News in Maldon

Social distancing:  Essex public health chief Dr Mike Gogarty is emphasising its continued importance

THE number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maldon district has dropped back down below the county average.

There have been seven confirmed cases in the district over the seven days up to yesterday (Friday, 2 October), equal to 10.8 per 100,000 population. That compares to 16.8 per 100,000 average for the Essex County Council area overall. The county has seen a total of 250 new cases in the last seven days.

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Julie Miller and Kyle Monk with the Viking sword

STANDING proud in a glass case, one of the first exhibits visitors to Maldon's Combined Military Services Museum will see is something of an emblem for the town.

The Viking sword, unearthed at a site somewhere in Heybridge, dates to the era of the Battle of Maldon in 991. Whether it was definitely used in the battle and who by - Viking or Saxon - are matters there can be no absolute certainty on, but it is the most likely real-life relic of the famous fight we have.

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The East of England Ambulance Service has been placed in special measures

A DAMNING report on the ambulance service covering Maldon reveals "poor leadership" that has led to failures to protect staff and patients from potential sexual abuse and fostered an internal culture of bullying and harassment.

The trust has been found to have failed to meet 12 aspects of its legal obligations in the shocking Care and Quality Commission (CQC) report published yesterday (Wednesday, 30 September).

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IT'S been another seven days of big news stories in Maldon, from news on what will happen when the Christmas lights are switched on in town this year, through to the district council's dismay at government proposals that could see the minimum targets for new housing each year double.

Here at Nub News we like to make your life easier so if you've missed any of the local news this week, don't worry.

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Stephanie Dawe, Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at Provide Community Interest Company

A report into an outbreak of a killer bug in patients from Maldon and other areas of mid-Essex last year (2019) has found the infection could have been picked up earlier in some of those who died.

Maldon patients were among those infected with the invasive Group A streptococcal (iGAS) bug in the outbreak between February and August last year. Some of the victims contracted the disease through skin ulcers or wounds that were being treated and dressed by community nurses.

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