Coronavirus Live Blog, Monday, March 30

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Coronavirus Live Blog, Monday, March 30

Published at 6:45am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 7:46am 31st March 2020)

The week's live updates, local stories and light relief as Cornwall battles Coronavirus
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Updates from the week below.

The Greenbank Hotel

The Greenbank, The Alverton and The Penventon are offering 175 beds to support the NHS

Whether it’s a safe haven for their staff, or to provide an extension of hospital facilities, the space is being offered if needed.

Today a voluntary team of our staff are currently working on getting The Courtyard at The Alverton ready to hand over to the NHS later on, which will mean that they have 19 beds free of charge as well as a canteen kitchen for them to use.

For and on behalf of The Alverton, The Greenbank and The Penventon, please be aware that we are prepared and ready to be of service in whatever capacity we may serve you.

There is nothing more important than health at this time, and with over 175 guest rooms we have the capacity and ability to provide a safe haven for staff, or should it come to it, to provide an extension of hospital facilities.

We are here to do our bit, and we stand united with our NHS to minimise the unfolding explosion of demand on our county’s hospital.

Managing Director Ben Young


aeroplane plane

UK to spend £75m on charter flights to bring stranded Britons home

The UK is committing £75m to help Britons stranded abroad by chartering rescue flights when there are no other routes available.

The announcement was made by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the daily Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus.

Up to a million Britons are thought to be stranded as airlines and borders across the world shut down in a bid to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Trade have signed a memorandum of understanding with a group of airlines - Virgin, EasyJet, Jet2 and Titan Airways - to help travellers get back where they have tickets and where there are still commercial routes available. British Airways has also made a commitment.

Travellers will be allowed to use different carriers or fly on different days.


HRH Prince of Wales Prince Charles Royal Visit (Ellie Harries)

Prince Charles ends self-isolation after contracting COVID-19

t has been confirmed that the Prince of Wales is out of isolation after contracting coronavirus.

A short statement said: "Clarence House has confirmed today that, having consulted with his doctor, the Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation."

The royal has spent seven days by himself, in line with the standard government and medical guidelines.

Last Wednesday, Clarence House revealed that Prince Charles had tested positive for COVID-19 after feeling unwell over the weekend.



Over 9,000 people with coronavirus are now being treated for it in hospital


Emergency Bus Timetables being updated regularly from Transport for Cornwall

At Transport for Cornwall Health and safety is our priority.

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are running emergency bus timetables and these are changing frequently, due to demand.

For the latest times please see our website or follow us on twitter.

If you have any questions please call our team free on 0808 196 2632



One Day More with the Marsh family

This is a musical masterpiece!



Cornish Claire is learning to samba from her TV!

She's even whacked her Pirate uniform on because she misses wearing it!


Cornwall services main building is now closed


Cornish school manufacturing NHS protection


Help for those suffering due to domestic violence


James Kittow offers free delivery within 15 miles of par


A good bit of Cornish humour



Claire tries a new app to investigate the night sky


Cornwall to sing for the NHS

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A choir leader from Lostwithiel, a small town in Cornwall, has acted on an idea posed by a local electrician to create a simple song that everyone in their community can also sing together - at 8pm on Thursday, April 2.

Ian Holding, a resident of Lostwithiel, and a fan of Lostfest and Lost in Song, had the idea of using the well-known and easy melody of Hey Jude.

Via Facebook, Ian suggested it to choirmaster Emma Mansfield who has created fitting words and a Cornish backdrop to a Vimeo video which everyone can use to prepare. 

The concept has already gathered storm and now people across Cornwall are preparing to share in the Cornwall Sings for the NHS tribute this coming Thursday at 8pm, with others across the country indicating that their local street or village will also be joining the throng. 



Kindness for NHS workers continues across the country


Easyjet has grounded all its aircraft



A minutes silence has been held in Spain to honour those who have died

Spain becomes the third country to report more cases of Coronavirus than China.


Another Downing Street self-isolation


How to look after your mental health during Coronavirus


F1 team and University breathing aid is APPROVED


Cornwall unites to help the vulnerable


Well here's an idea...



Stars of Contagion movie dish out COVID-19 advice

Stars of the movie Contagion have issued a series of public service announcements urging people to wash their hands and practice social distancing.

Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Laurence Fishburne are among the actors taking part in the virtual reunion, filming themselves sharing evidence-based information about COVID-19.

Working with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, they hope to dispel misinformation and fake news around the pandemic.

The actors spent time with some of the most important public health officials in the world while preparing for their roles in the 2011 thriller.

Damon, who played someone who was immune to the virus, says in his short video that he doesn't expect to have the same luck with coronavirus.

He tells fans: "That was a movie. This is real life. I have no reason to believe I'm immune to COVID-19 and neither do you, no matter how young you are.

"You can literally sit on your sofa or chair and save a life… Now is the time to spend all the time you want staring at your phone or tablet, and if anyone gives you a hard time about it tell them not to bother you because you are saving lives."

He adds: "Other generations have been asked to do extraordinary things, we're being asked to just stay at home. We got this. Please, let's respect and protect our elders."



Coronavirus outbreak 'may kill 200,000 Americans' as Donald Trump reveals expected peak

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Donald Trump has said coronavirus deaths in the US are expected to peak in two weeks - as his top scientific adviser warned the outbreak could kill up to 200,000 Americans.

The US president announced he was extending the 15-day period of social distancing in the country, which was due to expire on Monday, until 30 April.

In a briefing at the White House, Mr Trump said his remarks last week that he wanted the US economy running again by Easter were "aspirational".

"The modelling estimates that the peak in the death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," he said.

"The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end. Therefore we'll be extending our guidelines to April 30th to slow the spread."



