The Anonymous Widower

Tracking COVID-19 Statistics

This post contains COVID-19 statistics gathered from this page.

Total Number of New Cases Per Day In The UK

  • 13th March – 207
  • 14th March – 264
  • 15th March – 330
  • 16th March – 152
  • 17th March – 407
  • 18th March – 676
  • 19th March- 643
  • 20th March – 714
  • 21st March – 1000
  • 22nd March – 665
  • 23rd March – 967
  • 24th March – 1427
  • 25th March – 1542
  • 26th March – 2129
  • 27th March – 2885
  • 28th March – 2546
  • 29th March – 2433
  • 30th March – 2107
  • 31st March – 3009
  • 1st April – 4324
  • 2nd April – 4244
  • 3rd April – 4450
  • 4th April – 3735
  • 5th April – 5914
  • 6th April – 3802
  • 7th April – 3634
  • 8th April – 5491
  • 9th April – 4344
  • 10th April – 5190
  • 11th April – 5234
  • 12th April – 5288
  • 13th April – 4342
  • 14th April – 5252
  • 15th April – 4605
  • 16th April – 4618
  • 17th April – 5599
  • 18th April – 5526
  • 19th April – 5850
  • 20th April – 4676
  • 21st April – 4301
  • 22nd April – 4451
  • 23rd April – 4583
  • 24th April – 5386
  • 25th April – 4913
  • 26th April – 4463
  • 27th April – 2730
  • 28th April – 3996
  • 29th April – 4076
  • 30th April – 6032
  • 1st May – 6201
  • 2md May – 4806
  • 3rd May – 4339
  • 4th May – 3985
  • 5th May – 4406
  • 6th May – 6111
  • 7th May – 5614
  • 8th May – 4649
  • 9th May – 3896
  • 10th May – 3923
  • 11th May – 3877
  • 12th May – 3403
  • 13th May – 3242
  • 14th May – 3446
  • 15th May – 3560
  • 16th May – 3451
  • 17th May – 3142
  • 18th May – 2684
  • 19th May – 2412
  • 20th May – 2472
  • 21st May – 2615
  • 22nd May – 3287
  • 23rd May – 2959
  • 24th May – 2409
  • 25th May – 1625
  • 26th May – 2004
  • 27th May – 2013

Note that the figures seem to be going up and down all over the place.

Cumulative And incremental Cases In London

  • 21st May – 26,628
  • 22nd May – 26,683, 65
  • 23rd May – 26,742, 59
  • 24th May – 26, 780, 38
  • 25th May – 26818, 38
  • 26th May – 26840, 22
  • 27th May – 26867, 27

Cumulative And Incremental Cases in Hackney

  • 15rh March – 22
  • 6th March – 22, 0
  • 17th March – 22, 0
  • 18th March – 29, 7
  • 19th March- 32, 3
  • 20th March – 45, 13
  • 21st March – 52, 7
  • 22nd March – 64, 12
  • 23rdMarch -72, 8
  • 24th March – 74, 2
  • 25th March – 85, 11
  • 26th March – 119, 34
  • 27th March – 134, 15
  • 28th March – 151, 17
  • 29th March – 177, 26
  • 30th March – 178, 12
  • 31st March – 213, 38
  • 1st April – 221, 8
  • 2nd April – 266, 45
  • 3rd April – 298, 32
  • 4th April – 304. 6
  • 5th April – 345, 41
  • 6th April – 362, 17
  • 7th April – 365, 3
  • 8th April – 412, 47
  • 9th April – 444, 32
  • 10th April – 470, 26
  • 11th April – 475, 5
  • 12th April – 498, 23
  • 13th April – 509, 11
  • 14th April – 503, -6
  • 15th April – 516, 13
  • 16th April – 524, 8
  • 17th April – 537, 13
  • 18th April – 543, 6
  • 19th April – 552, 8
  • 20th April – 555, 3
  • 21st April – 568, 13
  • 22nd April – 572, 4
  • 23rd April – 580, 8
  • 24th April – 586, 6
  • 25th April – 590, 4
  • 26th April – 595, 5
  • 27th April – 596, 1
  • 28th April – 597, 1
  • 29th April – 597, 0
  • 30th April – 600, 3
  • 1st May – 604, 4
  • 2nd May – 606, 2
  • 3rd May – 609, 3
  • 4th May – 611, 2
  • 5th May – 614, 3
  • 6th May – 615, 1
  • 7th May – 620, 5
  • 8th May – 622, 2
  • 9th May – 622, 0
  • 10th May – 623, 1
  • 11th May 624, 1
  • 12th May – 624, 0
  • 13th May – 624, 0
  • 14th May – 626, 2
  • 15th May – 626, 0
  • 16th May – 637, 11
  • 17th May – 639, 2
  • 18th May – 639, 0
  • 19th May – 640, 1
  • 20th May – 640. 0
  • 21st May – 641, 1
  • 22nd May – 644, 3
  • 23rd May – 645, 1
  • 24th May – 645, 0
  • 25th May – 645, 0
  • 26th May – 646, 1
  • 27th May – 646. 0

Note.

