Coronavirus Updates in Oxfordshire

All the latest updates on coronavirus from across Oxfordshire.

 

LATEST UPDATES FROM THE JACK NEWS TEAM

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 9:04am

We're staying in to “flatten the curve”, but lockdown is doing more than you think ...

Air pollution has more than HALVED in parts of Oxford since March 23rd.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2020 6:06am

OXFAM: Economic fallout from coronavirus could push half a billion more people into poverty

The Oxford-based charity says urgent action's needed to support developing countries.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 3:38pm

Didcot postal workers walk out after staff member catches coronavirus

They say the Broadway site wasn't thoroughly cleaned after their colleague went off ill.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 1:41pm

Oxford Uni: Lack of blood samples hampering ability to find antibody test

Professor Sir John Bell said the team has struggled to get them from Public Health England.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 6:00am

Campaign launched to give NHS heroes in Oxfordshire morale-boosting packs

Oxford Health Charity is asking for donations like hand creams, energy bars and specialty teas.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 3:05pm

Man jailed for breaching coronavirus rules in Oxfordshire 

Simba Munyoro, from Milton Keynes, claimed to be moving a bed for a key worker on Saturday.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 2:14pm

Big construction projects in Oxford paused due to coronavirus

It includes the £100 million redevelopment of Blackbird Leys.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 6:05am

Oxford company uses AI to identify Coronavirus cases more effectively

For the tech to work, Zegami is asking local hospital trusts to provide Covid-19 x-rays.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 6:00am

Covid-19 antibody test `at least a month away´ says Oxford expert

The Government will be asking for refunds from companies that can't improve the failed tests.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020, 10:16pm

Coronavirus: Oxfordshire MPs thoughts with Boris Johnson in intensive care

The Prime Minister’s condition has worsened, Downing Street has said.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:35pm

Grove-based F1 team ROKiT Williams have put “a number of employees” on furlough

The team's drivers and senior management will take a 20% pay cut.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 4:31pm

Anneliese Dodds has been speaking to Jack following her appointment as Shadow Chancellor.

The Oxfordshire MP says her priority is to provide businesses with the support they need during the pandemic.

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 7:44am

Thames Valley Police stop a 'large number of people' out taking non-essential journeys this weekend

That included a man who was driving to jet wash his mother’s patio!

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Monday, April 6th, 2020 6:14am

John Radcliffe staff to get free meals, organised by the former boss of McLaren F1

Deliveries will start at the Oxford Hospital today.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2020 11:02am

Oxfordshire man jailed for coughing at police officer

He said he had coronavirus.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 4:45pm

Some sad news this afternoon, a temporary mortuary is being created in Oxfordshire 

It's being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park, with enough space to store up to 1,480 bodies.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 2:35pm

VIDEO: 16 people charged for breaking new coronavirus lockdown laws in Thames Valley

The Chief Constable says "a lot of it is to do with people not having a reasonable excuse" for being out.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2020 11:13am

New sensors used to monitor COVID-19 patients at Oxford hospital

The wearable technology aims to "reduce the burden on nursing staff."

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 4:12pm

Oxford City Council gives out first wave of small business “coronavirus grants"

The local authority has given out £170,000 to 17 businesses in the first batch.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 2:01pm

Oxford Tube services to be temporarily suspended

Passenger numbers have significantly dropped following Government measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 4:08pm

Coronavirus: Oxford distillery swaps gin for hand sanitiser

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is making it for care homes and hospitals in Oxfordshire during the outbreak. 

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 12:20pm

A group of local NHS workers are doing their bit to get hold of in-demand PPE items, like masks.

The team from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford are collecting unused items to deliver to local hospitals.

They're also raising money to buy more PPE and have set a target of £250,000.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 7:05am

Oxford experts suggest app to alert people if they’ve been close to someone with coronavirus

The Government is apparently assessing whether it could work.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:05pm

The latest episode of JACK's Viral Podcast is out - featuring key workers, business experts and a jolly good farmer chap!

Listen to it here, listen to it there, or grab it from whatever place you normally get your podcasts from.

 

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 2:20pm

Emergency appeal: Thames Valley Air Ambulance needs face masks, gloves and aprons

It's struggling to get the equipment to protect its doctors, pilots and patients.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 7:36am

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Trading Standards says con-artists are taking advantage of the situation...