Uber to support NHS staff with 300,000 free trips and meals

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Uber will cover free meals and trips to NHS staff, helping reduce the pressure on the heroes on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.

The free rides and meals can be claimed by anyone with an NHS email address, including many of the 300,000 nurses in the UK.

Uber will commit 200,000 free trips up to a value of £15 each to help staff get to and from work.



Medics 'hiding' COVID-19 protective equipment 'out of sheer desperation'


Hospital staff are hiding personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus outbreak due to shortages on the NHS frontline, medics have claimed.

Some workers are said to be going off sick because they fear the provisions are inadequate - with one doctor saying it seems "inevitable" they will contract COVID-19.

Global shortages of the equipment medics and carers need to protect themselves against the virus have led to shortfalls in the UK.

Several medics have now come forward to express concerns about a lack of PPE in NHS hospitals.



Let's help each other stay safe in every way


Cornwall teacher accepts Tik Tok dare from students

A Cornish teacher who tried to inspire his students has found himself having to copy an internet video craze.

Pool Academy’s Head of Year 7, Ali Durant, said he would film himself doing a Tik Tok dance called Renegade - if he received 50 outstanding pieces of work by the end of the week.

And, of course, they delivered.

Pool Academy has now shared the video of Mr Durant on its Facebook page.

Wearing a grey hoodie and pulled-up white socks, he not only attempts the dance, but absolutely smashes it!

Principal Miss Meakin said: “This is a wonderfully imaginative way to help students stay engaged with their learning."


Council helps fund projects which are supporting local residents during coronavirus pandemic


Penzance Council is using its Social Action Fund to support projects which are helping vulnerable people in the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Originally set up in 2019, the Fund is usually targeted at measures which help tackle issues such as poverty, homelessness and rough sleeping, drugs and alcohol abuse, youth issues and loneliness and dementia.

But he council has now redirected some of the funding to support a range of community initiatives to help local residents during the next 12 weeks.

These include projects which are providing additional accommodation for homeless people, schemes to deliver essential groceries and prescriptions for those who are self isolating or have been advised to shield themselves, and carrying out regular checks on people who are living alone.

The grants include :

  • £1,000 for the Breadline in Penzance project run by St Petrocs – during the past few weeks St Petrocs has increased the opening hours at its resource centre in Penzance to include weekends so people sleeping rough can visit the doctor, use the toilet and shower, have some food, and receive help to get housing so they can self-isolate. The funding from the Council will enable these extra hours to continue over the next 12 weeks while the Government’s “lockdown” restrictions are in place . The project anticipates that around 65 people will use the service during this period.
  • £,1000 for Pengarth Day Centre - the funding will be used to increase the capacity of its Meals on Wheels service to help provide more people with meals, and carry out welfare checks ( by phone and visit) and collect and deliver prescriptions and shopping for vulnerable people.
  • £1,500 for the Whole Again Communities CIC -the funding will enable the project to make and deliver cooked food and boxes of fresh produce to vulnerable  households and families on Treneere Estate.  The teams are proving information and advice on cooking and growing food and general support via Facebook Live workshops, and delivering seeds and arts and crafts materials. The project anticipates increasing their regular delivery rounds to more than 50 households, providing more than 400 hot meals a week.
  • £750 for the Street Food Project run by the Growing Links CIC. The funding will be used to buy fresh fruit and vegetables to provide food for around 200 vulnerable people and their families living in and around Penzance a week during the coronavirus outbreak.  These include people living rough and in tents in the town




If you can't sleep you're not alone

#cantsleep is trending on Twitter for a reason.


Overcrowded Cornish homes 'at risk', says think tank


More than 1,500 Cornish residents are living in overcrowded accommodation, with a leading housing think tank warning they are more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

With Covid-19 cases spreading across the UK, the Government is advising people to practise social distancing, while those with symptoms have been told to isolate themselves indoors.

But think tank the Resolution Foundation said many households will struggle to follow safety guidelines because they are in cramped or crowded housing, and called on the Government to consider the impact on such groups when issuing health advice.

The latest Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures show there were 1,728 households on the housing waiting list in Cornwall in 2018-19 who were living in overcrowded, unsanitary or unsatisfactory conditions.



Warning from the government



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EasyJet grounds all flights due to COVID-19 pandemic


EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet of aircraft due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline said.

More follows...


Car parking charges suspended across Cornwall

pay and display parking

Car parking charges in Cornwall have been suspended to help support essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cornwall Council says the measures, which also include parking zone restrictions, will be in place until the end of April.

The changes are already in force and will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Officials say they want to make it as easy as possible for key workers and for them not to worry about handling coins.



Well this is terrifying from the president of Belarus...


Cornwall Fire Brigade asking how you're spending time at home


Number of Covid-19 cases in Cornwall rises to 64


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has risen to 64, according to official figures from Public Health England.

Meantime the death toll in the Duchy remains at seven. All those who lost their lives here had underlying health conditions and had been cared for at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

It comes as the UK death toll rises to 1,235 after another 207 deaths were recorded in just 24 hours.

The increase in deaths came as the government warned the nationwide lockdown could go on for a "significant" time.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says the length of the lockdown has not been decided but scientists at Imperial College, who are advising the government, suggest it should go on until late May or early June.

Mr Gove warned the lockdown would be longer if people do not stick to the rules.



String of crimes committed by people with Covid-19 symptoms

police officer

A string of crimes have been committed across Cornwall by people with coronavirus symptoms.

Police say arrests have been made for GBH, drink driving and even violently assaulting officers.

Supt Ian Drummond-Smith tweeted to thank the officers who are keeping us safe whilst at risk of exposure.


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.




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


It's Monday, it's a whole new week of Coronavirus-related developments.

Strap in.

Here we go ....

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