Coronavirus Live Blog: Sunday 22nd March

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Sunday 22nd March

Published at 7:45am 22nd March 2020. (Updated at 9:10pm 22nd March 2020)

Sunday's live updates, local stories and light relief as Cornwall battles Coronavirus

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

If you have something we should be featuring, tweet us @piratefm or e-mail

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McDonalds to close all restaurants from the 23rd of March

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Londoners warned 'people will die' if they ignore social distancing advice

Londoners have been starkly warned "people will die" if they continue to ignore advice to stay at home in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Those in the capital have been warned parks will be shut if people do not follow the government's guidelines on social distancing.

This weekend, spring sunshine and the forced closure of pubs, cafes and restaurants has seen London's parks crowded with people.

Police on Sunday prevented traffic from entering Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich parks, with only workers holding a permit allowed to use car parks.

The Royal Parks, which maintains those parks and five of London's other largest open spaces, also posted on Twitter: "After scenes of crowds not #SocialDistancing yesterday we want to urge you again to follow the government's advice and keep a safe distance from others.

"We have a shared responsibility to keep London's parks safe for everyone who needs them.

"We will keep this situation under constant review. If people do not follow social distancing guidelines, we will have no choice but to close the parks."

Hammersmith and Fulham Council have already shut their parks from 7pm on Sunday "until further notice", while Kew Gardens has been shut "as a precaution to limit the spread of coronavirus".




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Vicar accidentally sets arm on fire while recording virtual sermon

A vicar was left red-faced after accidentally setting his arm on fire while recording a virtual sermon.

Reverend Stephen Beach was performing the service online as people across the UK stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

In the video, the vicar of St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth had his jumper set on fire as he leaned over a some candles, prompting him to calmly exclaim: "Oh dear, I just caught fire."

The 61-year-old luckily wasn't harmed in the incident.

He said: "I just felt my arm getting a bit hot. The nice thing is, it did damage my pullover and my shirt but my arm is fine - there's no burn on my arm."

Both the Church of England and Church of Scotland have now banned mass worship and will be leading services on social media platforms such as Facebook because of the COVID-19 pandemic.





Applause for NHS staff as they enter Tesco during their dedicated shopping hour


An important reminder: this isn't just hitting the elderly and obviously ill

Stay inside, limit the risk of contamination to all - not just those you imagine could be affected. 



Royal Family post messages to families spending Mother's Day apart

The Royal Family have posted messages of support to families spending Mother's Day apart amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the number of COVID-19 cases in the UK is "stark" and "accelerating" as he told adults the best present they can give their mother for Mother's Day is to stay away.

A post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Twitter page says: "To mothers new and old and families spending today together and apart - we are thinking of you all at this difficult time".

"Happy Mother's Day."

The message, which was also posted on Instagram, included pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children; Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince William and Prince Harry; Carole Middleton with her daughter Catherine; and a Mother's Day card from Prince George to his mum.

The official Instagram page of the Queen and the Royal Family also posted a poignant message, saying: "Mothering Sunday is a chance to thank and celebrate all mothers and caregivers, wherever they may be."

"Today may be a different and difficult day for those who would usually plan to spend time with their mothers, as we adapt to the necessary changes and disruption to our normal routine and regular patterns of life," it read.

"But for all Mums everywhere, we are thinking of you, and wish you all a very special #mothersday".

A 1951 photo of the Queen - then Princess Elizabeth - with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, accompanied the message.




'Do not go to the Winchester!' Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's sensational coronavirus advice

They reprised their Shaun of the Dead roles to tell the public what to do in the current pandemic.



'If you go out, you're going to kill people'




Visit five zoos around the world from the comfort of your sofa

Tonnes of zoos worldwide have live streaming facilities, so you can meet the animals without leaving the house!

You'll be able to say hello to giraffes, koalas, pandas, tigers, penguins and from all across the globe.

If you fancy a little wander around looking at the animals, check out our list here.



Premier League to resume coronavirus talks next month with several return dates considered


The Premier League will resume talks over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic at its next club meeting on April 3.

Officials are supporting the European Leagues, the body which represents more than 900 clubs in 32 professional leagues, as working groups at FIFA and UEFA hold further talks in the coming week.

The Telegraph reports that the Premier League is tentatively scheduling a plan which involves games starting from June 1, behind closed doors, which would allow it to finish the season in time for the start of the new season on August 8.

Sky Sports News has been told a return date of June 1 is one of several dates put forward for consideration, but clubs did not discuss fixture modelling in detail during an emergency call on March 19.

It is hoped clubs will have more details from the government and football working groups to support their discussion at a scheduled meeting on April 3.




Nearly one in four Americans told to stay home


Nearly one in four Americans are under instructions to stay home, as a fifth US state imposes restrictions on residents.

The curbs are aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus which is sweeping the world.