  1. The increases are out of phase with the previous figures.
  2. 5th April seemed to be a bad day!
  3. 14th April saw a change of web site and hopefully better figures.
  4. What happened in Hackney on the 16th May?

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

My Hand Appears To Be Healing

I just took this picture of my poor left hand.

Compare this picture with this second picture, which I took soon after the accident.

The scabs have gone and the plaster is smaller.

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Health | | 1 Comment

The Diamond Light Source And COVID-19

Deep in the Oxfordshire countryside on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, there is this large building.

It is around twenty-eight metres across and is houses the Diamond Light Source.

When you are in a war, military commanders call up their largest and most powerful weapons, when they are up against it.

Think about Barnes Wallis‘s weapons of the Second World War; the bouncing bomb and the ten-tonne Grand Slam bomb.

The Diamond Light Source is described on its web site like this.

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

Another section on their web site details the cost.

Diamond’s construction was funded by its two shareholders, the UK Government through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which has contributed 86% of the investment, and the Wellcome Trust charity, which has a 14% stake in the facility.

Diamond’s construction is taking place in phases. Phase I cost £263 million and included the synchrotron machine itself, the surrounding buildings and the first seven experimental stations or beamlines. This phase was completed on time, on budget and to specifications in January 2007. Phase II funding of £120 million for a further 15 beamlines and a detector development programme was confirmed in October 2004 and completed in 2012. Diamond can potentially host up to 40 beamlines so there will be continual construction within the main building.

In the first year of operations (2007/8) Diamond’s operational costs were £23 million, in 2012/13, with 22 beamlines the operational costs were £40 million. As we enhance the facility by adding new beamlines the operational costs will increase. However, the more beamlines we have, the more cost effective we become, as the cost of running the machine is shared by a growing number of experimental stations.

It looks like capital costs were nearly £400 million, with yearly running costs of £40 million.

Earlier in the week, The Times detailed the work that Diamond was doing with British scientists and Chinese samples from Wuhan to find out the structure of the the COVID-19. The article said this.

A beam of light in an Oxfordshire laboratory that is ten billion times brighter than the Sun has been illuminating an object ten billion times smaller than a pinhead (Tom Whipple writes). In the shadows it produces may lie clues to defeating coronavirus.

The Diamond Light Source at the Harwell campus near Didcot is one of the most sophisticated microscopes in the world. Gwyndaf Evans, the principal beamline scientist, said that over the past three weeks there had been one goal — looking for ways to thwart coronavirus.

And I thought, Gwndaf Evans was a successful Welsh rally-car driver.

The Diamond Light Source web sire has a page for the Public on its research into coronavirus.

Read this page and certainly the last section, which is entitled What Is The Scientific World Concentrating On With The Current Outbreak of COVID-19?, where this is said.

The COVID-19 outbreak is at a critical stage, the WHO suggests that China, through tough and effective containment has bought other countries more time. This is the third bat-derived coronavirus to cause outbreaks of human disease in less than 20 years, and the most serious. 

The response to COVID-19 has been remarkable: first reports of an unknown pneumonia were on 31st December 2019 and by 11th January, six virus sequences were made available. Structural biologists moved extraordinarily quickly, getting synthetic genes made immediately, rushing to pick them up the day they were finished, and in less than a month, on 5th Feb the first structure, of the main protease was released by the PDB, from Zihe Rao and Haitao Yang’s team at ShanghaiTech. By then these coordinates had already been distributed by the team to 300 groups. In addition by this point, the protein had been used for in vitro assays and a collection of licenced drugs with potential antiviral activity had been identified and made available publicly.

Indeed by now, 35 clinical trials have been started, with the first just closed, so the first results should start to emerge quickly. However, these are re-purposed compounds, the route to tailor-made molecules will be longer but scientists across the world are working to find these.

I am heartened by what I have read today and feel that we are making progress towards at least winning a battle against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Only Research Other User Operations Suspended

This is the headline on one of the latest news pages on the Diamond Light Source web site, where this is said.

