The fourth plane load of medical supplies and equipment is due from China this weekend and is being hailed as the most important one of all. next Saturday a plane will leave Shanghai where 700 cubic meters of cargo will be loaded , which means a shipment of 60 tons of material essential to fight coronavirus.
On this fourth flight, President Puig has remarked that “we want there to be respirators, but I cannot guarantee it at the moment.” The head of the Consell also said he could not commit to the arrival of any type of material due to the “stress” of the Chinese market, although he has highlighted the good functioning of the channels opened by the Generalitat
Wimbledon organisers have just announced the cancellation of the 2020 tournament. Speculation earlier in the week suggested that the tournament may be cancelled but confirmation was not given until the news was announced at around 5pm today.
A statement on the event’s website reads:
“It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.
Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.
Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK. This has enabled analysis of the impact of the Government restrictions on the usual commencement in April of the significant preparations required to stage The Championships, either on the original date of 29 June, or at a later date in the summer of 2020.
These considerations are particularly related to the concerns brought about by mass gatherings and the strain on the medical and emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions both within the UK and around the world. With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.
Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Championships. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.
In addition, we have taken account of the impact that this decision will have on those who rely on The Championships – including the players and the tennis community in Britain and around the world – and we are developing plans to support those groups, working in partnership with the LTA and the other leadership bodies in global tennis. This also applies to our loyal staff, to whom we take our responsibility very seriously.
Ian Hewitt, AELTC Chairman, commented: “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen. It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”
Richard Lewis CBE, AELTC Chief Executive, commented: “While in some ways this has been a challenging decision, we strongly believe it is not only in the best interests of society at this time, but also provides certainty to our colleagues in international tennis given the impact on the grass court events in the UK and in Europe and the broader tennis calendar. We have appreciated the support of the LTA, and the ATP, WTA and ITF in coming to this decision, and our friends and partners who stage these grass court events that are so important in the build up to Wimbledon. I would like to thank the UK Government and public health authorities for their guidance and support, and we will do whatever we can to assist their efforts in tackling the crisis.
“Finally, I would like to thank all those who love Wimbledon for their understanding of these unique and unquestionably challenging circumstances. It is your passion for The Championships that has shaped our event over the years, and will continue to do so, and we look forward to preparing a fantastic Championships for 2021.”
Our efforts will now be focused on contributing to the emergency response and supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. We have begun distributing medical equipment and offered the use of our facilities to the NHS and to the London Resilience Partnership, the collection of agencies in London fighting the battle against COVID-19. We are working with the local authorities in Merton and Wandsworth, particularly on food distribution, and we are distributing food supplies through our partnership with City Harvest.
Our charity, the Wimbledon Foundation, is offering funding support to our local communities through our partnership with the London Community Foundation, and more broadly for the London and UK population through our partnership with the British Red Cross, the Foundation’s emergency response charity.”
The General Hospital of Elche has discharged three more patients who have recovered from coronavirus after being hospitalised for several days. This brings the total number of recovered patients to be discharged successfully from Elche to five since the crisis began.
The total number of infections in Elche is not yet clear, as the Ministry refuses to provide data broken down by health department. According to the provincial figures, updated this morning (Wednesday), in Alicante there are 792 people currently in hospital with the virus, and the number of deceased has risen to 167.
Concern is growing as people continue to break the lockdown and head to the coast or the countryside. The sunny weather last weekend saw 3,700 people fined for heading to their second homes and police fear the same could happen this weekend. The main concern of course, is that any people movement will heighten the spread of the disease and increases cases in the beach-side communities.
It appears two-weeks into a full national lockdown people are still unaware of what constitutes an ‘essential reason’ to leave their home. The 112 emergency service line received a high number of calls on Saturday and Sunday from people reporting that neighbours had suddenly appeared at their holiday homes.
The fines were the result of spot checks on the roads and showed that around half of the drivers stopped turned out to be travelling without justification.
Guardia Civil in Pinoso have arrested a man who is believed to have coughed in the faces of supermarket workers and customers on purpose.
An argument broke out because the man did not want to wear the obligatory protective gloves.
The arrested man, a 59-year-old Spaniard, is alleged to have coughed the faces of several employees and customers of the local supermarket.
