At last, Public Health England has published some really local data for Coronavirus incidents, including those in ‘Your Waverley.’ But this makes very little sense to us here at the Waverley Web.
Is it really a fact that there are only 275 ‘confirmed cases’ among Waverley’s population who have tested positive for Covid-19?
No mention of how many deaths? Even the Royal Surrey Hospital’s Chief Executive could not, or would not, give a figure for the death toll when she was interviewed recently.
At last night’s Waverley virtual Executive meeting, councillors said they had NO information on the extent of the virus in the borough. WW asks – WHY NOT? We are not mushrooms to be kept in the dark, we are grown-ups and need to know the facts. How can we, or our borough council begin to know what it is up against if it doesn’t have the data on which to base its response?
Waverley’s population was (121,572 in the 2011 census, now, of course it has many more. So going by Surrey County Council’s statistics, provided by Public Health England, just .23% of our borough’s residents have been infected by COVID-19.
No mention how many people have died? Why not? How can anyone take the lock-down measures seriously when so little factual information is available.
The WW has first-hand personal information of more than half-a-dozen people who have died, mainly in Waverley’s nursing homes. And our thoughts and sympathy go to those families who have lost their loved ones. We also know of numerous others who have suffered from the virus but have never been offered a test by their GP’s.
Guildford Borough has had 343 confirmed cases of Covid-19 to (May 7).
The table below gives the number of confirmed cases in each of Surrey’s lower-tier authorities, including the Borough of WAVERLEY. Previously figures were only given for upper-tier authorities, mainly of county size.
Also included, is the number of Coronavirus infections per 100,000 of the population which allows a comparison of infection rates in different authority areas.
Guildford’s rate of 232 infections per 100,000 people is about average compared with other neighbouring and nearby Surrey boroughs and districts. Waverley’s along with Woking to the north has the lowest.
Only confirmed cases, following laboratory testing, are shown. It is not known if, or when, cases discovered at the new testing centre at the Onslow Park & Ride will be included. It is generally agreed by experts that there will be many other Covid-19 cases where symptoms have been unnoticed, mild, or did not require hospital treatment.
The new data release coincides with criticism from scientific experts of redactions made to a report criticising government lockdown proposals.
In a Guardian article Stephen Reicher, a professor of social psychology at the University of St Andrews is quoted as saying: “Personally, I am more bemused than furious. The greatest asset we have in this crisis is the trust and adherence of the public. You want to trust? You need to be open with people. This isn’t open. It is reminiscent of Stalinist Russia. Not a good look.”
- The coronavirus outbreak FAQs – A useful Q&A covering all main topics, and mostly focusing on what is changing this week.
- Specific guidance on social distancing.
- Specific guidance on staying safe outside the home.
- A general guide for parents and carers.
- Specific information about the plan for some pupils to return to school from 1 June.
- Advice for schools on what they need to do.
- Specific advice on protective measures.