Given the rapid spread of COVID-19 Diamond Light Source wishes to minimise travel and the number of people on site, and we have in the first instance taken the decision to suspend user operations from our facilities until 28th April. A further extension of that period might become necessary, and we will keep users informed during the coming weeks.

However, it is still possible to run sessions remotely but only with samples connected with work associated with combating COVID-19 either through an already approved BAG or through the rapid access application.

Is Diamond concentrating all its immense muscle on COVID-19?

Conclusion

It looks like to get results you need teams of brilliant collaborating scientists and lots of money.

And all backed up by sophisticated tools, like the Diamond Light Source!

Is the world planning a bigger one?

Surely, as each of these viruses seems to get more deadly and more difficult to combat we will need it.

 

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Health, World | , , , | 2 Comments

Et Toi, Papa? Boris Johnson’s Dad Seeks To Become A French Citizen

Surely, this is the headline of the week in The Sunday Times.

Apparently, Stanley’s mother was born in Versallies!

And you don’t get any more French than that!

March 22, 2020 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

An Unprecedented Display Of Rail Solidarity

These pictures show an advert for National Rail in The Sunday Times.

Let’s hope that this co-operation between staff, unions and train operating companies brings us through the COVID-19 crisis.

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Some People Are Profiting From COVID-19!

There are a few people out there, who are using various scams to profit from COVID-19, but there are also some, who are making money legitimately from the virus.

This week, Diana Moran, ( aka the Green Goddess) made a comeback on BBC Breakfast and this morning, she’s featured in The Sunday Times, in an article, which is entitled Green Goddess Diana Moran Rises Again To Help The Over-70s Turn Home Into A Health Spa.

This is the introduction to the article.

When Diana Moran was first asked to slip into a vivid green leotard, she was seen as little more than a television novelty act catching the start of 1980s fitness and aerobics craze, but she turned into a cult hit known as the Green Goddess.

Now aged 80, Moran is returning to a regular slot on the BBC — but this time the stakes are much higher.

Stephen Fry was also found to be giving sound advice on the Andrew Marr Show.

Good luck to Diana, Stephen and others of their ilk!

 

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

My Essential Foods

These are my essential foods on which I base a lot of my diet.

Note.

  1. I find most flavours acceptable.
  2. I prefer honeydew melon, mango, pineapple and strawberry, but hate watermelon.
  3. The honey and ginger flavour is best and makes good pasta sauce.
  4. Blueberry muffin and cocoa orange are my two favourite flavours.
  5. Most Marks and Spencer bread is good, but this is my staple.
  6. I add to the granola – C would be surprised that apricots are on the list.
  7.  With two eggs, a tin makes a good quick meal.

Most of these foods seem to have come from Marks and Spencer

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Food | | Leave a comment

Carry On Blogging

At seventy-two and after recovering from a serious stroke ten years ago, I could be considered to be in a relatively high-risk category from COVID-19.

I also live alone and am a coeliac.

But.

  • I have reasonable supplies of ready-meals, tea, milk, beer and packaged foods to last for a week.
  • I test my INR and on Friday it was 2.5.
  • I weigh about 61 Kg.
  • I exercise regularly and can easily walk a couple of miles briskly.
  • I have plenty of INR testing strips, with probably enough to last until August.
  • I have about two months of drugs, but there is supposed to be a system lunched this week to get drugs to people like me.
  • I have an on-line subscription to The Times, so I can read their news in detail and get access to all their puzzles.
  • I can walk round the corner to a shop, where I can get milk and other daily supplies.
  • I can easily walk to my GP’s surgery and the local Marks and Spencer Simply Food.
  • I have a son, who can put shopping on the door-step, ring the bell and run!
  • I have enough cash to pay for goods that neighbours or others might deliver.

I also have the great advantage, that my front door almost opens onto the street, so I can receive deliveries without meeting the courier, by just leaning out the window and telling them to put them on the step.

I very much feel, that I can set myself up to just carry on blogging.

Others can help here by doing the following.

  • Suggest topics, where they would like my comments.
  • Sending me stories, that I might like to read on topics like battery-power, branch line reopening, design, energy storage, hydrogen-power, innovation, extreme science, humour and life in general.
  • Sending me positive stories about COVID-19.

It’s probably best, if you don’t send me stories from the BBC and The Times as I read them extensively.

I shall always reply, if I can. Hopefully, I will try and treat subjects in a light-hearted manner to ease the burden of these serious times.

We must all carry on!

 

 

March 22, 2020 Posted by | Computing, Health, World | , , , | 7 Comments