After being reprimanded for not putting on gloves, the man started coughing and said “here, I give you the virus to contaminate you.”
Once the Guardia Civil became aware of the incident, they proceeded to identify and arrest him, as the alleged perpetrator of serious acts against public health. After appearing at Novelda Duty Court, he was released to await trial, with a 200-metre restraining order for the supermarket workers.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical was recently handed $450 million to work on a preventative treatment for COVID-19 and the giant confirmed the coronavirus vaccine could roll out to the public by early 2021.
Now the company’s chief scientist says it will also spend $500 million as part of a $1 billion partnership with the U.S. government to research and produce a vaccine. And Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson, says it will start manufacturing this month before the vaccine has gone through clinical trials or been approved by the FDA. That’s in order to get large quantities of the vaccine ready to go to market early next year, if it’s given the green light by regulatory agencies.
“We have from the beginning decided we are going to do this not for profit so that the vaccine becomes affordable and available on a global scale as quickly as possible,” says Stoffels.
The Royal Naval Association Torrevieja branch at their AGM on 4th March 2020 continued with their ethos to support charities by making a financial donation this year to the MABS Charity (Cancer), Reach Out Charity (Homeless & Needy) and AFA Torrevieja (Alzheimer Charity).
Every year at the RNA Torrevieja Branch’s AGM the members vote on which charities are to receive the annual financial donation, which are to be different charities from the previous year. The list of Nominated Charities put forward by the members must include local charities.
The annual donation is from funds that are collected by the members during the year and is separate to the Food & Toiletries donation that are made annual at Christmas, which were to Reach Out and the Soup Kitchen in December 2019.
The branch shipmates are proud to maintain in a small way the naval tradition of welfare and support for those that are in peril or less fortunate.
MABS Cancer Support Fundación
The donation presentation was made on the 11th March 2020 outside their shop (see photo) in San Javier to Mike Downie, the MABS Area Co-ordinator by the RNA Torrevieja Branch Vice-Chairman Danny Kay and Branch Secretary Margaret Forshaw and branch members Rose Kay and Maureen Jenkins.
The MABS Cancer Support Fundación San Javier group aim is to help all people affected by cancer through various methods including information and practical support, including providing residential support for cancer patients in need of Respite or Hospice Care in a shared facility.
The group has supporters and branches from Valencia to Murcia and is entirely supported by dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers and through generous sponsorship, fundraising activities and financial and physical donations, including good condition home domestic appliances and heavy furniture, which are sold through their shop.
Further information on supporting or utilising the charity can be obtained at www.mabscancerfoundation.com, or by phoning General Enquiries: 615016035 or Patient Helpline: 693275779.
The donation presentation was made on the 13th March 2020 outside their shop (see photo) in Torrevieja to Dave Young, the Reach Out President by the RNA Torrevieja Branch Vice-Chairman Danny Kay and Branch Secretary Margaret Forshaw and branch members Rose Kay and Maureen Jenkins.
The charity has been going from strength to strength and are on their 4th stage of development. The first three have taken then through remodelling their facilities, utilising the adjoining property through the generous support of their landlord so that they could provide larger dedicated areas for the food distribution, shop, restaurant and storage facilities. This has enabled a better environment for the patrons and also importantly for their dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.
Their shop sells a vast array of items, all from donations, including household furniture, clothes and sports equipment.
Food is donated by official international resources, organisations and individuals which enables the charity to provide meals for the homeless and food parcels for families.
At Christmas in addition to food they provide a Special Pack to the homeless which includes such items as gloves, hat, scarf and socks.
Part of their service is providing Hot Meals/Showers/Laundry Facilities to the homeless & needy and on average they feed 45 individuals twice a day, which equates to over 17,000 meals a year with an average cost of €1300 per person/per year.
They help anyone in need, irrespective of race, creed or status and have also worked with international population in Spain (Americans, Italians etc). The number of homeless increases on average by 10% year, however January & February 2020 has seen a marked increase in these numbers.
With no financial support from the local or national government they are totally dependent on donations and sponsorship from organisations and individuals, to whom they are incredibly grateful.
