Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday 25th March

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday 25th March

Published at 1:08am 25th March 2020. (Updated at 6:38pm 25th March 2020)

Wednesday’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

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405,000 people have signed up to be NHS Volunteers


Thanks Royal Mail

Aww...heart-warming note from a customer yesterday thanking one of our posties 🙌 UK - you're welcome. Stay safe!

Posted by Royal Mail on Wednesday, 25 March 2020


It's always nice to show a bit of appreciation for people that are keeping the world turning during this difficult time. The smallest gesture can mean the world to someone.


A message from The Doctor



Story Competition



Together for Families are running a new writing competition which could land you a £50 - £100 book voucher.

Story competition!

Could you be the next Micheal Morpurgo or JK Rowling?

We're launching a new competition to find the next generation of budding writers and would like you to come up with a bedtime story. 

Whether you're an experienced writer or this is the first time you've thought about writing a story, it doesn't matter, we want to hear your brilliant, creative ideas.

The competition is split into primary and secondary age children and the best story will be turned into a bedtime story. There are also a host of other prizes up for grabs. 

Why not give it a go?


There's two separate briefs, one for Primary school students and one for Secondary.

For the briefs and how to apply, head to the website....and good luck!



Trans and non-binary remote support group


An official update on their website states


Coronavirus Update:

Not Alone are now holding our support groups virtually, using the Zoom service. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm online. Find joining information on our facebook group. Alternatively, contact us on or via the contact form on our contact us page.


City College Plymouth - Fire Update



RSPCA want to dispel any myths about COVID-19 and pets


Pet care

They have written the following on their social media channels.

There’s lots of misleading information about whether pets are a danger to people during the #coronavirus outbreak. There's no scientific evidence to suggest they can get sick from #covid19, and we’re urging people to find out how to care for them


If you need to travel tomorrow morning


While most people should remain in their homes, if you need to travel tomorrow morning, for work or necessary supplies, Cornwall Council have said the following:



Heinz lending a hand with breakfast's for School Children in need.


Baked Beans

Natural History Museum - Dippy on Tour: Learning Resources


A nice set of resources, especially if your little one has an interest in dinosaurs!




Working out during self-isolation


Celeste Barber knows just how to exercise in these difficult times.



Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield explain why This Morning is still on-air

They shared how they'll be able to continue during the UK lockdown.


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Cornish Claire reacts to the Royal's diagnosis


Furniture World to stop home deliveries



Prince Charles has Coronavirus


Surfing banned as wave-riders told to stay out of the water

Surfing England organisation is the recognised National Governing Body (NGB) for Surfing.

It says surfers should stay home.


Tyrefinders remain open for business

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Dear Customers COVID-19 Announcement Update 25/03/2020 As a local family owned and operated business we are very aware of how the COVID-19 virus is affecting our local communities and the safety of our staff, customers and the wider community is a very high priority. The situation is currently very fluid and is changing and evolving quickly, but at the moment TyreFinders remains open for business. Our customer base doesn’t just include NHS staff and other key workers, but also farmers, hauliers and other key industries who all provide vital goods and services at this time. We will continue to provide support and prioritise repairs for NHS and Key workers, enabling them to continue their vital work. We have taken every precaution to ensure that our premises are as safe as can be for our amazing staff and for our customers, but we do ask that when you visit our centres you please observe ‘physical distancing’ measures. It goes without saying that you should not visit if you are unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms. Other measures that we have in place will be advised by centre staff. Wherever possible, we would ask that you ring in advance of visiting any of our branches so we can make the necessary arrangements to make your visit as quick and as safe as possible, for both you and our staff members. We also have a fleet of mobile tyrefitting vans which can be utilised to minimise customer contact, please call us to enquire about this service. Our incredible team of dedicated staff are continuing to work in these scary and unprecedented times to keep Cornwall moving and we cannot thank them enough. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their ongoing support and to thank everybody on the front line who are helping to combat this virus. Further updates will follow as the situation develops. With warmest regards, the TyreFinders team. #staysafe #tyres #covid_19 #keepingcornwallmoving #tyres #cornwall #tyrefitting

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Can you help Cornwall's NHS?


This is a virtual school in Cornwall

Truro High School is an all girls' day & boarding school for ages 4-18.


Children's book to reduce Covid anxiety, made by a nurse



Trump wants the virus killed off by Easter

Despite the number of cases and deaths in the US currently surging to over 25,000 cases and more than 200 deaths.