A major disaster has also been declared in New York, freeing up access to billions of dollars in relief funding.

Already more than 300,000 people globally have been infected and almost 13,000 have died. In the US the number of confirmed cases is more than 25,000, with more than 300 people dead.

New Jersey has joined California, New York, Illinois and Connecticut in telling residents to stay home, while many other states have urged people to avoid large gatherings.









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UK could be put on lockdown if Britons ignore advice, suggests cabinet minister

The UK could be put on lockdown if Britons continue to ignore advice aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus, a cabinet minister has suggested.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick warned that asking people to stay at home in an attempt to suppress the number of COVID-19 cases was not "a game", as he refused to rule out tougher action.

The government on Friday closed cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants and gyms for the foreseeable future as the spread of coronavirus continues to accelerate.

Britons are being asked to not go out and to reduce social interaction with others, in order to prevent the NHS becoming overburdened and to save the lives of the elderly and most vulnerable.

But the UK has not yet followed the example of France, which is now requiring citizens to carry official paperwork in order to leave their homes.




Key workers are excluded, of course.

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Make your own Coronavirus with Harry Hill

Just grab some paint, a sponge and some cotton buds, and you're good to go!



Transformers actress Sophia Myles reveals father died after contracting COVID-19

Transformers actress Sophia Myles has announced her father has died after contracting coronavirus.

The star, 40, revealed on 14 March that her father Peter had caught the illness while battling other underlying health conditions.

She has been posting regular updates about Mr Myles, a retired Church of England vicar, and posted photographs of visiting him in hospital.

On Saturday, she said he had died.

She told her Twitter followers: "RIP Peter Myles. My dear Dad died only a few hours ago. It was the coronavirus that finally took him."




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Seven more die in Wales - UK total now 240

Seven more people have died after after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales - taking the UK's total to 240.

It represents a marked increase in the number of Welsh fatalities, which now stand at 12.

The chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton, said: "It is with deep sadness I can confirm a further seven deaths of patients in Wales who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

"This takes the number of deaths in Wales to 12."

He added: "My thoughts are with their families and friends, and I ask that their privacy is respected at this very sad time."



A Mothers Day coronavirus special from Richard Osman


100 Activities to do in the great indoors

Usually known for their enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits, this week the Scouts have released a list of 100 activities to do in the 'Great Indoors'.

We've had a little look through the list, which has been commended by celebrities including Bear Grylls and astronaut Tim Peak, to pull out our favourite five!

1) Changing your coat

All the most important Lords and Ladies of the past had a sensational coats of arms - now's the chance to create your own! Imagine how fancy signing your Christmas cards is going to look now!

2) A flair for hot air

Supported by the *actual* RAF, learn how to make your very own hot air balloon and watch it fly! Luckily, being inside means it won't float too far away!

3) Guerrilla gardening

Encourage some wildlife into your garden with homemade wildflower seed bombs! As we all have to stay home as much as possible, it's important to make your little slice of garden look its best!

Find out our other favourite activities, and read the full article, here!



Acute medical staff at RCH keep spirits up

In an attempt to keep the themselves and the rest of their team positive, members of the acute medical staff have turned to Tik Tok to help get their message across, whilst keeping spirits up. (And we think it's ace!).


Lerryn Primary School spread sunshine through song

One of Cornwall's smallest Primary Schools have take it upon themselves to spread some musical sunshine in these uncertain times.

Their aim is to get the video, posted to their facebook page, shared as many times as possible to keep Cornwall uplifted in the unprecedented times we're facing. 

Fancy a listen? Watch the video below!



Growing number of UK weddings being cancelled and postponed

Wedding venues say "enquiries have stopped" because of the coronavirus - as the multibillion pound industry sees a growing number of ceremonies cancelled and postponed.

Thousands of couples across the UK are monitoring whether the outbreak will affect their day - with many already having to scrap plans and change dates.

It comes after the Church of England said weddings should be limited to no more than five people - the legal minimum.

Amber Clatworthy and her fiance were due to get married in Devon next Saturday.

"One of my best friends was flying to Australia to be a bridesmaid so that was cancelled first... basically it's just horrendous," she told Sky News. "We will get married, but it's not going to be the same."

Their venue has allowed them to postpone for free, but it comes as little comfort after more than a year preparing for the big day.



4,500 retired doctors and nurses sign up to battle COVID-19 pandemic

The health secretary has said 4,500 retired healthcare workers have signed up to help battle the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It comes after NHS England struck a deal with independent hospitals to provide 20,000 fully qualified staff and 8,000 more hospital beds.

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

Matt Hancock tweeted on Saturday night: "Delighted that 4,000 nurses and 500 doctors have signed up to return to the NHS in the first 48 hours of our call."

He said it was "brilliant support in our national effort" to tackle the virus.



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