Further information on supporting or utilising the charity can be obtained at www.reachouttorrevieja.eu, email; email@example.com or by phoning 965713063.
Association Alzheimer de Familiares/Amigo de Torrevieja
The donation presentation was made on the 13th March 2020 outside their facilities (see photo) in Torrevieja to Mario de Jesús Céspedes Villa who is one of the Vocal of the AFA Torrevieja by the RNA Torrevieja Branch Chairman Tony Jenkins, Vice-Chairman Danny Kay and Branch Secretary Margaret Forshaw along with branch members Rose Kay and Maureen Jenkins.
As a non-profit association, declared in the public interest to improve the quality of life of those with Alzheimer’s and those effected by other primary dementias and neurodegenerative illness associated with old age, they are also dedicated to represent those with Alzheimer’s and their relatives before the government and other institutions.
The AFA Torrevieja secure facilities provides a light and airy feel and are located within Torrevieja at what used to be the old train station and although their service and support is primarily aimed at their patrons it also benefits the patron’s families. There are many aspects to their services and along with information and advice for families they also provide Social programs, Dining area, Transport, Home help and Family respite.
Mario Villa de Jesus Cespedes, who has been with the association for 7 years, said “the Junta Directiva including the 7 Vocal (Board of Directors) are proud of the service they provide to the community and especially of their dedicated, caring and passionate staff”.
AFA Torrevieja are an Excmo. Ayuntamiento De Torrevieja and would not be able to provide the invaluable service to their patrons if it were not for the financial donations, gifts and sponsorship from organisations and individuals.
Further information on supporting or utilising the charity can be obtained at
www.afatorrevieja.es email: Info @afatorrevieja.es or phoning 966702500.
The Royal Naval Association Torrevieja Branch welcome military and non-military personnel into our socially friendly and engaging organization, contact: Chairman, Tony Jenkins on 693866709, Membership Secretary, Danny Kay on Tel 966716274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or the Secretary, Margaret Forshaw on Tel 966921996.
Or visit our website www.rnatorrevieja.com
Local Police in Alicante city have begun to control the duration of dog walks in the city. Officers will fine dog owners who spend more than 10 minutes walking their pets.
The new measures are being adopted after police began receiving complaints about people who go out for a walk with their dogs and “stay outside for the whole morning”. Officers will monitor the duration of walks where possible and will check that dog walkers are close to their homes and walking their pets alone.
Sánchez calls a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Sunday to approve the measure
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced on Saturday the total limitation of movements of 47 million people in Spain except those who work in what are considered “essential activities”. The Government is set to approve on Sunday, in an extraordinary sitting of the Council of Ministers, that all workers of non-essential activities stay at home for the next two weeks.
The total lockdown will apply from Monday 30th March to Thursday 9th April, both inclusive. “This measure will reduce, even more, the mobility of people, will decrease the risk of contagion and will allow us to decongest the ICUs,” remarked Sánchez, who recognized that these were “extremely harsh” measures.
Elche Local Police announced today (Friday) that officers will be using drones to monitor beaches and open spaces to ensure citizens are complying with the lockdown.
From this weekend, a high tech drone surveillance unit will be used by the team of officers to strengthen local surveillance.
A spokesperson for the police force revealed that the drone will serve as the eyes of the officers in monitoring areas which are difficult to police on foot.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, aged 55, has tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms – a temperature and persistent cough – over the last 24-hours. He did so on the advice of England’s Chief Medical officer and is the first major world leader known to have contracted the disease.
As per the UK guidelines he will now self-isolate at No 10 Downing Street but will ‘continue to lead the government’s response to coronavirus’.
Boris Johnson said: But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team, to lead the national fight back against coronavirus.”
With the most severe cases of coronavirus needing medical respirators there is huge strain on the supply and demand of this piece of equipment. Therefore, medics are looking for alternatives to help patients ease their breathing difficulties.
A group of ICU professionals from the HM Montepríncipe Hospital, with Dr. Alberto Rubio at the helm, is using a prototype based on diving goggles that would help patients admitted to the ICU who are unable to breathe on their own.
Decathlon, the manufacturer of these diving goggles, has already announced that it is blocking commercial sales of this item in order to allocate them entirely to the fight against the coronavirus.