Coronavirus Live Blog: Saturday, March 21

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Saturday, March 21

Published at 10:38am 21st March 2020. (Updated at 8:25pm 21st March 2020)

Saturday's live updates, local information and light relief as Cornwall battles Coronavirus.

It's Gareth and Libby here with you this weekend.

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Live updates will load below:



The Cornish Arms are serving Mother's Day roast dinners to go! 

Having stocked up ready to serve customers with many roast dinners on Mother's Day, the Cornish Arms are now serving them up for takeaway after having to shut, adhering to Government guidelines.

Jack Stein explains in this video posted to the pubs facebook page.



Four people have died from Coronavirus in Cornwall 

It has been confirmed that four people have died from coronavirus in Cornwall.
The patients all had underlying health conditions are were over 70.

They had been treated at Treliske hospital and tested positive for Covid-19.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says that thoughts and condolences are with the families.

“Sadly, we can confirm that four patients who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died this week.

"The patients were all over 70 and had underlying health conditions.

"Their families have been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time. Out of respect for their privacy we will not be commenting further.”

A Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spokesperson




Paul Ainsworth restaurants to temporarily close, but Caffè Rojano and The Mariner's Public House will serve food to most vulnerable

In a statement made today, Paul Ainsworth announced the temporary closures of his restaurants, however made a pledge to help feed those most vulnerable in their local area.

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister announced that all food and beverage outlets across the UK were to close for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. This means that Paul Ainsworth at No6, Caffè Rojano, The Mariners Public House, the Padstow Townhouse and Mahé Cookery School and Chef's Table are now closed.  

Our priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our guests and our team, and we will continue to do everything we can to support our Cornish family during this difficult time. 

Reservation lines are now closed but if you have any enquiries or would like to purchase a gift voucher to use once we re-open then please contact us at

We are making hot food regularly to help the most vulnerable people in our local area (eg the elderly, those self-isolating, those in financial hardship) within the Rock and Padstow communities.  This is free and available to collect from 12-3pm from either Caffè Rojano in Padstow, and The Mariners Public House in Rock.  Please check on our website and on our social media for regular food updates.

Lastly, a massive thank you to our incredible guests for your continued support over the last 13 years. We can’t wait to welcome you all back again soon but in the meantime, keep well and stay safe. 

Lots of love from Paul, Emma and the whole Ainsworth Family Team



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The Bearded Brewery create a cider drive through

In response to social distancing, the independent cider brewers, and award winning, Bearded Brewery have changed their set up into a drive through - limiting contact for people in their quest for cider.

Find them at Tresawle Farm, St Mawgan.

Here's what's on offer, if you fancy a little look at the menu...

The Bearded Brewery



Italian doctors warn COVID-19 can make young people seriously ill

Doctors in Italy have warned against the misconception that young people will not suffer as badly as the elderly from COVID-19.

It comes as the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said young people are "not invincible" and can still die from coronavirus or be confined to hospital "for weeks".

Dr Antonio Pesenti, the head of Lombardy's intensive crisis care unit, said many younger people were being admitted to hospital with severe cases of the coronavirus.

"50% of our patients in the intensive care unit, which are the most severe patients, are over 65 years old," he said.

"But that means that the other 50% of our patients are younger than 65.

"We have patients who are 20 years old or 30 years old, quite a few, and those are severe like the old ones."

Dr Pesenti said that in his experience the only difference between the two groups was that "younger people are usually healthier, so they survive more."



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Number of COVID-19 deaths in UK rises by 53 to 233

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 233 after 53 more fatalities were announced in England.

Wales's death toll has risen to five, Scotland's now stands at seven and Northern Ireland's remains at one.

NHS England said patients were aged between 41 and 94 and all had underlying health conditions.

The latest figures come after Boris Johnson ordered the shutdown of cafes, pubs, restaurants and gyms as efforts were ramped to halt the spread of coronavirus.

It coincided with a warning by the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that young people are "not invincible" and can still be killed by the infection or be confined to hospital "for weeks".


Community Help Map

Callestick Farm:

✨ Cornish Pasty & Ice Cream Deliveries ✨

During this challenging time when people are isolated in their homes, we want to offer a service that puts a smile on your family's face, Making these challenging times that little bit better ❤️

We are offering a range of frozen Cornish pasties, sausage rolls and our Callestick Farm ice cream 500ml and 1 litre tubs. However if you wish to stock up and go bigger on our ice cream, our full range of sizes and flavours are open to you🍦 Gluten free pasties available.

We would like to reassure you that our staff will be taking all the necessary hygienic measures to make this as safe as possible and can leave orders on the doorstep if requested.

Next day delivery available for certain areas. (Please see the map) Please call our farm office on 01872 573126 to place your order. Thank you! ❤️



'COVIDIOT' Trending on twitter

In true twitter fashion, the public never hide away from a good pun.


 Panic buyers 'should be ashamed', says NHS boss  

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The top doctor at NHS England says that people whose panic buying has left healthcare workers unable to buy food should "be ashamed" of themselves.

