Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday 23rd of March

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday 23rd of March

Published at 7:23am 23rd March 2020. (Updated at 7:23am 24th March 2020)

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

It's Gareth and Libby here with you today.

If you have something we should be featuring, tweet us @piratefm or e-mail digital.media@piratefm.co.uk

Live updates will load below:

 

 

9:15pm

 STAY POSITIVE     

9 REASONS TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DEVELOPMENTS

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The Good News Network is on hand to lift our spirits.

They've offered up a "list of reasons why the global situation is not as bad as the mainstream media might have you think".

Here we're sharing a handful of our favourites. 

You can read Kinley Corbley's full article here.

1. The man who predicted Covid-19 trends says we're going to be fine

Biophysicist Michael Levitt says "as long as countries continue to practice safe self-isolation measures, the numbers show that they are already beginning to experience slow signs of improvement".
Thankfully Boris has just introduced new rules to help us....

2. There are lots of vaccines in development

World Health Organisation representatives say they are working with scientists around the world to test and develop 20 different vaccines.
We only need one to work, right?

3. We're finding new ways of entertaining ourselves

Whether it's singing from balconies, families spending more quality time together or discovering new books through free offerings from Audible, there's some good coming from the restrictions.
We mentioned free books, right? And games. And more.

4. 100,000 people have already recovered

As well as being a huge number to successfully fight the virus, there's also people aged 90 who are beating it,
And as China recovers, it suggests there is light at the end of the tunnel.

READ MORE FROM THIS ARTICLE OVER AT THE GOOD NEWS NETWORK

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8:35pm

 BREAKING     

POLICE TO USE FINES TO KEEP PUBLIC AT HOME

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"Coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced in decades," the PM began as he addressed the nation.

Mr Johnson said if we don't take the right action there will come a point where the health service can't cope with the impact of Coronavirus.

"If too many people become seriously unwell at one time the NHS will be unable to handle it," he said.

The PM said more people are likely to die from other illnesses as well as Coronavirus is action wasn't taken.

"It's vital to slow the spread of the disease," he said.

"That's why we've been asking people to stay at home."

But people weren't listening, he said.

"The time has come for us all to do more.

"You must stay at home."

From now on people are told they can leave home:

  • Shopping for basic necessities

  • One form of exercise a day

  • Any medical need.

  • Travel to or from work, but only where absolutely necessary.

Mr Johnson said the police will have the powers to enforce with fines and to disperse groups.

READ MORE AT THE PIRATE FM NEWS ARTICLE

7:50pm
5:28pm
boris

PM MISSES 5PM PRESS CONFERENCE, SCHEDULED TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT LATER THIS EVENING

He's current chairing an emergency COBRA meeting, more as we have it.

5:20pm

 BREAKING     

Two more people die of coronavirus in Cornwall

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Two more people in Cornwall have died from coronavirus according to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

A spokesperson from the trust said both deaths were at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske. 

It now brings the number of deaths in the Duchy to seven. 

The trust said it will release a statement shortly. 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FULL PIRATE FM NEWS STORY

4:42pm

VIRUS CAN LAST FOR 3 DAYS ON SURFACES

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FIND OUT MORE AT FOX NEWS

4:26pm

Emergency Powers could last 2 years

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MPs in the House of Commons are discussing bringing in emergency powers to try and control the spread of Coronavirus.

The individual powers will be able to be 'switched on and off' independently.

MPs are concerned the powers could be abused, and were told there is a 2 year time limit on their use.

It is also open to review every 6 months.

Over 7,000 clinicians have 'answered the call' to return to work to boost the NHS, the house heard.

The debate continues.

4:24pm

Hawkins to close sales department

4:14pm

Mallets in Truro closing tonight

The store has taken the decision to close temporarily after closing tonight.

 

4:00pm

Army to deliver equipment to NHS staff

3:58pm

Trago to close

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Chairman Bruce Robertson said in a statement:

"To safeguard the wellbeing of our staff and customers alike Trago will close temporarily from 8pm on Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice. We will follow the latest government advice and hope that together we may beat the virus in the least possible time.

"Further information will be available from 9am Tuesday 24th March at www.trago.co.uk

"Stay safe, keep well."

 

 

3:27pm
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Cornwall's zoo to close

Zoos across Cornwall and Devon have announced they are to close following the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall made the decision to close following the Government's latest advice. 

“Our Senior Management Team has been meeting every day to discuss how we respond to this rapidly-changing crisis.

"We had hoped we could carry on, but taking into account the latest Government advice on social distancing and the decisions taken by other zoos, botanic gardens and leisure parks, we have decided to close our zoos.

