Day: 12 December 2020

Arrangements for the funeral of Simon Lissauer – 21 December 2020

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the death of Simon, a man who lived in a garage on Quarry Gardens for many years. Simon had many friends. In Ludlow. Around the country and around the world. Arrangements for his funeral have now been made. It will take place at 11am on Monday 21 December at St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow. The costs will be borne by Shropshire Council, with support from Victoria Allen Funeral Services and St Laurence’s Parish Parochial Council. The cremation will be a non-attended event taking place the next day. The ashes will be returned to the family. If you wish to attend the funeral service, details are below.

Covid Watch 97: Shropshire infection rates are falling – will this mean we move to Tier 1 next weekend?

It’s good news but we can’t yet be confident. Covid rates have been falling rapidly in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Could our status be changed to Tier 1 on Wednesday? I hope so but there are signals are that we may have to continue in Tier 2 until the next review. There is growing nervousness that rates are going up in some parts of the country and that increased travel, shopping and social engagement over the Christmas and New Year break could spread Covid-19. The headline Shropshire rate was 71 cases per 100,000 people over the seven days to 11 December (over 60 years, 59). The Telford and Wrekin rate was 114 (over 60 years, 81). Both rates were low and falling. On 8 December, 51 Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust  beds were occupied by patients with Covid-19 and that is also falling. Cases in Ludlow have risen but remain low.

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