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Council prepares for a 'significant number of deaths' in the Duchy

Council prepares for a 'significant number of deaths' in the Duchy

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:52pm 26th March 2020. (Updated at 6:13pm 26th March 2020)

Emergency plans are being put in place by Cornwall Council to prepare for a significant number of deaths from Coronavirus. 

In a press conference on Thursday, Council leader, Cllr Julian German said it is preparing cemeteries and setting up a temporary mortuary facility to cope with the pressures on the system. 

“Consequently, we’re making preparations in our cemeteries for burials. We’re also setting up a temporary mortuary facility to cope with additional pressure on the system.

“We’re making these arrangements in a calm and measured way. I’m not prepared to give details at this time; however, we would stress that the gravity of these preparatory actions reinforces the measures to all of our communities, of the importance of observing social distancing and following the Government’s instructions to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. “

Cllr. Julian German

Small businesses in Cornwall were also mentioned in the meeting. The council said businesses should be able to claim for a relief grant in the coming days. The local authority has been granted £218m from central government so it can pay businesses who are eligible, grants of £10,000 or £25,000. 

Chief Executive at Cornwall Council, Kate Kennally also confirmed that self-employed people in the Duchy will be able to claim grant funding as of next week. Those who are eligible will receive a letter, however, if you don't receive a letter before the 6th April, and believe you are entitled to it, you can contact the local authority on their website. 

Kate Kennally, chief executive Cornwall Council
Kate Kennally, Chief Executive Cornwall Council

She said she understood the utmost importance of keeping the small business economy of Cornwall moving and will be getting the money out as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, the council also said it is setting up a new campaign to help recruit volunteers in the Adult Social Care sector. 

It is open to anyone who used to be a carer, someone who is studying to be a carer or anyone who possesses the skill set to support vulnerable people in their own homes. 

It's after day centres across the Duchy were closed amid the UK lockdown. 

Anyone who would like to become a volunteer or would like to keep up to date with coronavirus-related issues in the county. Visit the Cornwall Council website here.


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