Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday April 6

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Monday April 6

Published at 6:41pm 5th April 2020. (Updated at 8:31pm 6th 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.



Boris Johnson has been moved to Intensive Care as his conditions worsen


How to draw a unicorn with Cornish Claire


The Little Shop now open at RCH for staff to get the essentials


Paddy's Ghost parody as he shows how to wash your hands



Johnny likes Queen

We've seen him get people clapping when he sings a bit of We Will Rock You at his shows, but our Johnny's a bit of a Queen fan.

Still sending him love as he recovers from suspected Coronavirus.


New Kernow Chocolate competition launched


Moggy Modules make home schooling pawsome

Cats Protection comes to the rescue of parents struggling to make home schooling fun, with the Moggy Modules; five pawsome new free learning tools to keep kids happy and engaged.

Each of the online resource packs includes cat-themed worksheets, quizzes, creative writing exercises, feline facts, recipes and other fun learning activities linked to one of the five cat welfare needs; a place to live, behaviour, the right diet, good healthcare and space. 

The packs have been created by Cats Protection’s educational experts to help young learners discover more about our feline friends and their welfare needs, with age-appropriate learning tools for children aged five-seven and seven-11.

Moggy Modules are free to download:

On completing #TheMoggyModules, children can download and print a colour certificate to celebrate their knowledge of the five cat welfare needs.

The Moggy Modules support Cats Protection’s call for animal welfare to be included as a mainstream topic in the National Curriculum to give children a basic understanding of how to respect and care for animals.

Shelley Brown, Cats Protection’s Education Team Manager:

“Children learn best and stay focused longer if they enjoy what they are doing. Home schooling can be fun for families.

“Our Moggy Modules are designed to give parents a helping hand, while teaching children about better animal welfare and encouraging them to be better stewards of our environment for years to come.”

A social media campaign will encourage parents to share their stories, photos and videos on

Instagram and Twitter using the #TheMoggyModules hashtag.


Pub Landlord Swaps Pulling Pints for Ploughing To Help Local Farmers

Andy Pickles returns to his childhood roots following temporary pub closure.

Owner and landlord of The Bowgie Inn in Crantock - Andy Pickles - has moved from behind the bar to behind the wheel of a tractor this week, volunteering to help local farmers get their fields ready for planting this year’s crops.

Pickles was 70 this year and therefore can’t volunteer to drive people or run errands during the pandemic, so instead, hit upon the idea of volunteering to drive tractors on a farm following his pub’s temporary closure. Having spent his early years at Trevellans Farm just outside Truro, he helped his dad on all aspects of farm life before moving into hospitality and eventually buying The Bowgie, Crantock. Earlier this week, he was “ripping” fields only a few miles away from this childhood home.

Andy said “Of course things have changed a bit since I was a boy, but driving a tractor’s a skill that not everybody has these days. I was so glad to think of a way to help do my bit without endangering myself or anyone else in the process”. Farmers, farmworkers and vets have been included on the government’s list of key workers during the COVID-19 restrictions, since they are involved in the production, processing and distribution of food. “Ripping” the fields gets the soil ready for planting seeds which will grow and be harvested later on in the year.

The pub, which had recently reopened after a much-anticipated refurbishment, has closed its doors temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions. It has also closed its carparks in order to disincentive people from making unnecessary car journeys to visit West Pentire headland.


Scorse food deliveries

Scorse foods will be delivering fresh food on Good Friday but not on Easter Monday.

The move is to give its team a hugely deserved break.

Any one needing a delivery this week is urged to contact them as soon as possible on 01326 562611.

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The Spend On Care Not Hair challenge

Cornwall Hospice Care has come up with a novel idea to help raise funds while the public are in lockdown.

"We’re setting people a very unique challenge while they’re in isolation and spending time at home," said Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising at Cornwall Hospice Care."

As everyone is unable to make it to the hairdresser or barber, we're encouraging you to have a go at cutting your own hair, or to ask someone in your household do it for you! Whether you're trying something completely new or just going for a tame trim, take on our Spend On Care Not Hair challenge! You can also take part if you’re choosing not to touch your hair, beard or moustache for the whole lock down period."