"It’s the responsible thing to do. This decision is open-ended – we have no idea how long the zoos will remain shut.”, 

Simon Tonge, Executive Director

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3:13pm
Primary Education

Learning Resources - Primary Education

While schools are closed, it’s up to everyone to work on their educations from home. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there, and more being created every day. However, it can be difficulty to navigate them for suitability and not every school is following the same curriculum. Therefore, we’re splitting this into 3 posts. One for Primary, one for Secondary and one for Further Education (College/sixth form).

Many schools are creating packs for their classes and sending to parents and students, but it’s always worth combining them with other external sites to teach researching techniques and active learning.

FIND OUR LIST OF RESOURCES HERE

3:07pm

Thieves steal Essex school's food meant for key workers' children

A school in Essex has had food stolen from its kitchen - days before it was due to provide support for the children of key workers.

Gosfield School in Halstead says it suffered the "extensive" burglary over weekend, where thieves took four commercial-sized freezers of food and most of the dry and chilled produce in the kitchen.

Last week, the government announced schools would be closed indefinitely from Monday and only open for the children of people identified as "key workers" during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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2:27pm

Free hand sanitiser from Country Store Health Food, Redruth

They're also providing some for St Petrocs to help protect the homeless.

On facebook they wrote:

FREE hand sanitiser to the people of Redruth and surrounding areas.

We have all struggled to find hand sanitiser these past weeks, well we now have some and are offering to fill your bottles for free for as long as we can. We are absorbing this cost. 
We have been supported by SLS in Barncoose Industrial Estate in providing us with the sanitiser in this venture . 
We are all in this together . 
We will be outside the shop with this to fill your small bottles . Please be mindful we want everyone to get some . 
We will be dispensing for you to avoid the spread further and to protect everyone as much as possible .
Spread the word .. if we all have sanitiser we can all make a difference .
If you need to fill for an elderly neighbour please do .
Much love always,
Karen and the team xxx

Country health store
2:08pm

St Austell Town Council issue updates for the town

2:00pm

Researchers at Oxford University create platform to self-report

Hopefully, to try and get a better idea of the spread of the disease without widespread testing.

1:55pm

This. Another beautiful act of kindness for our NHS heroes

1:51pm

 CORNWALL     

Cornwall police warning over people and kids not at home

1:49pm

 CORNWALL     

This child in Cornwall 'has Coronavirus'

Please read his dad's message and stay safe

1:48pm

'Thanks Joe' trends on twitter after Joe Wick's first live 'PE lesson'

1:45pm

Struggling? Remember to take a breath

1:20pm

How do you feel about what you've been up to?

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1:11pm

LATEST STATS

GLOBAL

Coronavirus Cases:

351,198

Deaths:

15,361

Recovered:

100,569

 

UK

Coronavirus Cases:

5,683

Deaths:

289 (+8)

Recovered:

135

1:09pm
DOG

Animal charities issue warning after rise in enquiries to adopt pets

People are looking to pets to provide company, while they are unable to see friends and family due to social distancing measures.

Animal shelters say there has been a noticeable rise in the number of people looking to foster or rehome a pet during the coronavirus outbreak.

Centres run by Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and The Dogs Trust have been closed to the public because of COVID-19, but people are still able to enquire online and visit by appointment.

Battersea Cats and Dog Home say it has experienced an "increased interest in rehoming" because of the disease.

"Over the last week we have rehomed nearly 100 animals, with 26 animals rehomed across our three centres on Thursday alone," the organisation said.

"We are striving to arrange the collection of dogs and cats that are currently on reserve, so there may be some delay in responding to new enquiries.

"But we urge anyone looking to bring a little joy in to their lives during these uncertain times to make an appointment at one of our centres as soon as they are able."

The animal shelter has also received an increase in offers to foster an animal, but said it has suspended new applications in order to prioritise working with existing staff and volunteers.

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1:07pm

MEDITATION WITH CORRIE'S KEN BARLOW

Coronavirus has given us this. 

1:04pm
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Dominic Raab to stand in if Boris Johnson contracts COVID-19

Boris Johnson has lined up a senior minister to take charge of the country if he is diagnosed with COVID-19.

The prime minister's spokesman said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will step up in the event, as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to grow across the UK.

He confirmed Tuesday's cabinet meeting will also go-ahead mostly by video conference, with ministers dialling in instead of piling round a cramped table as part of social distancing measures.

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12:55pm

CORE Fitness creates home workout plans

As gyms shut and your normal ways of keeping active are being impacted, CORE Fitness have created their own home fitness plan designed for you to stay active whilst staying at home.

Managed through a dedicated app, you'll be sent a workout every day to get stuck into. On the app you'll also be able to log your nutrition, log your workouts and get fitness tips from CORE Fitness online. All of this is on offer for only £8.99 a month.

CORE Fitness are also giving you the opportunity to try this all for free with their 7 day free trial!

