Coronavirus Live Blog

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Coronavirus Live Blog

Published at 6:56am 27th March 2020. (Updated at 7:06am 31st March 2020)

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

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

Updates from the week below.

 

 

7:27pm

NHS staff first to receive 'antigen testing' for COVID-19

Hundreds of frontline NHS staff will be tested to find out if they have coronavirus by the end of the weekend, as the government moves to ramp up testing for the disease among healthcare workers.

Michael Gove announced that increased "antigen testing", developed in partnership between UK businesses, research institutes and universities, will be rolled out "immediately" to those working in hospitals and social care.

Speaking at the government's daily coronavirus briefing, cabinet minister Mr Gove said that the testing would "dramatically" scale up next week, allowing those working in health and social care to "have security in the knowledge that they can safely return to work if their test is negative".

"This is absolutely crucial to our response to - and fight against - coronavirus," he added.

READ MORE

7:25pm

NHS volunteers scheme nears 750k target

More than 700,000 people have signed up to the NHS volunteer scheme, Downing Street has confirmed.

The government's target for volunteers currently stands at 750,000, after an overwhelming response from the British public saw the initial target of 250,000 met in just 24 hours.

Speaking at the government's daily COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said he wanted to offer a "special thank you to everyone who has now volunteered to help the NHS".

"When we launched the appeal last night, we hoped to get 250,000 volunteers over a few days," Mr Johnson said.

The prime minister said the volunteers would be "absolutely crucial" in the fight against the coronavirus.

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5:10pm

BREAKING

Birmingham and Manchester to each get new hospital to treat Coronavirus

Birmingham NEC will be repurposed as will a retail centre in Manchester.

 

5:08pm

BREAKING

Government: Rate of infection has been doubling every 3-4 days

More as we have it.

4:33pm

Cornwall Council’s adult social care team has been working with hotels in Cornwall to help free up 120 hospital beds

4:29pm

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty self isolates with symptoms

4:25pm

St Mabyn Inn offers takeaway menu

4:14pm

LATEST STATS

UK deaths rise by 185 to 769

Another 185 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, taking the total to 769.

The new figures were recorded from between 5pm on Wednesday and 5pm on Thursday.

NHS England announced there had been 168 more deaths in England, up from 521, taking its tally to 689.

The patients who died in England were aged between 29 and 98, and all but four - who were aged between 82 and 91 - had underlying health conditions.

NHS England has not updated its number of confirmed cases - they stood at 11,658 according to figures released on Thursday.

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4:11pm
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Temporary mortuary being built at Birmingham Airport

A temporary mortuary site is being built at Birmingham Airport in preparation for an expected rise in coronavirus deaths, West Midlands police have said.

It comes as Birmingham's NEC and Manchester's GMEX exhibition centres are set to be converted into temporary hospitals by mid-April if required, Sky News understands.

Work has begun on the mortuary site which will initially be able to accommodate 1,500 deaths before expanding to hold more.

It is expected the temporary site could ultimately accommodate all deaths across the West Midlands, including those not related to the coronavirus, as regional mortuaries may close due to staffing the new facility.

3:43pm

Sassy reminder from sportswear brand Gymshark

3:09pm
Director & Volunteer coordinator  Pegasus Men’s Wellbeing Centre CIC

How to get free counselling if you're mentally affected by Covid-19

A FREE and CONFIDENTIAL project has launched to support anyone suffering emotionally or mentally due to the corona virus crisis.

It helps any gender, race, religion or location and is called The Corona Voice Project.

The project will allow members of the public (anyone effected by isolation or the chaos of our national crisis in any way) to contact Pegasus and arrange for either a telephone call session or a video call session.

READ MORE

3:07pm

Update from Griggs with current opening times

2:54pm
Cinelinx Card Game

Cinelinx: Print and Play Card Game

If you're a cinephile and love to challenge your movie knowledge, then this could be right up your street.

Cinelinx have a printable version of their card game. Just add it to your basket, checkout and receive your download

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2:49pm
Liam Gallagher Press Shot

Liam Gallagher says Oasis reunion to raise money for NHS will happen 'with or without' Noel

Liam Gallagher has vowed that an Oasis reunion concert to raise funds for the NHS will go ahead - "with or without" his brother Noel.

On Tuesday, the singer had set out a "demand" for the band to reform - adding that he was "sick of pleading" for the reunion to happen.

With his brother yet to respond, Liam Gallagher wrote on Thursday: "Wanna clear a few things up.

"Oasis gig for NHS charity as in all money raised goes to NHS not to me will happen with or without Noel Gallagher.

"It may not be the same but trust me it'll still blow your knickers off."

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2:44pm

Cornwall Wildlife Trust closes nature reserves

2:33pm

Urgent appeal for food for NHS staff

1:42pm

RCHT on the hunt for shelves for their staff shop

1:09pm

Matt Hancock tests positive for Coronavirus 

1:01pm
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No lifeguard patrols on Cornish beaches for the foreseeable future

The RNLI in Cornwall says it's made the decision to stop lifeguard patrols on beaches for the foreseeable future. 
It follows the Government’s instructions on Monday 23 March for people to stay at home and avoid gathering outdoors.

It said it is to ensure lifeguards adhere to the Government’s instructions to limit contact between people and encourage the public to do the same. It's lifeboat stations, however, remain on service.

"Lifeguards work and train in groups, which makes keeping the requirement to remain 2 metres apart difficult and the nature of their work with the public puts them – and beach visitors – at risk of close contact.

"Also, their usual activity includes encouraging people to visit patrolled beaches and swim in certain areas – this activity would go against the Government’s clear instruction for people to stay at home, maintain social distancing and not congregate in groups."

