Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday, April 2

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday, April 2

Published at 7:08am 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 6:26pm 2nd April 2020)

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

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Don't forget to #ClapForOurCarers tonight


Morrisons donated a box of goodies to the Liskeard Ambulance crew

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Global pride event announced 

Cornwall won't be having a Pride Bus Tour this year, due to coronavirus, but a Global Pride event will be taking place on Saturday the 27th of June to keep the pride spirit going.

Pride organisations around the world have come together to organise a ‘Global Pride’ event on Saturday 27 June 2020, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations that have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed and people will be invited to join in the event from home.

Global Pride


Can I still make a Will during the coronavirus pandemic?

Advice from Sarah Cornish of Coodes Solicitors

"Given the social distancing measures in place, is it possible to make or update a Will during the coronavirus pandemic? Sarah Cornish, Partner and Head of Coodes Solicitors’ Wills, Probate and Trusts team, outlines the practicalities.

The restrictions that have been in place to slow down the spread of coronavirus are impacting on all areas of life. Many of our clients have been in touch to ask us if they can still make a Will, or update an existing Will.

Our team has been working had to put into place the necessary steps to ensure that taking instructions for and processing Wills can seamlessly continue. While we have had to adapt some of our usual practices, the overall process remains the same. Crucially, we will continue to provide exactly the same level of expertise and approach every Will with the high standards of ethics and professionalism to which we always adhere.

Can I get advice on my Will, given the social distancing measures now in place?
We usually meet face to face with clients to take instructions for a new Will or to discuss updating an existing Will.  However, because of the social distancing rules we are using email, telephone and video calls instead. This involves arranging a convenient time with you for the appointment and allocating the same amount of time as we would if you were coming into the office.

We have had a number of these appointments since the restrictions were introduced. It is working well and we can still discuss everything we would cover in a face-to-face meeting.

When you contact Coodes to make an appointment, we will take some details from you and send you a questionnaire which covers everything you need to consider when making the Will.  We will ask you to complete and return the questionnaire by email so we can review it prior to our appointment.  If that is not possible, please do not worry – we can simply talk through the questionnaire to gather the information we need.

How will I review and approve the draft Will?
Once we have drafted the Will, based on our discussion with you, we can then either email or post it to you for you to review along with a summary of the provisions contained within the Will.  When you have read through the Will, you will need to contact us to let us know if you wish to make any alterations and amendments. We will then arrange the final Will ready for signature to come to you.

This is, in fact, exactly the same process as we would follow in usual circumstances.

Does my Will signature still need to be witnessed when social distancing measures are in place?
A number of clients are asking whether it is possible to sign a Will and if they still need it to be witnessed, given the social distancing measures now in place. To be legally binding and provide protection against fraud, a Will signing must be witnessed by two people. News reports suggest the Law Society is in discussion with the Government about a temporary relaxing of these rules, but for now they are remain in place.

We have a plain English set of instructions that we will send to you with the Will along with guidelines on how to arrange the signature in your own homes, using friends or neighbours as witnesses, while adhering to the social distancing rules.

Since the social distancing measures were introduced, we have successfully arranged a number of Will signings for our clients.

Are you still able to store my Will?
Once your Will has been completed, we are happy to store it free of charge.

So, from start to finish, we can complete the whole process without you having to step into any of our offices.

The coronavirus pandemic is a fast-changing situation and we will continue to update you if any of this changes. Our focus is to ensure we continue to offer our clients the very best service and expert advice.

If you would like our advice and guidance in writing or updating a Will then please contact us through our website or call 0800 3283282."


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People are getting *really* creative in isolation...

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Three more people die in Cornwall from coronavirus

Three more people have now died in Cornwall from contracting the coronavirus according to the latest figures from NHS England. 
All three patients were being cared for at the Royal Cornwall Hospital before they died. 

On Wednesday, we reported that more six people had died. 

It now brings the total of deaths in the Duchy to 19. 

Nationally A further 561 people, who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 2,698.




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National Express to fully suspend services by midnight on the 5th April

National Express will fully suspend its national network of scheduled coach services with effect from midnight Sunday 5 April 2020.

Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach: “We kept a limited coach network running to be able to help those individuals with essential travel needs but it is no longer viable to continue to do this.

“Passenger numbers continue to fall as the public rightly follow government advice to avoid non-essential travel. The decision to temporarily suspend all services is the right one based on the current unprecedented circumstances and I hope our passengers understand this.