Stephen Powis, national medical director at NHS England, urged people to think of struggling NHS staff dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

His comments come amid reports that people on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 have found it difficult to buy what they need after working long hours.

Mr Powis referred to a video posted on social media of a critical care nurse named Dawn, who was reduced to tears after being unable to find any fruit or vegetables in a supermarket.

He said: "Frankly we should all be ashamed that that has to happen - it's unacceptable. These are the very people that we all need to look after perhaps us or our loved ones in the weeks to come."





Seasalt stores to temporarily close

Online shopping, and customer services, will still be available.


John Lewis to shut all stores this coming Monday

For the first time in its 155 year history, all John Lewis stores will be shut from Monday the 23rd of March. Customers will be able to shop online as normal.


Expert says new symptoms could be loss of taste or smell

One of the country's leading Ear, Nose and Throat consultants has told Sky News there are new signs for detecting COVID-19 in patients.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) say asymptomatic patients - ones who do not have a fever or a cough - could show a loss of smell or taste as symptoms after contracting coronavirus.

It said in a statement: "Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas.

"We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate - again to reduce the spread of the virus."

Current Public Health England guidelines say that a high temperature or new continuous cough are the only symptoms to trigger self-isolation and stop the spread of COVID-19.



 8,000 more hospital beds and 20,000 extra staff join COVID-19 fight 

Nearly 20,000 fully qualified staff will join the NHS response to coronavirus after a deal with the private sector which will include 8,000 more hospital beds being made available.

National Health Service will also gain access to nearly 1,200 more ventilators and other critical care facilities that have come under intense pressure as the coronavirus crisis intensifies.

The deal will give the NHS access to 10,000 nurses, over 700 doctors and more than 8,000 other clinical staff.





Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Emergency Department and Ambulance staff share poignant message urging people to stay inside.

They're doing the most fantastic job, please think before you leave the house.




A huge thanks for our NHS is planned for the 26th of March

#ClapForOurCarers has been planned to help show as much support for our NHS as possible, whilst observing Government advice for social distancing. 



It's okay - Judy Dench is here to cheer us up


Shopping as Star Wars stormtroopers!

While some people are wearing masks as they mix with the public, one Star Wars fan has taken it one step further.

Rick Smith, a member of the Force For Charity group helping disadvantaged children, took to his local Cornish supermarket with an iconic movie helmet.

Accompanying his son Ryley, the pair scoured the aisles for food still left on shelves.

In September Rick will be doing a wingwalk to raise money for the True Butterflies Foundation, helping precious young lives affected by domestic abuse.

You can find out more in the Star Wars-themed video below.


Asda to donate £5 million to FareShare and the Trussell Trust

A message from Asda CEO Roger Burnley read:

These are the most extraordinary of times and whilst it has only been a few short days since I last wrote to you – so much has happened in that time. Every day I become more keenly aware of our responsibility to help feed the nation – both by keeping our shelves stocked and deliveries moving – and I am incredibly grateful to my colleagues in our shops and depots for their efforts. We also have the ability to support our communities by providing employment to those whose jobs have been impacted by this crisis, and by supporting our charity partners to help the most vulnerable in our communities. 

We know that foodbanks are in need more than ever in these unprecedented times, which is why we will be donating £5 million to our partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust to help the country’s most vulnerable people through COVID-19. 

The extensive package of measures will provide over 4 million meals to families in food poverty impacted by Coronavirus as well as giving more than 3,000 charities the ability to access free food over the next 3 months as they fight to tackle the impacts of Coronavirus in their communities. The donation will help the two food distribution charities as they experience a huge increase in demand over the coming months, as more vulnerable people turn to food banks for help through COVID-19. 

The funding will also continue the work of the Fight Hunger Create Change partnership between Asda and the two charities by helping tackle the root causes of poverty through supporting 800,000 people over the next year with debt and financial advice. 


Free audiobooks from Audible

Audible has made hundreds of titles free during the Coronavirus crisis

Audiobooks such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Winnie The Pooh and Peter Rabbit have been made available.

Audible made the decision to release a mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids," it said.

"People are at home, in many cases with children home from school, and that stories have the power to entertain, teach and to keep minds active, alert, and engaged.”

No log-ins, credit card or passwords are required. Just download for free.



Trevaskis Farm now offering a takeaway service


St Moritz closed until further notice



Daily jokes with Jason Manford

To lighten your day, comedian Jason Manford has taken up the gauntlet to do daily jokes - the first one doesn't disappoint!







View this post on Instagram










#DailyJokes #ThisOnesForTheKids #KeepLaughing

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Social distancing doesn't mean emotional distancing

Tregenna Castle Resort

Tregenna Castle Resort closes due to Coronavirus

Tregenna Castle Resort is to close its doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The hotel in St Iveswill temporarily close its doors from 11am tomorrow (Sunday 22nd) and will reopen 'when the time is right'. 

It follows the Government's social distancing advice. 

Anyone with concerns about existing bookings is urged to contact the hotel. 