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Monday, March 30th, 2020 1:13pm

People dying of Covid-19 today caught it a month ago, Oxford expert warns

He also thinks that if we follow social distancing the increase in deaths will stop.

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Monday, March 30th, 2020 6:15am

Oxfam asks governments for £130 billion to prevent millions of coronavirus deaths

The Oxford-based charity has a 5-point plan to help less-economically developed nations.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020 12:31pm

Oxford Uni to start recruiting for Covid-19 vaccine trials

It needs up to 510 healthy volunteers.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020 7:13am

90% reduction in passenger numbers on Oxfordshire buses

Oxford City Council is calling on the Government to step in and support them.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020 6:05am

 

A part-time doctor, who is also one of the co-founders of an Oxfordshire business selling shandy, says it's been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Shandy Shack in Bampton relies on summer festivals to make its money, but with so many cancelled, the company's had to shift its focus to online deliveries. 

Hear from Tom Stevens, one of the company's three founders, on air in the news this morning (27/03)

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 6:19 pm

NHS staff in Oxfordshire to get free parking

Hospital parking charges are being suspended due to the Coronavirus.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 6:27pm

Police expect a rise in domestic abuse and fraud in Oxfordshire

The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police is expecting a spike in those crimes during the lockdown.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 11.42am

Oxford City Council to find hotel rooms for homeless

The local authority wants to find rooms for up to 100 people.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 7:09am

Oxford hospital trust appeals for more staff during Coroavirus pandemic

You don't need to have previous experience.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 6:22pm

Henley Royal Regatta has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers say the decision will have 'significant' financial implications.

 

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:18pm

Bicester Village has been temporarily CLOSED following latest government guidelines.

 Westgate Oxford has also 'largely' closed and says only 'essential shops' - like Sainsbury's and Superdrug - are open. 

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 3:03pm

There's a virus going round. So what'll happen with your bins. Find out about rubbish from JACK.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 3:12pm

First UK patients enrolled in Oxford clinical trial of possible Covid-19 treatments

The trial is currently running at two hospitals with seven patients.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:15am

PC Andrew Harper murder trial collapses due to coronavirus

The jury in the Old Bailey trial has been discharged.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 10:45am

Oxford University Hospitals: Visitors banned with few exceptions

The NHS Trust is enforcing stricter rules to help fight the spread of Covid-19.

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Friday, March 20th, 2020 11:58am

Vans for Bands hope to lend buses to NHS staff

The Kidlington based company want to offer their vehicles as a place for Oxfordshire nurses and doctors to rest.

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Friday, March 20th, 2020 12:31pm

Five Coronavirus help hubs are being set up in Oxford

Volunteers will deliver food and medical supplies to vulnerable people.

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Friday, March 20th, 2020 7:08am

Clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine could begin next month

Public Health England will start evaluating the drug next week.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2020 11:58am

Coronavirus: New Oxford-developed test gives results in 30 minutes

Experts say the new method of testing is three times faster than others

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 3:11pm

Oxford Bus Company to change timetables from Monday

Managers say weekend service patterns are “likely” to replace regular routes for the time being.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:25am

Oxford Uni: New "app" could trace COVID-19 carriers

Scientists say creating an app that can trace people who have been exposed to coronavirus is 'feasible.'

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 7:45am

Oxfordshire pubs and breweries launch home deliveries

You can now get beer bought to YOU in some parts of the county.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 6:00am

As covid-19 continues to spread, schools are taking measures to keep staff and pupils safe.

They are continuing to monitor government advice in this rapidly-changing situation, to prioritise everyone's wellbeing.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 8:22am

The Boat Race Company says "the public good far outweighs all other considerations".

This year's event, scheduled for March 29, would have staged the 166th men's race and the 75th women's race between crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities.

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Monday, March 16th, 2020 10:55am

Oxford University Hospitals has limited visitors to one per patient and is restricting visiting hours to 4pm to 7pm, with immediate effect.

The NHS Trust says only person will be able to accompany patients to into Emergency Departments at the JR and Horton General, at Emergency Assessment Units, outpatient departments, antenatal scans and imaging appointments.

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Friday, March 13th, 2020 1:59pm

Undergraduates have been advised not to stay in the city, to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. 

The Vice-Chancellor has emailed staff and students this afternoon, to say they are putting the "health and welfare of staff and students first."

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