Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday, April 1

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday, April 1

Published at 7:04am 1st April 2020. (Updated at 7:08am 2nd April 2020)

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

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Havencare urgently searching for carers

**Urgently Required**

Casual Support Worker Role

Location: Multiple Services across Havencare’s Plymouth, Cornwall and Devon Services.

Hours: 0 hours contract

Pay: £9.30 per hour

Job Description:

Do you have experience in the care sector? Would you like to put your valuable skills to good use, during the current Covid-19 crisis? Maybe you could use the extra money to get you through the next few months of uncertainty?

Havencare are currently looking for experienced support workers to join our friendly team, either on a short term or long-term basis. you are motivated by a real passion to make a difference to someone else’s life and are looking for flexible hours to suit you, then come and join our dedicated team.

As a support worker you would be required to cover shifts across our services for people with learning disabilities and Autism in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

Training and development opportunities will be provided for the right candidate.
If you would like to join us in this rewarding role you will need to be able to:

 -Work with Support Plans that are tailored to the individual’s likes and dislikes.
- Support people to engage in meaningful activities in everyday life and access the      community, in a range of leisure and social opportunities (e.g. shopping, theatre visits, swimming, walking, holidays).
- Promote independence and maintaining life skills.
- Motivate individuals to achieve their goals.
- Build strong relationships through excellent communication skills and shared interests, whilst maintaining solid family connections.
- Support in personal care.
- Play a key part in delivering outcome focused support plans.
- A full UK driving license is not essential but would be desirable.

In return, we will:

- Train you to ensure you have all the skills you require to succeed, as well as providing ongoing training and development.
- Offering an attractive hourly rate of pay.
- Offering holiday accrued for hours worked.
- Provide Career Development opportunities.

We are currently able to Fast Track your application to get you working as soon as possible
Cash incentive offered for those who hold a transferable DBS
Help with Mileage

If you are interested and have either unreserved or set availability at certain times (for example, you can only cover weekends / nights / term time only etc.) - YOU can become a Casual Worker for Havencare and support this fast-growing charity in providing high quality services for those who need it.

Applications will be considered as and when received. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me for a chat on 07883 446980 or 01752 251476.

To apply for this role, please follow this link and create an account on Webrecruit where we will be able to view your application:


Six more people die of coronavirus in Cornwall

Six more people in Cornwall have died from coronavirus according to the latest figures from NHS England.
It brings the total number of deaths in the Duchy to 16. 

They were being cared for at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske when they died. 

On Tuesday, it was reported that three people had died of the disease. 

Three more people die of Covid-19 in Cornwall

“We are sad to confirm that six people who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died over the last five days.

“They were aged between 78 and 97 years.

“This is a deeply upsetting and difficult time for the families concerned and out of respect for their privacy, we will not be commenting further.

“Our staff have been working hard to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 here in Cornwall and are pulling together to do their very best for our patients – our families, our friends, our colleagues.

A Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spokesperson

Meanwhile, across the rest of England, a further 486 people, who tested positive for the COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 2,137.



Sarah and daughter Madison spread smiles in Gunnislake

The pair brought joy to their village, putting up cheery home made posters (which we love!).

They received a lot of love back from their community, with mum Sarah saying:

We got loads of smiles from passing vehicles and they beeped there horns and waved and flashed there lights and helped make her smile brighter.

Sarah and Madison

'Feeding the Frontline' facebook page and fundraiser set up in Cornwall

Their aim is to raise money to 'provide food, drink and goodies to the heroes working on the frontline in Cornwall'


Jon Bon Jovi washes dishes at one of his JBJ Soul Kitchens to feed the homeless

Bowgie Easter Egg Hunt

Newquay Pub will host Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Among the latest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is one of the country’s most cherished rites of Spring; the Easter Egg Hunt. With the UK in lockdown and gathering in groups strictly prohibited, The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, has come up with a creative way of keeping the tradition alive during the pandemic. 

“We wanted to come up with a way of ensuring that an Easter Egg Hunt could go ahead for all the kids (and big kids!) who would have otherwise missed out this year” commented Sally Pickles, Owner of The Bowgie Inn. “So, on Sunday 12th April, we’re going to be doing our very own virtual Easter Egg Hunt in Crantock on Facebook!” 

Despite not being able to do the activity in person, The Bowgie’s Facebook video will encourage families to watch along together and look carefully to spot Easter Eggs which will be hidden along the route. 

“There will be a number of Easter Eggs for the kids to spot and we will be asking viewers to comment how many they manage to see!” commented Sally. “We will then choose a correct guess and send the winner some Easter goodies by post!”