UK cases surpass 4,000



The correct way to wash your hands

This easy explainer video is going viral on twitter *goes to sink and re-washes hands*


Cutty Sark Restaurant & Bar in Marazion are offering their perishable produce for sale this afternoon

If you're in the area and need something, go go go!


Cleaning your Ambulance Covid-19 style

Even when times get tough, the spirit of those on our frontline is just *clapping hands emoji*.

This guy has gone viral for his 10/10 Freddie Mercury.


This woman has been called a hero for her video message

(Warning: there is a mild swear word)


EPISODE 6: Pubs and public transport - what do we do?

Claire tries to understand what the PM was saying at his Thursday briefing



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Coronavirus Cases:












loo roll steal

Three arrested after police find stolen toilet paper in van

Three people have been arrested after dozens of stolen toilet rolls were discovered in a van by police.

Essex Police's operational support group tweeted: "Police officers always get a massive sense of satisfaction when we catch burglars, however we never expected to find this stolen loot in the boot.

Using the hashtag "ThatsHowWeRoll", it added: "Stolen items recovered and 3 arrested all within an hour of it being reported."



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Tesco creates thousands of jobs as Sainsbury's launches NHS-only shopping hours

Major supermarkets are trying to fill thousands of new jobs while creating golden hours for NHS workers to cope with surging demand.

Tesco, the UK's biggest grocer, is recruiting 20,000 temporary workers for at least the next 12 weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury's is following other supermarket chains and introducing a golden shopping hour for NHS and social care workers.

Sainsbury's says health care workers will be able to shop between 8am and 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, alongside elderly and vulnerable shoppers.





Police declare 'major incident' amid Covid-19 crisis

Police have declared a major incident in Cornwall and Devon amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The declaration has been made to ensure that all agencies across the Devon & Cornwall Local Resilience Forum are co-ordinated and working as effectively as possible at a time of critical need in our communities.

This work has already been on-going for some time, but due to the ever changing picture and Government guidance around COVID-19, it has been decided this is a proportionate step for police and partners to take.





Headland Hotel to close until 1st May

In an announcement made across their social media channels, the Headland Hotel revealed their plans to close as off Sunday the 22nd of March until the 1st of May. 


Coconut Organics

Coconut Organics offer free ice cream

The Cornish based ice cream brand are offering 1500 to the people of Cornwall, to help bring some joy to the community.

Coconut organics are looking for people in Cornwall who deserve a little pick me up. 

Whether that be foodbanks, schools still open for keyworker's children, care homes - they're trying to help share the love with as many people as possible.



How to donate to the Cornwall Coronavirus Emergency Appeal

The Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak is putting immense pressure on foodbanks and other small, frontline community groups supporting people most in need in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Demand is increasing as a result of work lay-offs and isolation from usual support networks. At the same time, food donations have reduced due to stockpiling and local charities cannot get out in their communities to do their usual fund raising.

The Cornwall Coronavirus Emergency Appeal has been launched to enable people to donate, safe in the knowledge that their donation will be used to help Cornish people feed their families and survive during the Coronavirus crisis.





Cornish doctors start suspending all routine GP appointments

Pirate FM understands some Cornish GP surgeries have begun suspending routine appointments.

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Tourists travelling to Cornwall putting lives at risk




Rick Stein thanks staff as he closes restaurants

The chef has several restaurants across Cornwall.

 He says Coronavirus is so serious that the government is doing the right thing.

 "I really think we'll be back," he says.

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Devon and Cornwall Police 'stupidly busy' because of Coronavirus beer giveaway causing fights

Mike Newton is a Control Room Supervisor for Devon and Cornwall Police.

 Here's what he had to say about an incident last night:


Self-isolation, Cornish style, with the Kernow King Ed Rowe





Can you help veterans?



jubilee pool

TODAY: Free food for local residents at Jubilee Pool cafe

The Jubilee Pool Cafe in Penzance is closing temporarily because of the outbreak - and they're giving away food so it doesn't go to waste.
The takeaway counter will be open on Saturday with soup, tortillas and tarts to hand out.
It is restricted to one item each.
Here's what the cafe team said on Facebook:
A little ray of sunshine...Due to the temporary closure of Jubilee Pool Café, we have some perishable items which should not go to waste. We have thought about how best to utilise these ingredients for our community whilst also following Government guidance.From 11am on Saturday 21st March, we will be opening our Café takeaway counter to offer the following items free of charge Penzance residents.Butternut, carrot and coconut soup with a slice of St Ives Bakery Sourdough (vg)Or Vegetable tortilla (v) (gf)OrSpinach and mushroom tart (v)We have very limited amounts and would like them to go to those in genuine need.However, should anyone wish to make a small donation it will be used in full to buy more produce and takeaway packaging from local suppliers to hopefully enable us to repeat this.This is for takeaway only. Sadly, we do not currently have a facility to deliver items. For everyone’s health, we ask that you please leave the site once you have collected your items and not use the outside tables.There will be no toilet facilities available on site, but public toilets are located close by.We don’t have much, so please be considerate and understand why it’s one item each. This way we can brighten the day for as many people as possible.Jubilee Pool Café



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