GDA Coronavirus update - 3rd April 2020

GDA Coronavirus update - 3rd April 2020

Watch a BSL video of this daily update by clicking here.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, held the briefing this evening. Here is a round-up of the main points discussed with additional information relating to Gloucestershire and GDA:

Main government points:

  • Sadly 3,605 people have died because of the Coronavirus, an increase of 684 people. Our thoughts go to all the families who have lost loved ones.
  • The Queen will make a televised address to the nation on Sunday 5th April at 8pm
  • NHS Nightingale in London has now opened, offering up to 4,000 beds to help save lives
  • Further temporary NHS hospitals will be set up in Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Harrogate, Glasgow and Belfast
  • 7,000 NHS staff have been tested for COVID-19
  • Thank you to everyone who has stayed home. You are helping to save lives.


  • The number of people who have died as a result of Coronavirus, has now reached 208 - up 36 from the previous day
  • The University of Gloucestershire are offering accommodation to NHS workers in Cheltenham and Gloucester, in unoccupied halls of residence
  • Nearly 100 homeless people in Gloucestershire have been found accommodation during the Coronavirus situation


  • GDA is proud to support the #whereistheinterpreter campaign, which is seeking more Sign Language Interpreter provision on announcements relating to the Coronavirus situation. Please watch and share the video we have posted below.
  • Don't forget to join Reg and Yvonne Cobb, aka the Deaf Phil and Holly, live on the sofa tomorrow at 7pm on the GDA Facebook page - please do join in some Saturday night fun
  • We'll be launching our signed children's bedtime stories on Tuesday 7th April. Go to the GDA Facebook at 6pm to watch our first story.

Please remember to stay at home this weekend. The weather looks to be warm but it is more important now than ever, that we continue to stay at home.

Stay safe everyone,