Coronavirus Live Blog: Friday, April 3rd

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Friday, April 3rd

Published at 6:23pm 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 11:35pm 3rd April 2020)

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

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Fab community spirit in Redruth tonight!


Tulip Redruth are hiring immediate start staff

To keep up with the demand for more food, Tulip in Redruth are looking for 30 people to join their team in the factory.

No particular skills are needed, just the willingness to get stuck in and help support the team. 

The jobs are in their Redruth factory, however every precaution is being put in place to keep staff onsite safe and well. This includes preliminary interviews taking place over the phone. 

At Tulip Redruth, we are working hard to keep the site running with the increased demands on feeding the nation, our orders are much higher than usual given the increased demand, people clearly eating more at home. We need to find new ways to increase our capacity and we need more willing people to come and help us in this time of need.

We would like to reach out to our local community and make you aware of our need and give people an opportunity to support the wider population whilst also earning some additional money during uncertain times?

They can apply on line, via indeed If they search Tulip Redruth in the ‘What bar search’. They can also apply via a paper application at site. Skills wise, we are looking for anyone who can support us. So anyone is welcome to apply.

Tulip Redruth

royal cornwall hospital

Temporary hospital to be built in Cornwall to cope with coronavirus

A number of sites are currently being considered for use as a Nightingale hospital in Cornwall to provide extra beds to cope with coronavirus.
Cornwall Council confirmed this lunchtime that it was currently in discussions with Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) and other NHS partners about the best location for a temporary hospital in Cornwall.

Council chief executive Kate Kennally told a press briefing that she expected confirmation of the chosen location to be announced later today.

She said:

“The regional teams of NHS England have been asked if there is a need for Nightingale beds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“A number of sites are being considered at the moment and a decision will be made on that today.

“We are working with RCHT to consider the capacity that is required and the most suitable location. The capacity will need to work for the whole of Cornwall.”
Ms Kennally said the discussions had been looking at what would be best for the deployment of resources as well as the need to provide support for all areas of Cornwall.

The announcement comes after it was revealed that Exeter Westpoint Arena was being prepared to be used as a Nightingale hospital for the South West.

A temporary hospital is also being planned to be operated in the Bristol area.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in London was opened this morning in London by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prince Charles, who addressed the ceremony from his home in Scotland.



Coronavirus deaths in Cornwall rises to 21

The number of deaths of those who were infected with coronavirus in Cornwall has risen to twenty-one.

In the last 24 hours, NHS England has confirmed that two more people have died from the disease. 

They were being treated at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske.

Nationally, A further 604 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 3,302.

36 of those were from the South West. 

Patients were aged between 24 and 100 years old.  

34 of the 604 patients (aged between 27 and 92 years old) had no known underlying health condition.  

Their families have been informed.



Second nurse dies of coronavirus aged 39


The Queen has recorded a special broadcast for the Commonwealth

It'll be shown on the 5th of April at 8pm.





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


Cornish school donates science equipment to Royal Cornwall Hospital

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The Roseland Academy in Tregony has donated a package containing vital science equipment to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, in order to relieve stress on resources during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. 

The donation includes safety gloves, full face shields, surgical masks and 120 pairs of goggles that can be used directly by hospital staff instead of having to wait for new deliveries.  

Deputy Head Richard Clarke, said, “I’d heard on the news a few stories about NHS workers not being able to get hold of key protective equipment… I think I speak for all of us in saying that we’re all indebted to the NHS workers at the moment, we’ve got quite a few of our students who have parents who work for the NHS and some of our staff have relatives as well - so we all want to do our bit.”

The equipment will be used on the front-line treating those in need for the foreseeable future at Treliske Hospital. 

Mr Clarke said: “Treliske were delighted to receive the package as they’re looking for any kit they can get their hands on. Our contact gave us some feedback to say that our donation will prove very helpful to their team. We’ve spread the word to other local schools and colleges so hopefully they’ll be able to get some bits and pieces together as well to help out.”

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The academy has been aiding their students to stay on top of their studies during the lockdown via online classrooms.

But during the Easter holidays, instead of lessons there will be community-focused challenges, inviting students to be ‘Good Eggs’. 

“It’s all about supporting one another so we’ve set some fun community-based tasks to keep students occupied, such as cleaning around the house, DIY, cooking for family and then sharing photos of these activities” commented Mr Clarke. 

“What’s been great is how everyone has pulled together during these testing times. We would like to thank all students, staff and school community for all their support and collaboration.” 

