Welcome to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page, which is regularly updated. We are still bringing you the latest news on air, alongside a Coronavirus Update at 5:30pm every Friday evening, which has been running since March 2020.
For the Gateway Response page, click here.
Here’s the latest Coronavirus Update with Johnny Jenkins:
Johnny is on air every Friday at 5:30pm and on Sunday mornings from 9-12 with the latest news.
559 Basildon residents have died with COVID-19, a total which has risen by 2 in the past week. (As of 24th September).
461 Thurrock residents have died with COVID-19, a total which has risen by 2 in the past week. (As of 24th September).
Our thoughts are with the friends and family suffering from their loss. You can find the latest government figures by clicking here.
The trend of coronavirus cases in Basildon is increasing. The rate per 100k population is at 202.6 (As of 24th September).
The trend of coronavirus cases in Thurrock is decreasing. The rate per 100k population is at 207.4 (As of 24th September).
Both are below the national average
Hospital admissions across Mid and South Essex (Basildon, Broomfield and Southend) are down 5.9% on last week. (As of 19th September).
You can find the latest government figures by clicking here.
Across Mid and South Essex (Basildon, Broomfield and Southend), 1,635,104 vaccines have been distributed. 851,268 are first dose vaccines and 783,836 are second dose vaccines. (As of 23rd September)
These figures are updated weekly, on Thursdays. Data is available here.
Vaccines are currently being distributed. Any adult can book their two doses on the NHS website or by calling the free phone number 119.
Johnny spoke to the Vaccines Minister to dispel some myths. Click here to listen.
Johnny spoke to Gateway presenter Ros Connors about her vaccination experience:
Vaccines are safe and effective, but there may be some side effects.
Free asymptomatic testing is available for all. You are encouraged to get tested twice weekly. Book home delivery tests and find out more at nhs.uk.
If you experience a cough, fever or change in smell/taste, then you should isolate for 10 days and book a test. Unless your social contacts are double jabbed or under the age of 18, your social contacts should isolate for 10 days.
Johnny Jenkins discussed the government guidance with Tim Sharpe, who is a part of the SAGE committee, which advises the government on emergencies:
All shops are open. In busy indoor environments, you are encouraged to wear a face covering.
Shops at Basildon Market are open. We encourage you to support local businesses.
Our Kelly’s Diary service has returned. Hear it on air every weekday or visit gateway978.com/local/events
The Towngate Theatre, in Basildon, has postponed all shows for the foreseeable future. Shows are being rescheduled. To get the latest Towngate information, listen to the weekly update on Drivetime on Fridays at 16:40.
Essex Coronavirus Action group
The Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group owners to provide three main services during the Covid-19 outbreak.
For more information on the action group, click here.
Mental health and wellbeing
Isolation can be a very difficult experience. If you are struggling, our friends at the Happy Hub have a lot of resources on their Facebook page. Just click here.
Be sure to check this page regularly for updates and for all the latest information, tune in to our Coronavirus Update every Friday evening at 5:30pm.