Cornwall Hospice Care, a charity that provides care for terminally ill patients and their families from Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia's Hospice in Hayle, is then asking those who take part to donate what they would normally spend on a regular haircut, to help support their vital work during such challenging times or to ask others to sponsor them.

"It's a very difficult period for charities across the country and for those on the frontline of our communities. With the closure of our shops and postponement of our various fundraising events, we're adapting and finding new ways to support our key workers who are continuing our crucial work," commented Oli. "We think this is a really fun way of encouraging support when we're all in lockdown and struggling with our hair. The time is now to experiment with your locks and it's all for a good cause!”

To join the hair-raising fun, keep an eye on the Cornwall Hospice Care Facebook page for the masterpieces, and potentially one or two disasterpieces, as well as for your chance to donate. “Let’s see those DIY dos!”

Visit Cornwall Hospice Care on Facebook

Steve Double

£300 million for community pharmacies during COVID-19 pandemic

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care of £300 million in funding to ensure community pharmacies can continue to carry out essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Community pharmacies are receiving a £300 million cash boost to ensure they can continue to carry out essential services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The advanced funding injection will support pharmacies to provide critical services to protect community health, including supplying medicines and providing medical advice to patients, during a period of unprecedented demand.

£200 million was paid on 1 April to pharmacy contractors, alongside their normal monthly payments from the NHS Business Services Authority, and a further £100 million will be allocated on 1 May 2020.

In addition to this funding, the Department of Health and Social Care has already reduced the number of services that community pharmacy are required to deliver to allow them to prioritise the most important tasks, but they will continue to receive their full NHS funding. During this period, pharmacies will not be required to pilot new services or carry out non-critical administrative tasks, such as updating practice leaflets.

“As the Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Secretary of State for Health and former Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pharmacies, I have seen for myself over and over again just how vital the services that community pharmacies provide are.”

“This funding will be hugely welcomed and I am delighted to see it rolled out already. I know that local pharmacy teams on the ground in Mid-Cornwall will be able to benefit from the funding to refine and improve the vital service they offer for local residents.”

“I thank them for everything they are doing for their local and wider communities at this difficult time.”

Steve Double MP


Cornish distillery producing hand sanitiser

Colwith Farm Distillery has fast-tracked negotiations with HMRC to produce and distribute duty exempt, World Health Organisation (WHO) grade hand sanitiser on an on-going basis.

Following owner Steve Dustow’s decision last week to make the distillery’s waste alcohol available to the general public free of charge, stocks were depleted in just 24 hours, with supplies going to frontline staff, police, nurses, teachers, social workers and those supporting the elderly and most at risk.

The 100ml bottles of WHO 75% Handrub solution are available from the Colwith Farm Box Shop at Lanlivery, and online at from April 6.

The product comes in safe, recyclable PET plastic bottles with pump tops to minimise risks of spillage and help reduce usage and can be purchased in quantities of five or ten including express courier service. Bulk orders can be secured by emailing the distillery direct on


Cook morning Lockdown pancakes with AJ

If you're looking for a fun tutorial to kick off your day, you could better than watching Cornwall's AJ whip his family up some pancakes while he drinks red wine.

AJ is currently in Greece and doesn't have an adaptor for his electric whisk.

Warning: Video contains a couple of swear words


Tiger has Coronavirus

A tiger at a zoo in New York has tested positive for Coronavirus.

It is thought the animal caught it from a zoo keeper.


Kaiser Chiefs live listening party tonight


Happy Sunday all! ☀ To celebrate #EEEandW going to No. 1 6 years ago, we'll be doing a #listeningparty on Twitter...

Posted by Kaiser Chiefs on Sunday, 5 April 2020
Joanna Marcinekova

Live YouTube workout for the Over 70s - today at 10am

This morning you can head to YouTube for a live workout with Joanna Marcinekova - an exercise physiologist.

Joanna began her YouTube career by making videos for her nan - who is 86.

Joanna makes videos for the over 70s.

One of her videos went viral and now she makes every day with people watching from all over the world.