The Bowgie will be sharing the Easter Egg Hunt on their Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 12th April. 

“We hope to spread some positivity and enjoyment with our virtual Egg Hunt and continue the tradition of Easter despite the current circumstances!” added Sally. 


Cornish Claire makes playdough!

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563 more people die with COVID-19 in UK - bringing total to 2,352

Another 563 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus - bringing the total number of deaths to 2,352.

The deaths happened in the 24 hours before 5pm on Tuesday, the Department of Health said.

It is the largest increase so far.

Scotland reported another 16 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total to 76.

In Wales, 29 more people have died, with the country's total now at 98.

England's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, said on Monday she was anticipating the number of deaths to "get worse over the next week, possibly two" before they decline due to people adhering to the lockdown and social distancing measures.

The Department of Health said 29,474 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Tuesday, 4,324 more than the 24 hours before.



RNLI launches new educational Facebook live show


Government ditches cap on NHS staff being tested for coronavirus

ospitals have been told to test as many staff as possible for coronavirus after Health Secretary Matt Hancock removed a cap on the number of NHS workers who can be assessed each day.

The UK can now test more than 12,000 people per day for COVID-19, with that capacity expected to soon rise to 15,000 tests per day.

The government aims to increase this further to 25,000 tests per day by the middle of this month.

However, concerns have been raised about the country's current level of testing, following comparisons with nations such as Germany, which is estimated to now be conducting as many as 500,000 tests per week.

And questions have been asked about why the UK isn't even using its full testing capacity at laboratories.

Only 8,240 people were tested for coronavirus on Monday, despite the UK having the ability to test many more.

Mr Hancock has now acted to utilise the spare testing capacity by removing a limit on the number of NHS staff who can be tested.

Previously, 85% of UK testing was allocated for patients with COVID-19 symptoms, with the remaining 15% kept for hospital staff.

Due to the extra testing capacity now available, the health secretary has now scrapped this limit and ordered the NHS to test as many staff as possible, as well as patients.

Any spare testing capacity will now be used to test NHS staff and their families in order to keep hospital workers on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.


Royal Cornwall Hospital

Cornish women asking for £1 donations towards local hospital

Two women in Cornwall are asking for a donation of just £1 as part of an initiative to raise money for the Royal Cornwall Hospital. 
It comes as an increasing amount of strain is being put on its staff and resources due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

So far, there are 81 cases of the virus in the Duchy, of which 10 people have now died., according the Public Health website. 

Three more people die of COVID-19 in Cornwall
Lousie Hopes and Natalie Pain have set up a GoFundMe page, asking for every person in the county to donate £1 to show their support for their local hospital. There are just under 566,000 people who call Cornwall home. 

So far, they have raised almost £24,600. 



Wadebridge Primary Academy create a rainbow of hand prints 

The children of keyworkers still going to school have been working hard to create a beautiful hand print rainbow display to spread joy within the school.

The few children we have been seeing have all worked together to create a hand print rainbow which we will be putting in our school hall, with a pot of gold beneath it which we will start to fill with messages of positivity and support from pupils, staff and parents over the coming weeks to really promote a sense of school community.

We are asking our  parents and pupils to send their comments to us to add to the pot of gold and we will share these with pupils and parents over the coming weeks and months. When the time comes to return to school, the rainbow and messages will be displayed in our school hall for all to see.

Luke O'Dwyer - Teacher at Wadebridge Primary Academy 


Haywood Farm Cider keeps everyone entertained with live musical performances

Catch them over on their facebook page!


This message from a 93 year old Scottish Granny!


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Spiderman helping cheer up kids on his daily exercise

Andrew is calling on other people to don costumes when out jogging to bring smiles to faces.


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Russell Howard's furious about foreign doctors being asked to save lives

He said the offered reward was "unbelievable".

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Neighbour 'caught sneaking out' during lockdown

We suspect this is just a bit of humour and not an actual attempt to flout the rules!


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Johnny Cowling recovering from suspected coronavirus

Pirate FM's very own Johnny Cowling has opened up about his "horrific" experience as he recovers from suspected coronavirus.

Our fabulous Hometime Show co-host fell ill around two weeks ago, after his son came home from college feeling poorly.

Johnny then developed symptoms of Covid-19, he became very unwell with a chronic flu-like illness, which left him weak, out of breath and with a bad cough.

"I had a bit of a turn about 5am one morning. My wife Sarah called 111 and the woman on the other end was amazing and talked me through because I was getting anxious," he said.

"Everyone has been so kind. We will get through this but it has knocked us a bit.

Thankfully Johnny is now on the mend and is recovering at home with his family.

