Category: Health

No coronavirus cases in Ludlow for nine weeks – peak over but signs of a county uptick in cases

Yesterday I wrote on deaths from Covid-19 in Ludlow and across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. This article looks at how many people have tested positive for Covid-19 locally, in the region and across England. The good news, and there has been little of that during this epidemic, is that there have been no Covid-19 in Ludlow for nine weeks. Previously, 31 people had tested positive for Covid-19. Sadly, eight died. We do not know whether Covid-19 was the cause of death, a contributory factor, or made no difference to a person’s survival. This epidemic is not over. Yesterday, Shropshire Council confirmed 21 cases of Covid-19 within a traveller community on the edge of Craven Arms. More cases are expected but there is no indication that Covid-19 has spread beyond the caravan park. A testing centre has been set up in the town for anyone with symptoms. We need to be confident when out and about but we also need to continue to take care.

Coronavirus related deaths in Ludlow remains at eight, new statistical data shows (updated)

One of the most common questions I have been asked of late is how bad has Covid-19 been in Ludlow? How many people have died if it? For Ludlow, Covid-19 was cited eight times on death certificates over the four months to the end of June. There were four recorded Covid-19 related deaths in Ludlow in each of April and May, and none recorded in June. Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire showed similar rates of citation of Covid-19 on death certificates. A record of Covid-19 on a death certificate does not mean the person died of it, only that they tested positive. Despite the fall in cases and deaths in June, Shropshire is not out of the pandemic yet. On Friday, three cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in a community in Craven Arms. As of Sunday, this has increased to 21 cases. Press release and details of the new testing centre in Craven Arms.

Queue at Prices

It’s been a tough time for our high streets in Shropshire. They were almost deserted for months. Only in the last few weeks have they begun to spring back into life. Shropshire Council has launched a survey of businesses, councillors, residents and others asking how our town centres and high streets are performing as we emerge from lockdown. The council is asking whether there is more activity in your local town centre than last week. It wants an estimate or rough guess on what proportion of businesses are open. What would encourage more businesses to open? And two crucial questions. How confident do you think the public is in returning to the town centre? And what measures could be taken to increase public confidence? Please take part in the survey.

More Ludlow town buses run from today – we are asking you to lobby for a return to full service

It’s getting desperate on the buses. At the beginning of lockdown, the Ludlow town bus service was cut from 30 trips a day to six. The 701 and 722 services were combined. The park and ride service shuddered to a halt. The bus still served the Eco Park but there were no park and ride customers. Why would anyone want to use a service that was at best hourly and had a three hour gap over lunch. There is no park and ride service in the country that is so badly served. From today, Monday, there will be two extra runs on the single town bus route, at 11am and 4pm. That gives eight buses a day with a two hour gap at lunchtime. This is inadequate. It means the park and ride will still be unusable for visitors to our town. The low frequency still won’t serve the needs of residents. But I fear this will be the future of Ludlow bus services while Shropshire Council sees our town’s bus services as a cost not a public benefit. We are asking you to lobby Shropshire Council’s portfolio holder for transport, Steve Davenport, to get normal services reinstated. You can…

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Hospitality in Ludlow reopens this weekend – enjoy a cake and a beer (and take care) #ludlowisopen

Ludlow is at its best when the pubs throng with customer and the tables in its cafes and restaurants are full. When there is a crowd on King Street and a crush on the market. Being close to strangers has long been part of our national experience.  Shambling along the streets. Jostling at the bar in the pubs. Crowding into the markets. At pop concerts. Less pleasantly, on trains and queuing for toilets. From today, we can go to cafes and pubs. From Wednesday, Ludlow Market is expected to have more stalls. Being closer that one metre has been banned. Along with shaking hands and hugging friends. It won’t be Ludlow as normal. It will be close encounters and a strange kind. But life will begin to come back to our town centre. People should, of course, take care. Media headlines have concentrated abuse of lockdown rules. But most people in Ludlow have shown common sense during lockdown and I am sure they will continue to do so.  We should stay local and shop local.

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