You can find her YouTube channel here



Gymnasts roll with it during lockdown

Aspire Gymnastics Academy in St Austell has been keeping going as a team even though they can't actually train together.

They've put together this amazing video showcasing their skills as they all pass along a toilet roll!


Trump compares Coronavirus to Pearl Harbor

President Donald Trump has warned that the US will reach a "horrific point" in terms of death rates as one of the country's top doctors said the nation should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks.


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Pink has Covid-19

Pink has demanded more COVID-19 testing in the US after revealing she contracted the deadly virus.

In an Instagram post, the singer described the illness as "serious and real" and said it affects the "young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor".

She described current testing efforts as a "travesty" and urged people to stay at home.

She wants testing to be "free and more widely accessible" and has donated a million dollars to two emergency funds.

Pink and her son Jameson, three, were showing symptoms of COVID-19 two weeks ago, she said.


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NHS director 'outraged and disgusted' at 5G conspiracy attacks

NHS England's medical director has said he is "outraged and disgusted" at conspiracy theorists who claim 5G masts are the true cause of the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS England's national medical director Stephen Powis, speaking alongside Cabinet Minister Michael Gove during a government coronavirus briefing, dismissed the claims as "rubbish".

"The 5G story is complete and utter rubbish, it's nonsense, it's the worst kind of fake news," said Prof Powis.

"The reality is the mobile phone networks are absolutely critical to all of us, especially when we're at home and unable to see families and friends," he added.

"I am absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to get through this crisis."

Mr Gove described the claims as "dangerous nonsense".



Three more coronavirus deaths in Cornwall

Another three people with coronavirus have died in Cornwall, bringing the total death toll in the Duchy to 24.
Meantime official figures from Public Health England show there are currently 187 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall.

Across the UK, another 621 hospital patients have died after contracting coronavirus - taking the UK's total to 4,934.

Public Health England reported an extra 555 deaths, Public Health Wales recorded 12 and the Public Health Agency said there had been seven in Northern Ireland.

According to the Department of Health, the number who have tested positive across the UK, as of 9am on Sunday, now stands at 47,806.



Police "are still here for you"


Boris thanks those who stayed home

Were you one of them?


Simon runs for 12 hours to raise cash

Newquay's Simon Barnes was running for our NHS heroes yesterday - for the entire duration of the average 12 hours shift.

He is raising money towards purchasing fitness equipment for the 3 hospitals which will allow staff to stay physically and mentally strong.

"This is just my way of saying thank you to all those RCHT NHS staff both clinical and support and to hopefully raise a bit of cash to improve their working lives," he said.



Surfers not staying home

Benjamin shared this image of people in the water at Fistral.


This is how to start your morning!


How Cornwall Council is tackling coronavirus

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council chiefs say they have been overwhelmed by the level of support and commitment shown by those helping the authority help those affected by coronavirus.
The unitary council said that its only priority currently was tackling the challenges created by the virus.

Council leader Julian German said it had been a “challenging week for us all” and his thoughts were with everyone who had been impacted by coronavirus.

He said: “Cornwall Council will do all that it can to give support to those that need it. We are listening and responding to residents through our email address and over the phone.

“The coronavirus helpline is receiving around 70 calls a day and we are receiving 150 emails a day. The contact centre is taking around 1,000 calls a day.

“Please use the online contact methods if you do have access to them.”
During the coronavirus crisis Cornwall Council has had to change the way it works and uses its resources.


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for COVID-19 tests

Boris Johnson has been admitted to an NHS hospital in central London for tests 10 days after confirming he had contracted coronavirus.

The prime minister, 55, still has persistent coronavirus symptoms and went on the advice of his doctor, Downing Street said.

A spokesperson confirmed his admission was a precautionary rather than emergency measure and added he "thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work".

They also urged the public to "continue to follow the government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives".

Sky News understands that Mr Johnson was to remain in hospital overnight. His persistent symptoms are understood to include a high temperature.

The prime minister travelled, without the need for an ambulance, to the hospital at 8pm on Sunday and is understood to still be leading the government response to the COVID-19 outbreak.



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