Now he is thanking our incredible NHS staff for everything they are doing and he is urging people to stay at home.

You can listen to him explain what happened here


Cornish Coronavirus humour on April Fools


Thailand trials 15-minute COVID-19 test


A new 15-minute COVID-19 test has been launched in Thailand aimed at increasing the number of people being screened for the deadly virus and easing the burden on the health system.

Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok rolled out the rapid kit this week hoping it will help to quickly identify people with the illness.

Coronavirus cases rose sharply in Thailand in March, with panicked citizens flocking to under-pressure hospitals for coronavirus tests.

Currently doctors rely on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests from nasal and throat swabs to detect COVID-19.

The demand for the PCR test can mean kits are in short supply and results can take two to four days.

The new rapid strip tests detect antibodies (IgG & IgM) in the blood serum or plasma which could indicate that a patient either currently or previously had COVID-19.

It works with a drop of blood and gives a first positive or negative result in 10 to 15 minutes.

Although it does not replace the need for laboratory testing of COVID-19‎, there is hope that the test kit will help reduce the large number of patients who need to go to the hospital for examination.



How London's NHS Nightingale Hospital was built in a fortnight


From the outside there is not much to suggest that this east London riverside landmark is now the world's largest critical care facility. The new NHS logo only hints at what is inside.

Two weeks ago the first plans were drawn up to re-purpose this giant conference centre into a specialist COVID-19 field hospital called the NHS Nightingale.

The result is simply staggering.

As you make your way past the shuttered fast food stands, you notice the lines of masking tape on the floor, marking out designated areas. The Costa Coffee stand will be a pharmacy next week.

There is a real buzz inside. Hundreds of people busy making the final preparations as the NHS Nightingale gets ready to take on its first patient.

There are soldiers in full uniform, carpenters measuring and marking, stewards in fluorescent bibs marshalling volunteers through the crowded corridors.

Trucks unload ventilators and other life-saving medical machinery. They will soon be plumbed into a four-mile long oxygen supply network.

Porters hurriedly wheel new beds towards the waiting wards.




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Easter chocolate donations for care staff

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Easter is going to be different for many of us this year but, thanks to the generosity of local food outlets, Easter eggs will still be on the menu for hard-pressed Cornwall Care staff.

Waitrose was the first supermarket to arrange a delivery of fifty eggs to the charity’s administrative offices in Threemilestone. 

“The Easter eggs will be distributed throughout our organisation and are certain to cheer everyone up as they go about their vital business of looking after elderly and vulnerable people in exceptionally difficult circumstances,” said Cornwall Care Fundraising Manager Jan Burns. 

“Waitrose were really quick to get in touch, saying they wanted to show their gratitude to those working on the frontline with a selection of chocolate goodies that will hopefully cheer them up during these strange and challenging times. Iceland are also arranging for 80 chocolate items to be sent to Redannick and Mountford homes in Truro and Marks & Spencer in Hayle has donated cake to Blackwood home in Camborne.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of them. Their generosity is hugely appreciated and will definitely help make Easter seem a little more special.”

Cornwall Care employs more than 1400 staff to look after 645 people in its 16 care homes and another 264 elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes. The charity is working very closely with the NHS during the current crisis – supporting as many people as possible in the community in order to free up more hospital beds for those needing intensive intervention.

Anyone wishing to contribute Easter eggs can email


Alex Horne and Greg Davies are Hometasking the nation through lockdown boredom

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The creator of Taskmaster is on a mission to entertain a world stuck in lockdown, one 20 second video at a time.

Faced with the prospect of spending months at home due to coronavirus, comedian Alex Horne is challenging the public to complete a series of tasks, using nothing but themselves and things they can find in their house.

Christening the project "Hometasking", Horne tells Sky News he's been impressed by the result: "A lot of the public are far better than any of the comedians we've ever had on the show".



People with minor injuries to be turned away from Treliske

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Truro's minor injury unit is relocating because of the coronavirus pressures at Treliske.

Patients arriving at A&E at the Royal Cornwall Hospital with less serious illnesses and injuries will now be sent to the Camborne and Redruth hospital.

The community hospital MIU will assess and treat patients instead, as part of the Covid-19 emergency planning.

Bosses say this will allow staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to focus on critically unwell or injured patients at the emergency department.



Cornwall police reminder of exercise rules


Police "made to look like the enemy" says Cornwall officer

Harry Tangye is a Devon and Cornwall Police armed response sergeant.


Teen becomes youngest to die from the virus


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


 RECAP: Tuesday      

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Three more people die of COVID-19 in Cornwall

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

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

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




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