Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday, March 31

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday, March 31

Published at 7:05am 31st March 2020. (Updated at 7:05am 1st April 2020)

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

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Updates from the week below.




And you thought a video conference at work was difficult!


Healey's calls for small bottles to distribute hand sanitiser to the public, after donating huge batches to the NHS



hospital bed

Three more people die of COVID-19 in Cornwall

Three more people have died in Cornwall after contracting the coronavirus. 

That is according to the latest figures released by NHS England. 

The patients were receiving treatment at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) before they died. 

It brings the number of deaths in the Duchy to ten. 

A total of 367 people who've tested positive for the Coronavirus in England have died in the last 24 hours.

It's more than double the number of deaths announced by the NHS this time on Monday. 




Can't argue with a dog so...


So good!


Safety guide for adults with learning difficulties


We've been sent this awesome poster on how to stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Liam Tonkin, who usually attends Kehelland Trust College, shared his work.

It includes tips on what to do if you feel poorly, what to do when you cough and how to wash your hands.

Well done Liam!


Cornish facebook page set up to connect keyworkers with temporary accommodation to protect their loved ones



Join in Claire's pasty-making dance fitness class!


Live web chats for youngsters

online chat poster updated

Young People Cornwall is running a live web chat for any young people in Cornwall aged 11-25.

The web chat is part of a project called Your Way which is funded by Cornwall Council.

It runs from 9am-9pm 7 days a week and can support young people around the following:

  • Well-being
  • Housing
  • Sexual health and relationships
  • Budgeting
  • Debt
  • Homelessness
  • Benefits
  • General support
  • Rights
  • Referrals for one to one support

As a youth work charity, its aim is to support as many young people as possible at this difficult and uncertain time in any way they can. The dedicated and knowledgeable team are here to help, so get in touch.

You can chat  at at

They are also running a number of live online activities on their Facebook page Young People Cornwall, Instagram ypcmakingwaves or you can call 01872 222447.


Fears over rising bills as Coronavirus forces people to work from home


There are concerns about the rising costs of household bills during the pandemic.

Social distancing and working from home is mandatory for all but key workers across the UK.

A new survey of 2,197 people across the UK found 81% are worried about their bill prices going up - with 33% already struggling with paying their bills on time.

The SaveOnEnergy survey also showed 67% believe that their utility companies should be footing their bill during lockdown, whilst 48% said they have looked for ways to decrease their bills.

The news comes as it is revealed that residents in South West England spend an average of £919 annually on utility bills - with a clear north/south divide between the areas overpaying on the energy they consume.

The most expensive area of the South West is Truro, where the average annual spend on utility bills per household is £994.



Nice to see everyone's getting creative...


Coast2Coast Motor Home Hire offer their motor homes to NHS staff as temporary accommodation


Urgent help needed at Cornwall doctors surgeries


GP Surgeries across East Cornwall are in urgent need of public support.

If you can help with sourcing any of the items listed below, they would love to hear from you.

East Cornwall Primary Care Network said: "Even if you can’t help directly, please do consider sharing this appeal on social media to help reach the widest possible number of people."

1. Hand Sanitizer

Surgeries have a desperate shortage of Hand Sanitizer. If you have any spare, even single bottles or know of larger quantities for sale, please do get in touch as a matter of urgency.

2. Space

Practice locations across the whole of East Cornwall have an urgent need to create temporary consultation rooms. This is in order to help patients with suspected Coronavirus symptoms, without having to compromise the entire GP surgery.

"To achieve this we are looking for any companies or individuals that may have any large trailers, vans, shipping containers or similar sized temporary structures that we can temporarily convert to on-site consultation rooms," said the Care Network.

"We do realise the nature and size of these requests and we hope that by reaching out to the wider public we may be able to continue to provide our communities the very best quality of care, whilst keeping our staff safe."

If you can help please contact

Paul Chuckle Corona

Comedian Paul Chuckle reveals he has been suffering from COVID-19

Comedian Paul Chuckle has revealed he has been suffering from coronavirus.