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12:29pm

Bodmin Riding & Heritage festival postponed until 2021

12:14pm

Lost Garden of Heligan closes

12:03pm

Malcolm Barnecutt's to close stores from closing time today

12:00pm

HACK: How to go out and get coffee whilst self isolating - Italy style

11:57am
Google Arts & Culture

Culture from your sofa

While self-isolating means not leaving the house, there's no reason you can't visit a museum, gallery or famous landmark from the comfort of your living room.

Luckily the wonders of the internet come to our rescue yet again. Not only can you access these on the website, you can also get the Arts & Culture app to explore them on your phone. The site is great if you want to learn something new, and is an ideal resource for students of all ages to be able to find things out from home. There's plenty of content and could keep you occupied for some time.

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11:54am
OVERCROWDING TRAINS

Trains still packed as commuters fail to observe social distancing

Trains were still packed on Monday morning as commuters failed to listen to the government's coronavirus advice to keep two metres away from each other.

Pictures from several routes into London and the Tube showed carriages as full as usual, with little to no space in between commuters.

Train services across the UK have been reduced, as of Monday, after customer demand for rail travel fell by up to 69% on some routes since Boris Johnson issued advice last week to stop all non-essential journeys to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

London Underground, Overground, DLR, TFL Rail and London Trams services are also operating a reduced service from Monday.

The government said key services would still run to ensure people could get to work, travel to medical appointments and goods can be transported.

However, many of those commuting on Monday morning said the number of carriages had been reduced and timetables cut, resulting in overcrowding.

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11:53am

Are you struggling with universal credit information?

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11:25am

RNLI make colouring sheets for your little crew members

11:19am

Kerrier Homecare Appeal for domiciliary/home carers

11:05am

Sainsbury's to open half an hour before opening times for NHS staff

Just show a valid NHS ID.

 

10:59am

All Furniture World stores to be closed until further notice

Online shops remain open.

10:51am

Camel Creek Adventure Park offer Camel Creek Classes!

10:40am

Prima bakeries update

They've been answering some of your frequently asked questions.

  • We have plenty of stock so no need to preorder. We have no limits on pasties as we know many are buying for friends but please just buy what you need to leave stock for others.
  • Due to social distancing we are now enforcing a max of 4 customers in the shop at any one time.
  • We have been making bread all weekend so no shortage of loaves but again only buy what you will use.
  • Bread flour is available at £1 per kg but limited to 2 bags per customer so we don't run out
  • Do not worry about future availability - all of our supply chains are good. Prima has been feeding Cornwall since 1978 and we will continue to do so! #lookaftereachother
10:34am

Calling all Taskmaster fans, lovers of fun and bored people

#hometasking is now a thing - and task one is here!

10:25am
Cornwall traffic

Petition launches calling for all tourist travel to be suspended

A man from Cornwall has launched a petition calling for all tourist travel across the UK to be suspended.

It comes after reports of cars full of suitcases and with roof boxes flocking to the Duchy over the weekend.

It is believed that people have been travelling to the Duchy to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A string of holiday parks have already announced closures, including the likes of Parkdean Resorts and all UK Caravan and Motorhome Club sites.

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10:07am

COURT TRIALS HALTED

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All jury trials in England and Wales have been put on hold to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Courts have been told to use "considerable imagination and flexibility" to work up plans during the coronavirus pandemic for every person to be two metres apart from each other before trials can begin again.

Lord Burnett, head of the judiciary in England and Wales, said social distancing is a "particular concern" to address as the government prepares to rush through emergency laws to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

He announced no new jury trials will start until a judge rules it is safe to do so.

Jurors summoned for duty on Monday will be told to remain at home and contact the court they are due to attend.

They will only be asked to come in for trials where specific arrangements to ensure safety have been put in place.

Some will be put on new trials starting as soon as Monday afternoon and any hearings that can lawfully take place remotely will be.

READ THE FULL PIRATE FM NEWS STORY

10:01am

THE O2 CLOSES

9:30am
TRAIN

Rail franchise agreements suspended to avoid company collapses

The Government has brought in emergency measures to provide refunds to ticket holders and prevent rail companies from collapsing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department for Transport said it will suspend normal rail franchise agreements and take over all the risks as well as revenues for operating trains for at least 6 months.

Restrictions placed around travel over the COVID-19 outbreak has seen a sharp fall in demand for rail companies leaving operators facing significant drops in their income

The Government has also said anyone holding an advance ticket will be able to obtain a refund free of charge.

Season ticket holders will also be able to claim refunds on the portion of time still unused through their rail operators.