RNLI Spokesperson

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12:40pm
12:19pm

UK should have gone into lockdown 10 days ago, Italy's scientific adviser warns

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The UK should have gone into lockdown 10 days ago and is now at risk of having a worse coronavirus infection rate than Italy, a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has warned.

Walter Ricciardi, the Italian government's scientific adviser, who called Italy's lockdown, told Sky News that the UK had the benefit of seeing what happened in his home nation and should have learned lessons.

The Italian WHO representative compared recent images of packed trains on the London Underground with a football match in Milan last month, which is believed to have accelerated the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Italy.

"When we scientists put the evidence on your table, you should take action," Mr Ricciardi said.

"When you take the decision late you pay a price in sick people and in deaths."

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11:55am

Over an hour wait to get into Tesco

Pirate FM understands it's taking longer to get into stores as social distancing measures are stepped up.

Shoppers at Tesco in Helston have been queueing for over an hour.

Please only leave the house when absolutely essential.

 

11:25am

Boris Johnson details his Coronavirus diagnosis

11:22am

 BREAKING      

Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.

10:52am

Flowers for the street

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This just in from Cornish Claire:

"Awwwwwww how cute my neighbours daughter went to Tesco and they are giving away all their flowers so she has grabbed a load and knocked on everyone's door in the street"

Keep that sort of thing up, Cornwall!

10:42am

Rick Stein "won't pay staff"

10:30am

 CORNISH CLAIRE'S VIDEO DIARY     

15 Bins out in a ball gown

Inspired by Facebook, Claire glams up to take out the rubbish

SEE ALL CLAIRE'S VIDEOS HERE

10:20am

Domestic abuse increase as night time and motoring crime falls

10:14am

 INTERNATIONAL NEWS     

Number of COVID-19 cases in US overtake Italy and China

The US now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

There are almost 86,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the US - roughly 16% of the world's total of 532,000 - according to Johns Hopkins University.

This puts it ahead of China, where the virus originated, and also ahead of Italy, Europe's epicentre which has been overwhelmed by the virus in recent weeks.

China has almost 82,000 cases and Italy has 80,500.

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9:52am

 WATCH     

A poem about our NHS

Kerry Vincent lives in Cornwall and has made several poems about the NHS and Coronavirus.

You can see more on her Facebook page here

9:33am

Royal Cornwall Hospital's exercise message

9:26am

 BREAKING     

Councils in England 'asked to house all rough sleepers by the weekend'

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Councils in England have been asked to house all rough sleepers - and those in hostels and night shelters - by the weekend, a charity says.

Crisis, which supports homeless people, revealed the "unprecedented" move was made in a letter sent to all local authorities on Thursday.

The government has yet to confirm the announcement.

More follows...

8:57am

Clap for Carers: Redruth

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8:54am

How to get fresh fish delivered to your door

8:21am

CORNISH CLAIRE'S VIDEO DIARY

11 Claire attempts some science to explain hand washing

SEE THE REST OF HER VIDEO DIARIES AND REACTIONS HERE

8:16am

Royal Mail says deliveries may be hit

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The company issued an update on the impact of COVID-19. 

Aside from lots of business and financial information, there was one short update on the affect of Coronavirus on the postal service:

"In recent weeks, we have seen rising levels of sick absence as colleagues self-isolate or care for family members. We cannot rule out reductions to services as COVID-19 develops."

You can read the full update here: https://www.royalmailgroup.com/en/press-centre/press-releases/royal-mail-group/covid-19-update/

8:06am

Camborne and Redruth Police thank the public

8:04am

People helping each other in a crisis 

7:52am

Pink gets drunk and HACKS off her hair!

She revealed she thought it was a great idea when drunk

WATCH THE VIDEO ON OUR SHOWBIZ NEWS PAGE

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7:47am

Clap for Carers: Camborne

We'll be bringing you more of these - share yours by tagging us on Twitter @piratefm or email digital.media@piratefm.co.uk

7:33am

Are you suffering mentally because of Coronavirus?

Director & Volunteer coordinator  Pegasus Men’s Wellbeing Centre CIC

A FREE and CONFIDENTIAL project has launched to support anyone suffering emotionally or mentally due to the corona virus crisis.

It helps any gender, race, religion or location and is called The Corona Voice Project.

The project will allow members of the public (anyone effected by isolation or the chaos of our national crisis in any way) to contact Pegasus and arrange for either a telephone call session or a video call session.

Rachel Ratcliffe, director and volunteer coordinator at Pegasus Men’s Wellbeing Centre, said: 

"I am aware that some elderly people within my own community, who have already self-isolated, are already feeling, anxious and depressed. This national crisis affects everyone. No one is immune.

"Through this project, we can support our country community to stave off the negative emotional and psychological toll this incident will take.

"We are here for you. You are not alone."

The project offers 6 free counselling sessions, whether it is cabin fever, isolation, anxiety, depression, stress, work-burnout.

If you would like to refer someone, yourself or just know more, see www.pegasusmenswellbeing.co.uk/whats-new

7:24am

 WATCH      

Clap for Carers: Redruth

We'll be bringing you more of these - share yours by tagging us on Twitter @piratefm or email digital.media@piratefm.co.uk

7:19am

 STATS     

THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS FIGURES

Global Cases:
536,373

Deaths:
24,112

Recovered:
124,394

 

UK Cases:
11,658
 

Deaths:
578
 

Recovered:
135

7:14am

UK testing is 20 times lower than Germany

This from NBC's Global Chief Correspondant.

7:11am

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

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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

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE PIRATE FM NEWS ARTICLE

7:07am

Here's William and Kate's children joining in with Clap for Carers

7:03am

Reasons not to leave your house

6:58am

#ClapForOurCarers heard loud and proud across Cornwall

This was Bodmin at 8pm last night

6:57am
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