095) : 25/1/21 – 13/2/21

February 13th

p. 5 “Infections up after a week of decline” – sharp rise yesterday in city and county

 p. 12 NATIONAL “UK’s R number falls to below one”

 p. 18/19 “University team joins forces with Aardman in new mental health drive” – with puppets, aimed at young people

February 12th

Pages 1 and 5 “The £20 gadget keeping people out of hospital” and “Covid care on ‘virtual ward’” – oximeter monitoring at home

p. 12 NATIONAL “Reforms to create ‘a stronger NHS’” the ‘White Paper!!!

February 11th

Today there is a lot around the virus: Uber offering free rides to get jabs; Manjit Singh urging BAEM populations to get vaccinated; letters on mask wearing and life under Covid, and Edward Argar , In the House, on life under and after Covid.

p. 6 “Over-70s can make appointment” – at Leicester’s hospitals and other vaccination centres   

p. 8 “’Disgrace’ not to make police priority for jab”

p. 9 “’Support cabbies risking lives to earn £30 a day’” – asking for Covid support for gig workers

p. 12 NATIONAL “No holidays abroad ‘until all are jabbed’” – Grant Shapps

February 10th

Lowest daily total in new Covid-19 cases so far in 2021

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/lowest-daily-total-new-covid-4985127

Schools over capacity due to too many parents being classed as essential workers

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/schools-over-capacity-due-many-4979731

Rutland has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/rutland-highest-coronavirus-infection-rate-4982026

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/covid-expert-warns-huge-events-4977171

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/hero-nhs-doctors-nurses-staff-4950666

Tuesday 9th February

p. 4 “Another 327 positive cases”

p. 5 “Rapid tests available in more areas of county”

p. 7 “’Offer mental health help at vaccination hubs’” – Dr Luke Evans, MP

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Facebook jabs help” – to help find out where and when one can get jab

p. 12 “                    “Johnson still has faith in vaccines”

p. 15 a long unnamed letter under “Feeling as though I’ve been lost in the system” – showing up gaps in the testing and vaccination arrangements

p. 21 “Lib Dems want extra for carers” – incl. raising the carers allowance

Tuesday 9th February

Schools over capacity due to too many parents being classed as essential workers

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/schools-over-capacity-due-many-4979731

Rutland has the highest coronavirus infection rate in England

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/rutland-highest-coronavirus-infection-rate-4982026

p. 4 “Another 327 positive cases”

p. 5 “Rapid tests available in more areas of county”

p. 7 “’Offer mental health help at vaccination hubs’” – Dr Luke Evans, MP

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Facebook jabs help” – to help find out where and when one can get jab

p. 12 “                    “Johnson still has faith in vaccines”

p. 15 a long unnamed letter under “Feeling as though I’ve been lost in the system” – showing up gaps in the testing and vaccination arrangements

p. 21 “Lib Dems want extra for carers” – incl. raising the carers allowance

Tuesday 9th February

Hundreds more coronavirus cases detected

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/hundreds-more-coronavirus-cases-detected-4977266

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Ambulance staff hit” – catching Covid at work

p. 12 “  “Oxford jab ‘offers less SA protection’” https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/study-shows-oxfordastrazeneca-jab-less-4976105

p. 15 three letters on Covid:

Brian Coleman under “We should have had a blanket ban on travel”

H Wilson under “Covid deniers need to change their attitudes”

H Watson under “If elderly neighbours shop alone, so can you”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/rutland-highest-coronavirus-infection-rate-4982026

Monday 8th February

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/covid-expert-warns-huge-events-4977171

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/hero-nhs-doctors-nurses-staff-4950666

Saturday 6th February

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/hero-nhs-doctors-nurses-staff-4950666

Tuesday 9th February

Pages 1 & 4 “Don’t try to…” and “Staff forced to turn away…” about ineligible requests for jabs https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/stressed-staff-turn-patients-not-4973113

p. 4 ”Infection rates down by a third in week”

p. 5 “Vaccine myths debunked” – clear answers to 12 objections https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/common-covid-vaccine-myths-debunked-4963604

p. 5/8 “More Covid fines in last five weeks than all of 2020” and “Carload of…” – about fines

p. 6 “Cancer patients moved from city” – Priority 2 patients for prompt treatment during pandemic https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/cancer-patients-transferred-away-leicester-4968293

p. 6 ”Jabs given to more than 140,000” – city, county and Rutland

p. 12 NATIONAL “Half of UK to ‘get vaccine by May’” – over-50s and at-risk groups