Headteacher Chris Challis echoed Mr Clarke’s sentiments: “We hope more schools are able to follow our example and do everything they can to support Royal Cornwall Hospital. We are delighted to have been able to respond in this way to help fight coronavirus, support the NHS and front-line staff. In a time of crisis, it is so important that we all come together to help others - something which we instil in all Roseland Academy students.” 


Cornish Pirates finish third in league after it was suspended due to coronavirus


Following a Professional Game Board meeting today, the RFU have confirmed the final Greene King IPA Championship league table placings for the 2019/20 season.

Newcastle Falcons topped the table and will be returning to the Premiership, whilst Yorkshire Carnegie is the side relegated. As for the Cornish Pirates, finishing third will be seen as rightly commendable.

Speaking on behalf of the Cornish Pirates, Chairman Paul Durkin has said:

“We welcome the RFU's decision to finalise the league standings following the suspension of the league last month. We believe that this is an equitable outcome. Promotion and relegation were fairly obvious. While we could all question the minutiae of the formula used to define placings, this generally reflects the achievements of the clubs over the season before suspension.

“Hopefully we can now concentrate on surviving these very difficult times and, sometime soon, start preparing for next season.”


1. Newcastle Falcons 104.50

2. Ealing Trailfinders 83.42

3. Cornish Pirates 75.43

4. Coventry 65.80

5. Ampthill 58.34

6. Nottingham 50.88

7. Jersey Reds 49.04

8. Bedford Blues 46.36

9. London Scottish 42.43

10. Doncaster Knights 36.84*

11. Hartpury University 35.29

12. Yorkshire Carnegie 2.75


Box goes blue for NHS


Kev and Hayley in St Austell's Laura Drive got in touch to show how they celebrated all key workers - by turning the telephone box blue with light.

It looks great!


The adorable orangutan hand-washing video you need to see


Behind the scenes at SWW as they test water


Stein's activity sheets for kids


Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall top 100


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Cornwall has topped 100.

114 people in the Duchy have tested positive for Covid-19 according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

It comes as the death toll in Cornwall rises to 19, after another three fatalities were confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

All the patients had been cared for at Treliske Hospital.

The total number of coronavirus deaths across the UK has now reached 2,921.

The Department of Health said as of 9am on Thursday 33,718 people had tested positive for the virus across the UK.

Across the world over one million people have now tested positive.



Cornwall police help elderly couple

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Couple offer up food boxes

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The South West to get its own Coronavirus hospital


Local man 3D prints head guards for the NHS

Ryan Curnow from Pool in Redruth took up the creative hobby of 3D printing, unable to work due due to epilepsy, his hobby kept his mind busy and helped to maintain his seizures .

Ryan was contacted by a 3D printing site and was asked to produce shield head guards. After completing the product and checked if it met regulations, he is now in full swing of orders.

Suzanne, Ryan’s wife says ‘he has 9 printers all in our bedroom and I am helping as much as I can as due to the isolation, I cannot ask others to come and help‘


beach holiday tourism

Holiday lets in Cornwall urged to close amid Covid-19 crisis

Holiday lets in Cornwall are being urged to follow the government's closure orders amid the coronavirus crisis.
Pirate FM told you how there were reports of tourists flocking to the Duchy before the UK lockdown was announced.

There were also reports of some accommodation providers still advertising amid the official advice to social distance, stay at home and only carry out essential travel.

Officials say the overwhelming majority of holiday accommodation providers, such as self- catering businesses, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, hotels, campsites and holiday homes, have already shut their doors.

There are a number of exemptions which allow some holiday accommodation businesses to remain open, for example to provide accommodation for key workers, NHS staff and for health and care use.

One of these is the Carnmarth Hotel in Newquay which has been providing a place to stay for people who have been in hospital, are able to be discharged, but are not ready to go home.

However, Cornwall Council has received complaints alleging that some holiday accommodation providers are still having holiday makers in their premises and operating illegally.



Health Secretary speaks about testing


Managing mental health - school shares online resources


Three more people die in Cornwall from coronavirus

Three more people have 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. 

Six more people die of coronavirus in Cornwall
It now brings the total of deaths in the Duchy to 19. 

Nationally A further 569 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 2,698.


RNAS Culdrose thank NHS and key workers


Devon & Cornwall's Police's loud blues and twos tribute to the NHS


Here's Penzance joining in the clapping


Retired police inspector shares Newquay clapping for the NHS


The PM once again joined in the clapping


Wadebridge Fire Station claps for the NHS and key workers


Residents clap their nursing team

How lovely. 


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