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9:06am

All Camping and  Caravanning Club sites to close with immediate effect

8:34am

The Carbis Bay Hotel closes

 

8:31am
lady justice

Jury trials halted in England and Wales

All jury trials in England and Wales have been put on hold to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Courts have been told to use "considerable imagination and flexibility" to work up plans for every person to be two metres apart from each other before trials can begin again.

Lord Burnett, head of the judiciary in England and Wales, said social distancing is a "particular concern" to address as the government prepares to rush through emergency laws to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, 281 people who had coronavirus have died and 5,683 people have tested positive for the virus, according to the Department of Health.

As all sectors of society prepare for upheaval, Lord Burnett announced no new jury trials will start until a judge rules it is safe to do.

Jurors summoned for duty on Monday will be told to remain at home and contact the court they are due to attend.

They will only be asked to come in for trials where specific arrangements to ensure safety have been put in place

READ MORE

 

8:17am

An important message from South Western Ambulance Service CEO

8:09am

This is Karen. Don't be like Karen

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8:09am

Costa closes its stores

8:08am

Madonna calls coronavirus 'the great equaliser'... from her petal filled bath

Because if you're going to make a comment about coronavirus, why not do it whilst soaking in the tub.

8:08am

Let's not forget there are still some people attending school - and others taking them

 

 

8:07am

Women cut loose due to Coronavirus

8:04am

Nando's now closed

7:56am
samba bikers

Samba Bikers serenade Newquay

In an attempt to replicate the uplifting sense of community brought by the music in the streets of Italy, one musically gifted Newquay lad has strapped a bucket to his bike and hit the streets to make some noise.

13 year old Dylan, and his apprentice drummer dad, were met with such a positive reaction on their first trip around town that the Samba Bikers facebook page was set up.

The Samba Bikers now make regular trips around Newquay, spreading joy whilst maintaining social distancing, often stopping for care homes and retirement flats. 

Met with toots of horns, waves and smiles the reaction from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.

And it's not hard to see why!

7:55am

 WATCH    

This family did Mother's Day, Love Actually style

When Jennifer Robbins couldn't see her mum on Mother's Day, she decided to get creative.

"I sent her a message through the window Love Actually style   with a little help from my son, with my sister filming via a video call and with the editing skills of my niece. Love actually...is...all around," she posted on Facebook. 

7:54am
Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson pledges £215m boost to protect Virgin jobs

Sir Richard Branson has vowed to invest £215m into his Virgin business to protect jobs following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The businessman made the pledge in a blog post in which he said his companies, which include travel and leisure, were in a "massive battle to survive".

He said COVID-19 was "the most significant crisis the world has experienced" in his lifetime, with his businesses employing more than 70,000 people in 35 countries.

The 69-year-old wrote: "Our airlines have had to ground almost all their planes; our cruise line has had to postpone its launch; our health clubs and hotels have had to close their doors and all bookings to our holiday company have stopped.

"Our people have and, will always be, my number one priority. It is their future job security and their well-being that I am 100 per cent focusing on, in these frightening and unprecedented times."

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7:50am

 LIGHT RELIEF     

Patrick Stewart saves us with a sonnet

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away." How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”?

7:47am

Tourists to be banned from Hong Kong

7:45am

 CORNWALL    

Fifth coronavirus death in Cornwall

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A fifth person has died in Cornwall in relation to coronavirus.

Officials have confirmed that the patient was in their 60s and had underlying health conditions.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says that they had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been cared for at Treliske.

Their family has been told about the cause of death.

It comes after the first four coronavirus-related deaths in the Duchy were confirmed on Saturday.

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7:41am
Treliske health hospital

Treliske postpones all non-urgent operations


The Royal Cornwall Hospital is postponing all non-urgent operations for at least three months, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Routine GP appointments are also being cancelled across the Duchy.

NHS Kernow says they need as many beds available as possible, to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peaks. 

Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will still be carrying on as normal though.

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7:35am
eden project

Eden Project closes amid coronavirus pandemic

The Eden Project has announced that it is closing to help keep staff and visitors safe from Covid-19.
Bosses say their paramount concern is people's safety, health and wellbeing.

They had hoped to keep the gardens and outdoor spaces open amid the coronavirus outbreak but say that the latest government advice means that has become increasingly difficult.

The famous Cornish tourist attraction is now shut, as of Sunday evening.

"At Eden our paramount concern has always been the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff and guests - the coronavirus pandemic means this has never been more important.

"While we had hoped to be able to continue access to our gardens and outdoor spaces, the latest Government advice means that this has become increasingly difficult to achieve.  

"We are sure that you will understand why we have to close in these unprecedented times. We look forward to welcoming visitors again when we can safely re-open. 

"During this difficult time, connection with nature has never been more important to help support everyone's wellbeing."

Eden Project spokesperson

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7:32am

Kresen Kernow closes

7:26am
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