Friday 5th

p. 4 “NHS board resisting calls to resign over financial deficiencies” – failing to provide ‘true and fair’ accounts https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/leicesters-hospitals-broke-law-illegally-4966784 https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/heads-must-roll-after-leicester-4961771

p. 8 “NHS staff hailed by patient panel” https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/emotional-open-letter-leicestershires-nhs-4955436

 p. 9 “January ‘the worst month yet’ at hospitals”, subtitled “Treating more than twice as many as during first wave https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/january-very-most-difficult-month-4966953

p. 12 NATIONAL “Vaccine will ‘give economy a boost’”

p. 16 “’No evidence yet that South African strain is in city” – with warning that it might be; 70% now Kent variant https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/no-evidence-south-african-covid-4960401

 Thursday 4th

p. “Ex-managers reported over a £46m hole in hospitals trust finances” – after NAO report https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/former-top-leicester-nhs-bosses-4958990

p. 12 NATIONAL “Jabs for variants ‘ready by autumn’”

 p. 15 a letter by Joleta Meakin under “Desensitised but angry still at the loss of life”

p. 16 “How transplant success is urging more to register” – Bharat Patel

p. 17 an appeal for Covid plasma donations

p. 6 “’Multiple failings’ found at care home during coronavirus outbreak” – Curtis Weston House, Wigston, Leicestershire County Care Ltd. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/inspectors-uncover-multiple-mistakes-covid-4958874

p. 7 “Outbreak of virus at prison” – HMP Stocken

Wednesday 3rd

 p. 6 “Covid case rates drop in the city and county” – but still high

p 7 “Majority seeking Covid cash help turned down” – the £500, only about 1/3 of applications granted https://www.pressreader.com/uk/leicester-mercury/20210203/281599538178868

all letters on p. 15 are about lockdown and immunisation, except one by the Leicester Mercury Patients’ Panel under “Tribute to all those working in the NHS see Feb 5th

Tuesday 2nd

p. 7 “150 coronavirus cases in schools so far this term” – with fewer than 10% of children in school; nearly 2/3 of the cases in staff

p 12 NATIONAL, brief “Extra doses ordered” – Valneva Vaccine, for 2022

 p. 12 “   “Thousands need SA variant test”

 p. 15 three letters on Covid:

G Albertella under “Stop the gloating, it is not a ‘race’ to be won” – good letter

Elspeth Montague under “All in it together, are we? Like The Queen?” – 91-year-old mother not yet offered vaccination

Vanessa Smith under “City people deserving of a global memorial”

 p. 16 “Drug hope for cancer patients” – immunotherapy for mesothelioma

Monday 1st February

p. 6 “More walk-in centres to open” – to test key workers in city regularly

pages 10 and 11 “We’re used to dealing with death, but not on this scale” – Covid’s effect on crematoria, funeral- and bereavement services

12 NATIONAL, brief “Self-harm cases rise”

 12 “England lockdown ‘must ease slowly” – Dr Susan Hopkins

p. 16 “Cancer centre expands thanks to £1.2m boost” – raised by Hope Against Cancer

Sat 30 January

Rapid Covid-19 testing centres for essential workers opening in Leicester city centre and Eyres Monsell

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/rapid-covid-19-testing-centres-4947262

How Leicester and county district coronavirus rates now compare with the rest of England the city has risen to 38th place in a list of all 315 English council areas based on infection rates

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/how-leicester-county-district-coronavirus-4947129

pages 1 and 4 “Hospital appealed with Hope – and you delivered” – Glenfield’s appeal for a ventilator raised money for two plus