“It is very clear that the critical thing we must do to protect our NHS and save lives is to stay at home. All journeys before Monday 6 April will be completed and we will ensure customers are not stranded but until further notice, we will not be running any services.”

Passengers who had travel booked can choose to hold the ticket and amend for future travel within the next 12 months, free of charge, regardless of the terms and conditions. Customers do not need to make contact until they wish to rebook.

For passengers who do not want this option, a full refund will be issued for cancelled services in line with terms and conditions.

Full details are available on the National Express website

Chris Hardy added: “Our drivers, customer service teams, customer contact centre and the wider National Express team have been working incredibly hard to keep our services running safely and we thank them for their efforts. We are speaking to them about what this means and will continue to do all we can to support everyone who works in our business at this challenging time.

“We know this is a worrying time. We take the welfare of our customers and employees extremely seriously and will continue to take guidance from the Government to ensure we do everything we sensibly can to keep them safe.

“Regular updates will be provided through our website, social media channels and email alerts.

“When the time is right, we look forward to resuming services and welcoming customers back on board.”


Persimmon Homes donates face masks and gloves to the NHS

They released the following statement:

"We've stepped in to help the NHS by donating hundreds of much-needed face masks and gloves.

We've gathered all of the spare PPE normally used on our building sites and handed it over to be utilised by doctors and nurses on the frontline, as the battle against Covid-19 intensifies. Donations include face masks, latex gloves, goggles, glasses and hand sanitiser. The equipment has been handed straight to local hospitals. The NHS is in desperate need of all safety gear due to a global shortage, forcing some hospitals to try and source equipment independently to keep employees safe from infection.

Dave Jenkinson, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that our regional businesses right across the country have stepped up and donated this equipment to hospitals in need. Our NHS is doing a tremendous job in this fight against coronavirus. We all appreciate the work the doctors and nurses are doing to look after people in need and we’re pleased that we can help in this small way. They deserve to be as protected as possible.”

In order to protect the health of our employees, we've taken the decision to commence an orderly closedown of building work and temporarily close sales offices across the country. During the crisis, we're supporting groups which benefit people aged over-70 with £64,000 of grants every month through our Community Champions scheme. Established in 2015, the scheme gives away two grants of £1,000 in each of the 32 operating regions every month and it has been decided that the money will be targeted at over-70s groups for the foreseeable future. Applications for Community Champions can be made

Mr Jenkinson added: “We are determined to do whatever we can to help the country through the difficult weeks and months ahead. As a management team we are considering ways we can do that.”



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He works the diner all day.


Get ready to clap again tonight


Updated information from the NHS

Truro School and The Hive Cornwall (1)

Cornish school and charity produce 4000 meals a week

Truro School has donated use of its catering facilities and cookery staff to help The Hive Cornwall batch produce nutritious food for people suffering from food insecurity.

Using surplus food products donated by national suppliers, the team have been busily preparing and cooking a range of delicious meals for children who normally qualify for free school meals, and whose schools are now closed, and elderly people.

The Hive Cornwall is a Cornish charity engaged with processing and extending the longevity of surplus food in order to reduce greenhouse gases, feed those with food insecurity and provide employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. As a result of the emergency situation arising from Covid-19, The Hive received an informal request from the Cornwall Council Emergency Planning committee asking them to explore the urgent restarting of food production.

Following this request, The Hive, having outgrown the kitchens at RNAS Culdrose, put out an appeal for the use of an industrial kitchen and Truro School stepped in to help.

The food is currently being batch cooked within the Truro School catering department before being vacuum packed or frozen into 2kg pouches. Each pouch provides nutritious food for a family of up to five and is delivered to distribution locations within Cornwall. Charity workers and schools are then able to access the pouches from these locations and distribute directly to those in need.

Assistant Head of Cookery at Truro School, Alistair Turner said: “It is a privilege to be working alongside The Hive to produce food for those who would otherwise struggle during this period. The catering facilities at Truro School are perfect for this project and with the school moving to remote teaching during this period they are facilities that would otherwise be sitting empty.

“This morning we received 394 gammon joints from a national supplier. The joints had been rejected by the supermarkets due to a short use by date. By batch cooking them on the day and freezing them we are extending the longevity of surplus food and it is incredible to think that without charities such as The Hive these would have contributed to the 6 million tonnes of food that is otherwise sent to landfill each year.”