The 72-year-old - who was part of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers - said he had been "laid-up" with mild symptoms but they were "not nice" as he urged the British public to stay indoors.

In a video message posted on Twitter, Chuckle - whose real name is Paul Elliott - said: "Hi guys, just checking in to let you know I'm still around.

"I have been laid up with COVID-19 for a good few days, just mild, but it was there and it's not nice, I promise you, so please, please stay inside.

"We're all going stir-crazy, we know that, but please stay inside and take the pressure off the NHS, Marie Curie, etc, etc.

"Please, please, stay in guys and enjoy as best you can."


supermarket food vegetables

Supermarket vouchers to go out to children entitled to free school meals

Supermarket vouchers are to begin going out to children entitled to free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Schools have been closed as part of measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The vouchers, worth £15-a-week for each eligible child, have been set above the £11.50 currently paid to schools for the cost of providing free meals.

The decision is in recognition that families - unlike school caterers - do not order in bulk and therefore face higher costs.

The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, although Mr Williamson said he hoped to get all the supermarket chains signed up.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said schools across England are being invited to join the scheme to ensure those families most in need of support get the help they need.



The Red Lion Inn in St Kew is giving away free meals


The Cornish Seal Sanctuary launch their own seal school


Fresh meat home delivery slots available


Scorse Foods have just released a further 30 delivery slots for this Thursday 2nd April for the Helston area.

Get a complete meat box, enough to feed a family of 4 for a week for £35.



It's almost time!


"Don't be alarmed" over how paramedics look

The South West Ambulance Service has told people not to panic if they see staff wearing what at first glance might appear to be 'hazmat suits'.

It says they're just aprons, masks and other PPE to protect staff and patients.

"It doesn't mean we think you have coronavirus, we just want to make sure that we are being as careful as possible for everyone’s safety," said the South West Ambulance Service.


Need a new song to wash your hands to? Baby Shark has got you covered!

There's a new song guaranteed to get stuck in your head



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The spread of Coronavirus


Fears Cornwall could lose £300m this Easter

drone on beach

It is feared that Cornwall could lose 200 to 300 million pounds this Easter because of the coronavirus lockdown.

It comes as the school holidays start in the Duchy but tourism bosses are urging visitors and second home owners to stay away.

Malcolm Bell heads up Visit Cornwall. He says it is a "terrifying" time for businesses in both the tourism and food and drink sectors.

He hopes things could be back open for business by the summer but fears we may have lost most of the year.



People urged to stay home amid scrapped parking charges

garras wharf car park truro

Cornwall Council’s lead member for transport has stressed that a decision to waive parking charges is to help key workers and has urged people to stay at home.

The council announced on Friday that all charges at council-run car parks would be waived until the end of April to help provide parking for key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Car parking charges suspended across Cornwall
With all but essential travel being banned under the current restrictions the waiving of charges is not aimed at members of the public to be able to park.

“Suspension of car park charges is another way Cornwall Council can aid essential workers get on with the business of helping others. This should not affect the general public as we should all be staying home in any case. We need residents to stay at home and stay safe.”

“The situation will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Once Government guidance changes and life returns more to normal, we are already committed that any reintroduction of charges will be at the current winter charging rates until at least March 2021.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport



Cornwall calls on government for PPE supplies


Cornwall is calling on the government to speed up the delivery of PPE supplies to key workers.
That includes things such as facemasks, gloves, eye protection and hand sanitiser.

The Council says personal protective equipment is vital for people to safely carry out their jobs.

Council leader Julian German has asked for further details about how and when that equipment will be distributed. 



Are you anxious about Coronavirus?


Emergency Bus Timetables being updated regularly from Transport for Cornwall

Transport for Cornwall said:

"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"



It sounds like such a good collaboration - just not for real life


Well this tweet is accurate

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Get well soon Michael Rosen



Has this family just made the perfect Coronavirus anthem?

Even the argument at the start seems just right! 😂


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