buses, they’ve cut off shops in town centre

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As the council abandons 10 years of delusion over the retail regeneration of the town centre, regular reader LEWIS WHITE, right, goes on a shopping trip to witness the state of the Whitgift Centre for himself I popped … Continue reading

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Council concedes the end of its retail dream for town centre

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Do you feel ‘fortunate’ that the long-promised, council-backed scheme to regenerate the town centre has flopped? Because that’s the spin that Town Hall chiefs are putting on the collapse of the project and the end of a … Continue reading

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Thameslink can’t blame covid for service cuts, says Pidgeon

Swingeing cuts to rail services by Govia Thameslink Railway have caused one London Assembly Member to declare that she is “totally unsatisfied with the timetable GTR are providing”. Among the worst-affected are those who used to travel from Purley and … Continue reading

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Survey finds 1-in-10 Londoners skipped their covid exercise

Research has found that nearly half of Londoners have pledged to take more responsibility for their health now that covid precautions have been eased, writes Sanjana Idnani. The research, conducted on behalf of private healthcare and gym operating charity Nuffield … Continue reading

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Tory minister Scully accused of ‘bungling’ over covid app gaffe

Paul Scully, the Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, was derided as “bungling” today over his failure to understand his own government’s laws on covid-19 and self-isolation. In a live broadcast interview this morning, Scully claimed it was up to … Continue reading

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Croydon Labour spread the word – and a risk of the virus

Croydon’s group of inept Labour councillors is back doing what they do best: being inept. Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports As a third wave of covid lets rip (nearly 1,200 new cases of infection in the last seven days in … Continue reading

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Three-quarters of iC readers say they will still wear masks

More than three-quarters of Inside Croydon readers say that they will continue to wear a face covering in public places, despite today’s government relaxation of precautions against the spread of covid-19. Today marks what some have tried to characterise as … Continue reading

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‘Don’t let covid ruin your summer’, health chief warns Croydon

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly and public health measures are not enough to contain the pandemic, according to leading academic There were almost 194,000 new cases of covid-19 reported in England last week, up by more than one-third on the … Continue reading

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Readers’ poll: Will you continue to wear a mask after July 19?

On Monday, the government confirmed that it would be moving to the next stage of lockdown easing on July 19, writes Sanjana Idnani. This means that almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be lifted. This also removes the … Continue reading

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London Mayor insists on masks on capital’s public transport

Face coverings must be worn on London’s buses, trains, Tube and trams, despite lockdown restrictions easing on Monday, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, announced overnight. Mayor Khan has made “the right decision”, according to Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones. … Continue reading

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NHS officials start vaccination drive ahead of end of lockdown

There is growing concern, with coronavirus cases continuing to rise, that “the NHS could be overwhelmed again”, according to one worried-sounding NHS Trust chief speaking to the BBC this evening. And that’s before Monday’s planned relaxation of pretty much all … Continue reading

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Covid pop-up centres to open for ‘final lap’ of vaccinations

Croydon’s NHS is encouraging everyone in the borough to come forward for their life-saving covid vaccinations and join more than 320,000 residents who have already had the jab. The concerted drive for mass vaccination will see walk-in clinics established to … Continue reading

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Business leader issues plea to government for financial help

The government needs to provide greater support for those firms worst-hit by the extension of the covid-19 lockdown or risk losing Croydon’s “beating heart”, according to the head of the largest business group in the borough. Matthew Sims is the … Continue reading

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CAMRA counts cost of covid as 12 local pubs fail to reopen

A local beer campaign organisation says that at least a dozen pubs in Croydon and Sutton that closed their doors at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 may have called “last orders” for a final time. … Continue reading

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Survey finds 60% suffer mental health issues due to covid-19

Nearly two-thirds of Croydon residents surveyed for a local healthcare organisation say that their mental health has been adversely affected by the impact of covid-19. The report, from Healthwatch Croydon, also found that there is a gap between the demand … Continue reading

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Rapid rise in coronavirus positives raises fears of ‘third wave’

Croydon has the joint highest number of new cases of covid-19 in the last seven-day period among London boroughs, as fears grow that Britain may be about to endure a third wave of the pandemic. The rise in the number … Continue reading

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94% of covid cases in Croydon found to be India variant

In Croydon, 94.1 per cent of analysed covid-positive samples contained the India variant, according to a report in The Guardian. Based on figures for the two weeks to May 22, the proportion of the India variant found in Croydon had … Continue reading

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Late covid guidance change causes chaos to choir rehearsals

Late changes to government covid-19 restrictions saw the last-minute cancellation of a major choir’s first in-person rehearsal for 14 months. Now there are genuine fears for the  future of amateur music-making and choral singing, reports PETER GILLMAN After more than … Continue reading

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Barwell backs Cummings’ call for inquiry into covid response

Gavin “Lord” Barwell, the former Croydon MP and sometime Downing Street chief of staff, has waded into the row over yesterday’s explosive account of the government’s chaotic and ill-prepared response to covid-19 given to a Westminster committee by Dominic Cummings. … Continue reading

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Volunteer for free course to become Mental Health first aider

Residents are being encouraged to become mental health first aiders and develop the skills and confidence to support others across their community. This is Mental Health Awareness Week, where the theme is nature and the benefits it can play in … Continue reading

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‘Grim milestone’ as Croydon passes 1,000 covid deaths

Croydon has passed what the council leader called today “a grim milestone”, when the borough’s death toll from coronavirus this week reached 1,000. “This moment represents a devastating loss of life – each one a family member or friend taken … Continue reading

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‘Keep your distance’ as covid infection rates creep up again

Coronavirus infection rates in Croydon are on the rise again – and started to increase within a week of the government’s lockdown measures being eased. Despite the roll-out of the vaccination programme against the deadly virus – 90 per cent … Continue reading

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