Tag Archives: Covid-19

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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Amazon delivers £2,000 donation to NHS hospital charity

The Amazon delivery station team in Croydon has donated £2,000 to a charity that provides support to patients, staff and visitors at St George’s Hospital. The charity, based at the major NHS hospital in Tooting, received the donation as part … Continue reading

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Covid scientists seek Croydon volunteers for blood tests

People who have tested positive for covid-19 are being asked to take part in a scientific study that hopes to unravel one of the most crucial questions posed by the virus. Genomics England is running the study, which aims to … Continue reading

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Croydon cancer patients receive £44,000 in charity ‘lifelines’

A charity made grants totalling more than £44,000 to Croydon residents with cancer in 2020, to help them through the darkest times of the coronavirus pandemic. The payments to 144 Croydon residents with cancer were part of £1million in hardship … Continue reading

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NHS covid vaccination is safe in Ramadan, doctor says

A leading local GP has today issued a message to emphasise that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting the NHS covid-19 vaccination. Dr Kashif Aziz confirmed that getting the jab does not break the fast observed by Muslims during … Continue reading

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Masks and casks: good to be back in the open at The Oval

Planning a trip to the pub post-lockdown requires face masks and careful monitoring of the weather forecast, as KEN TOWL discovered yesterday It was snowing when I woke up, but the childish wonder I usually feel when I see snow … Continue reading

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Surge tests ordered for ‘significant’ outbreak of covid variant

The euphoria surrounding the re-opening of shops and pubs yesterday after the part-lifting of the coronavirus lockdown could be short-lived, as health authorities last night announced that a new round of surge testing was taking place after more than 70 … Continue reading

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Care survey finds 65% of people ‘more stressed’ since covid

April is, apparently, Stress Awareness Month, and locally-based provider Bluebird Care is encouraging local people to try new ways to combat the stresses and strains of everyday life, and life under (gradually easing) lockdown. Research has found that 65 per … Continue reading

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Under-threat libraries missing from council’s re-opening plans

Croydon Council this morning released details of its phased re-opening of some of the borough’s public libraries – but with no immediate plans for three of the buildings which it has listed for permanent closure in its recent consultation. Broad … Continue reading

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Businesses adapt and change to cope with covid rules

Businesses, retailers, pubs, bars and restaurants across Croydon are preparing to emerge from their covid-imposed “slumber” of the past four months – in some cases longer – as coronavirus restrictions are eased from Monday, April 12. But many are having … Continue reading

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Trinity gets top marks for their pizza delivery to hospital

NHS key workers will be getting a special pizza delivery in time for Easter, thanks to a fund-raiser carried out among pupils, staff and parents at Trinity School. Trinity is always looking for ways to support the local community. In … Continue reading

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Let’s reflect on a year of covid and find ways to improve

CROYDON COMMENTARY: On the anniversary of the start of Britain’s first national lockdown, PETER UNDERWOOD says we should take some time to think about how to make things better Today, March 23, is the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown … Continue reading

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Councillor recovering after 9-day covid hospital stay

Jason Perry, the leader of the Conservative opposition at Croydon Council, is recovering at home from the effects of covid-19. Perry spent more than a week in Mayday Hospital after contracting the life-threatening illness last month. While being treated in … Continue reading

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Week-long manhunt traces covid Brazil variant to Croydon

After a week-long, nationwide manhunt, health officials have traced a mystery person with the Brazilian variant of covid-19 to Croydon. Additional coronavirus testing resources are being deployed to the borough as a consequence, with an expectation that “surge testing” may … Continue reading

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Community sports clubs cling on in hope of end to lockdown

MARY LITCHFIELD reports on the coronavirus pandemic struggles faced by some of the rugby and cricket clubs in the borough Non-league football clubs had their season abandoned last week, the second successive league campaign scuttled because of coronavirus. But other … Continue reading

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