The Hive Chair of Trustees, Tony Hogg, said: “We are very grateful to Truro School for stepping in to support our food production during this time. With 1 in 4 children in Cornwall currently suffering food insecurity, it is at times like these that our community rely greatly on donations from local businesses and we would like to thank Truro School, Cornwall Council, Bosvigo School, Brakes, Conway Bailey and a growing band of volunteers for their help in continuing our work to deliver thousands of meals each week to vulnerable people.”



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Cornwall police Commander thanks the cleaner


Cornwall to sing for the NHS

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A choir leader from Lostwithiel 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 tonight.

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. 



Banks must help people struggling during Coronavirus

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How singers are providing a lifeline to care home residents in lockdown

Tapping her feet and swaying, care home resident Freda Colbourne is transported to another world by the singing she's listening to outside her window. 

Family and friends aren't allowed to visit the Cedar Lawn care home in Stratford Upon Avon due to lockdown restrictions, as coronavirus continues to spread across the UK.

Contact with the outside world is now minimal, but Hannah Ciotkowski, from the healthcare charity Kissing It Better, is making sure people don't feel too lonely, standing outside and singing a collection of golden oldies for the residents inside.

Freda, 97, seems particularly touched by the music, telling us how lovely it is to hear the singing, especially Over The Rainbow, which reminds her of her late husband and was played at his funeral.

Kissing It Better was set up in 2009 by Jill Fraser to "try and do what we can to help the isolated and lonely".

Young people are invited to use their skills, be it singing or juggling, reading or rapping, "to bring the generations together".

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Jill says their work is now more important than ever.




Some doggy distraction is what you need this morning


How South West hospital admissions compare to the rest of the country


Rock Oyster Festival postponed

Organisers or Rock Oyster Festival say this year's event will no longer be taking place.

All tickets will be valid for next year and the team say the will donate a free ticket to an NHS or key worker friend of your choice for those that have already bought tickets. 

“We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it’s become clear that it just isn’t possible for this year’s festival to go ahead. The UK government and Public Health England have indicated that the current restrictions may need to remain in place for several months. With so much uncertainty around how this situation will unfold, it makes it impossible for us, as a small independent festival, to plan and produce a viable event in July. We extend our heartfelt apologies to all of you.”

“This decision is devastating for us and we’re beyond disappointed, but we’ll be back stronger than ever and can’t wait to see you all back at Dinham House.”

The 2021 Rock Oyster Festival will take place from 30th July – 1st August 2021

For more information and to keep up to date with all the festival news, visit

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Message of reassurance as coronavirus death toll rises

A message of reassurance is going out as the coronavirus death toll rises in Cornwall.

Six more fatalities in the Duchy were confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths here to 16.

But bosses at Treliske say the deaths occurred over the past five days and therefore is not a sharp rise in figures.

"The announcement of deaths has first and foremost to follow time for families to be informed and then to be coordinated with national announcements, so numbers are accurately reported.

"This does mean there will sometimes be a delay between the time of death and when an announcement is made.

"Therefore, today’s figure should not be interpreted as a sharp rise in the number of cases in Cornwall over the last 24 hours, as deaths have occurred over the last five days."

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

RCHT says the six newly confirmed cases all involved patients who were all aged between 78 and 97 years old.

All had been cared for at Treliske and bosses say it is a "deeply upsetting and difficult time for families".


Coronavirus patients more likely to die may have ventilators taken away


Coronavirus patients may have life-saving treatment withdrawn if others with the virus are more likely to survive, according to new guidance issued to UK doctors.

Health workers could be forced to make "grave decisions" should hospitals become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the latest advice from the British Medical Association (BMA) states.

The document warns that decisions around rationing scarce resources, such as ventilators, could determine whether large numbers of patients will receive life-saving treatment or not.

According to the new BMA guidance, doctors will face decisions "which mean some patients may be denied intensive forms of treatment that they would have received outside a pandemic".

"Health professionals may be obliged to withdraw treatment from some patients to enable treatment of other patients with a higher survival probability," the document states.

"This may involve withdrawing treatment from an individual who is stable or even improving but whose objective
assessment indicates a worse prognosis than another patient who requires the same resource."

The BMA's guidance says that during the peak of the pandemic doctors may have to assess a person's eligibility for treatment based on a "capacity to benefit quickly" basis.



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Wednesday night


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.



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