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-childrens-hospital-blown-away-4941484

p. 2 “Firms given warnings for breaches in lockdown rules Charnwood – unnamed

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/businesses-charnwood-given-warnings-staying-4938639

p. 5 Praise for fall in borough’s virus rate of infection” – Oadby and Wigston

p. 6 two items on Covid arriving in Leicester a year ago

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicesters-potential-patient-zero-reflects-4941946

p. 7 “100,00 Covid jabs given” – Leicestershire and Rutland

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/more-100k-covid-jabs-given-4943155

p. 7 “Bookable vaccination slots all now taken up”

p, 10 “At the height of the first wave, we had 206 patients with Covid. Right now, we have more than 450” – Leicester Hospitals https://www.pressreader.com/uk/leicester-mercury/20210130/281655372746928

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Concern for groups” – ethnic minorities, young adults and women shunning the vaccine

p. 12 “Trial shows J&J jab 66% effective”

p. 13 WORLD “EU and Astra Zeneca publish vaccine deal” – row over shortage

p. 15 a letter by Robert Ball under “NHS must not become part of US trade deal”

p. 16 “’I very much hope that we’re not back to square one’” – upgrade of Hinckley’s hospital facilities

  Friday 29th

p. 5 “Doc saved my life…” story of praise for consultant who rushed in on his day off

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/young-leicestershire-mums-praise-hero-4932791

p. 6 “Rapid test centre opens” – in Blaby

 p. 7 “Hospital deaths pass 1,000 – Covid deaths in Leicester, 84 last week

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/hundreds-new-covid-cases-last-4940531

p. 7 “Sharp spike in cases seen in one city area” – Thurnby Lodge

 p. 12 NATIONAL “’No interruption’ to vaccine supply” – Michael Gove

p. 15 another letter demanding more fining of rule-breakers

p. 11 “Closure ‘devastating, but lessons learned’” director of Leicestershire County Care Ltd. At scrutiny commission’s enquiry into The Limes, Hinckley

p. 25 a full-page NHS plea for people to stick to the rules

Thursday 28th

p. 3 “Covid jab site opens at town hospital” – Feilding Palmer, Lutterworth

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/new-coronavirus-vaccination-centre-opens-4935010

p. 6 “GP surgeries use explained” – why some, but not others offer vaccinations

p. 6 “Bookings new being taken for first jabs” – for those eligible but not yet invited

p. 7 “Lockdown rule flouters ‘embarrasment for city’”

p. 7 “New centre opening to deliver the vaccines” – Peepul Centre

p.8 NATIONAL “England’s schools shut until March 8”

p. 15 six letters on the pandemic etc.:

L Measom under “Please take advantage of vaccination ‘day out’” – go and have it

Suresh Chauhan under “Contrasting fortunes of two similar countries” – UK v. Germany

Philip Trenchman under “Housebound in danger of missing their turn” – esp. If they cannot drive to Birmingham

Unnamed under “Disrespected by Britain they helped to build” – vaccine refuser allegedly told to leave her care home (told by a friend)

Wednesday 27th

p. 12 “NATIONAL “Covid death toll passes 100,000”

p. 15 a  letter by Malcolm Hunter under “More compensation help should be provided” – to help people isolate

p. 15 an unnamed letter under “Serious consequences need to be highlighted” – rule-breaking should be more strictly policed and fined

   

 Tuesday 26th

16-page ‘Memory Lane’ supplement, issue 1, all on the NHS

Pages 1 and 4 and 1 item p. 6 are about Covid rule breaking incidents

p. 6 “Actors help medics give bad news over phone to loved ones” – training

p. 7 “More mortuary space sought by authorities” – because of Covid – and “Free travel to vaccine centres for vulnerable” – Hinckley

p. 12 NATIONAL “Reopening schools ‘is the top priority’” – PM

p. a15 a letter by David Mathers, in response to G Albertello, under “Delaying second dose means more protected”

Monday 25th

Pages 1 (headlines only), 4 and 5

“Community leaders counter fake news about vaccine” – in mosques and temples

“Testing centres forced to shut and staff sacked” – various issues

“’Excellent start to vaccination programme’ as over 50k get jab” – and more since

“MP seeks hand sanitizer review” – Andrew Bridgen asks for quality controls and better info

p. 12 NATIONAL “’Lifting lockdown is a long way off’” – Matt Hancock

p. 16/17 all about vaccine trial volunteers