Friday 8 January

Coronavirus update

  • The number of new Covid cases in the Wycombe area, which includes Tylers Green and Hazlemere,  reached a new daily peak yesterday with 237 in the 24 hours to yesterday afternoon. Most if not all are thought to have contracted the virus in the week between Christmas and New Year. There were slight reductions in new cases in the Chiltern area, which includes Penn (60) and South Bucks which includes Beaconsfield (75).  Seven people who tested positive for Covid in the previous 28 days died yesterday in the Wycombe/Chiltern/South Bucks area. 
  • An anti-vaccine vandal has been defacing Covid safety notices in Wheeler Avenue, the Common and other areas in Penn, Tylers Green and Hazlemere. Earlier this week a conspiracy theorist stuck an unsubstantiated anti-vaccine poster on the information board at Barnes Corner, Tylers Green which was taken down within hours. Last week a similar fantasist (or possibly the same one) was evicted from Wycombe Hospital for trying to take photographs in an attempt to show the pandemic is somehow exaggerated. At the prime minister’s daily press conference yesterday Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, said such isolated actions in various parts of the country were not only an insult to NHS staff and deeply demoralising for them but were aimed to undermine public confidence in defeating the virus. 
  • Tylers Green Middle School has 31 children of key workers attending school who are doing the same Google Classroom work as their fellow pupils in the same year group at home. Head teacher Mrs Vanessa Pinkey thanked parents for their support and praised the staff for also being “incredibly supportive.”  Manor Farm Junior School head teacher Andrew Sierant also paid tribute to parents for working with the school and praised staff for  their support and for adapting so quickly.
  • The small independent hardware store Essentials at Hazlemere’s Cosy Corner decided to close yesterday even though it is allowed to open under the Covid regulations. The management said it felt its decision was in the best  interests of customers and staff. It hopes to introduce a  phone and collect service shortly. 
  • The NHS said yesterday that 3,435 from Buckinghamshire had volunteered to take part  as guinea pigs in  coronavirus vaccine research