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a new continuous cough
loss/change in your normal sense of smell or taste
ONE more patient with coronavirus has died at a York NHS trust hospital, taking the total number of deaths to 190. Two more deaths were reported yesterday, but there were no reported deaths on Saturday and just one on both Thursday and Friday last week. The trust said this afternoon that of the 190 deaths within the trust, 113 had happened at York Hospital.
The current death rate has seen a recent decline although the NHS are cautious about drawing too many conclusions from the dip.
There was some excitement last week when the government announced extra funding to tackle “pothole” repairs. The top line figure bandied around was an increase of £5.6 million.
That would have effectively doubled the York Councils highway repairs budget.
It turns out that this included already committed grants which have already been allocated to cover this years repairs programme.
The actual new money increase is £1.8 million.
Even this is not additional money. As the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation has now made clear, it is simply expenditure being re categorised.
It is not the first time that a government has announced the same spending decision on multiple occasions.
Still a substantial sum but, to put it into context, last year the Council spent £1/2 million just repairing one street (Stonegate).
The sooner the Council comes up with proposals – including the use of funds delegated to wards – for the resurfacing programme for this year the better.
Roads will only get busier as the virus threat recedes and people get back to their more normal lifestyles. Road closures and subsequent delays later in the year could impede the City’s economic recovery.