'It's not a holiday': Sergeant says people are gambling with lives

Harry Tangye is a Devon and Cornwall Police SRV Sergeant.



India begins the world's biggest lockdown today

Indian health officials have reported 469 active cases of Covid-19 and 10 deaths.

“To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,” the PM said.


Matt Lucas has a very important message to start your morning with...



Estuary View Holiday Apartments offer free accommodation to NHS frontline workers



My nightmare applying for Coronavirus benefits



Learn about working with a remote team

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Implementing effective ways to allow your team to work remotely has never been more important.

On Tuesday 31st March, 9 – 11am, Unlocking Potential will be facilitating an interactive webinar to explore and discuss the practicalities of managing and working with a remote team.

Digital specialist and founder of Cosmic UK, Kate Doodson, will be guiding delegates virtually through the practicalities of remote working: adapt your workplace, recruitment and teams whilst keeping overheads under control and motivating your workforce.

The two-hour ERDF-Funded InFocus Business Espresso webinar will include Kate’s ideas on how to encourage staff to communicate planned actions; pointers on how to run a successful video conference; maintain professional standards; remaining productive and suggestions for the most accessible technology to support these changes.

The webinar will also feature Dan Parker owner of SMS Marketing Agency Firetext, who will be talking about his own experiences of recruiting and managing people who work remotely. Likewise, Anja Jones owner of international translations agency AJT, will be sharing her experiences of running a truly remote team and office from her residences in Newquay and Portugal.

Click here to book your place and view the agenda.

Contact the team at Unlocking Potential on for more information.




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Don't underestimate what our nurses are going through

Especially newly qualified staff like Charlene.


Police WILL stop you and ask why you're out

Sharon Donald is Superintendent for East Cornwall response & neighbourhood teams.


Theatre Royal Plymouth cancels four shows

Full refunds/exchanges are being offered for everyone with tickets.



Amazing ingenuity in Italy!


Three keepers move into Paradise Park to look after animals

The park in Hayle has a collection of over 1,000 animals, many of them rare and endangered species.

For decades they have relied on visitors to keep the animals thriving, but these are unprecedented times and the park has closed until further notice due to coronavirus.

The keepers are working flexibly to make sure that all the feeding and care routines go ahead as normal - some have even moved into the house at the park.

If you would like to make a donation, the money would be focused on buying food for the birds and mammals, plus pay for extra enrichment items and veterinary bills, you can head to the park's Gofundme page


Tamar Bridge tolls suspended to help prevent Covid-19 spread

tamar bridge

Tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry are being temporarily suspended in a bid to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It will initially be for a three-week period, in light of the latest government restrictions.

Officials say the decision has been made to help protect bridge and ferry staff, key workers and those travelling for essential reasons.  

All other drivers should avoid non-essential travel in line with the latest advice from the Prime Minister.

"Suspending tolling will effectively eliminate the need for personal contact between Tamar Crossings staff and our customers and will add to service resilience by allowing reallocation of some cross-trained staff.  

"We will review the position as the situation develops and in the light of any further Government advice."

Tamar Bridge and Torpint Ferry Joint Committee




Police carry out stop checks on Cornwall's roads

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Police are carrying out stop checks across Cornwall's roads to make sure people are only making essential journeys amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers have been given new powers to help enforce the government's new guidelines on social distancing.

The UK is now essentially on a lockdown, where people are only allowed to leave their homes for select reasons.

These include for food shopping, to exercise once a day, to help someone who is vulnerable or for medical reasons.

People who can't do their jobs from home are also allowed to travel to work, if it is essential.

Police in Newquay are urging people to avoid busy areas, including beaches.

They are also warning that children should not be meeting friends or playing outside together during the school closures.



St Ives staying positive as streets remain empty


Today: Watch a live history lesson from a WW2 bunker

Live history lesson


Western Approaches HQ are due to host a live history lesson tomorrow on Facebook which could be perfect for any children who would normally attend Primary school.

We will be streaming a live Facebook history lesson on life in Wartime Liverpool - aimed at Primary school age, but relevant for all.

The lesson will include a tour around Western Approaches Secret WW2 HQ in Liverpool city centre.

The lesson will also discuss the Battle of The Atlantic, the role of Liverpool during the war, rationing, air raids and more.

All free of charge and any child who completes the lesson will get a free pass to Western Approaches worth £8 when we eventually re-open.


Matt Hancock announced a scheme for 250,000 NHS Volunteers

You can register to become a NHS Volunteer, here


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