Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 7

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 7

Published at 7:16am 7th April 2020. (Updated at 7:16pm 7th April 2020)

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

If you have something we should be featuring, tweet us @piratefm or e-mail digital.media@piratefm.co.uk

To see Monday's updates as they happened, click here.

Head here to catch up on all our other live blogs.

Updates from the week below.

7:16pm

Cornish Claire gets crafty!

6:27pm

SOULDIVA serenades Redruth

Mandy Mcgovan was just about to start her new venture as SOULDIVA by singing and entertaining the county. Like many other live events Mandy’s bookings were also cancelled. So, she had another idea and set up her gear in her own driveway

Mandy told Pirate FM, ‘because all of my bookings were cancelled, I thought I would entertain the neighbours instead‘

Complete with disco lights, full gig set up and a glittery frock, Mandy sang 4 songs, Proud Mary by Tina Turner, I’m coming out by Diana Ross, Car wash by Rose Royce and Get ready by the Temptations.

READ MORE

6:13pm

No limit to Prima bakeries pasty orders

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6:12pm
Money stacks

Cornish businesses facing financial ruin due to COVID-19 outbreak

There is a stark warning, that many Cornish businesses are facing financial ruin due to COVID 19, unless urgent action is taken immediately by authorities.
The Cornwall COVID Working Party’s survey, paints a dire picture for the Duchy: 15 per cent of businesses said they didn’t have enough reserves to last a week, a further 24 per cent of businesses said they didn’t have reserves to last a month, and a further 18 per cent said they didn’t have reserves to last for three months.

Kim Conchie, chief executive of Cornwall’s Chamber of Commerce, stresses that unless Government pledges like ‘Coronavirus Interruption Loan Schemes’, ‘Tax Holidays’ and ‘Rate rebates’ are implemented now, before the Easter Holidays, the economic pain in the Duchy could last for decades to come.

“If we don’t get this done, the effect on Cornwall of 40 per cent of our businesses going to the wall over the next three months would be absolutely massive – the impact on our economy for decades to come would be enormous”.  

Kim Conchie, chief executive of Cornwall’s Chamber of Commerce


Around 10,000 businesses in Cornwall have already received £116 million in grants as part of a Government scheme to help companies survive the coronavirus pandemic. 

A further 3,500 businesses have applied to Cornwall Council over the last three days for a business support grant – a fund set up by central Government and administered by the local authority.

In the coming weeks Cornwall Council expects to see around £281 million go out to small businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.

3:01pm
NHS Nails

Nailing NHS donations

Chrissie Pearce, owner of Chrissie Pearce nail studio, is suffering like many other business owners from current closures. While at home her husband Jay posted to social media and a great fundraiser was born.

After many comments of people pushing for this to take place, it was decided that it should be turned into a fundraiser.

Chrissie said ‘Jay is going to let me do his nails , whilst it may be fun for you to watch id love it if you could spare a £1 or as much as you can to donate to our ambulance service'.

Jay told Pirate FM “To be honest I’m quite shocked how many people have wanted this to go ahead , but as its for a good cause I’m totally game for it and anything else to raise some funds for our amazing NHS . I am just glad to be helping in any way possible “

Jay sat down to a Facebook live video and received a full set of acrylic nails, with very envious viewers, complete with a special NHS design.

READ MORE

2:58pm
Newquay Police coronavirus

Fresh police warning about coronavirus lockdown rules from Devon and Cornwall police

Officers say they will be using enforcement to make sure people follow the government guidelines.

New legislation has been introduced which provides the police with additional powers relating to Covid-19 restrictions.

This includes the option for officers to fine those refusing to adhere to government guidance surrounding the observing of vital social distancing.

“With this in mind, and whilst it really does remain a last resort, I have today reassured my officers that the option of enforcement is available to them, and is an action I am in support of.

“Currently, my officers have only issued a handful of fines since the new legislation has been introduced."

Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew
 
The force says the vast majority of the public continue to be supportive and are adhering to the restrictions but there is a minority who "continue to ignore government instruction which is in place ultimately to save lives".

They are urging tourists not to visit over the Easter weekend and to stay at home.

Devon and Cornwall officers say they will continue to operate an engaging and encouraging policing style.

READ MORE

2:11pm

England death toll rises

2:09pm

The PM 'stable and in good spirits'

2:07pm

Royal Cornwall Hospital debt to be wiped off

MP Derek Thomas said the trust's £42.5 million debt will be cleared, as part of a package of NHS reforms the government has promised.

2:03pm

NHS launches mental health hotline for staff tackling Covid-19

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he NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’ 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.

NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency.

The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need.

Anyone who requires further help will be signposted to other services ranging from practical and financial assistance through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.  

The phone line will be open between 7am and 11pm every day, while the text service will be 24/7.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

1:17pm

This. 

Stunning poem for our front line heroes.

12:49pm

A lovely positive message between Cornwall hospitals

11:20am

Hospices struggling for hand sanitiser

10:54am

Football Club puts up signs to thank key workers

10:26am

 STATS     

Global Cases:
1,352,266

Deaths:
75,299

Recovered:
287,679

UK Cases
51,608

Deaths:
5,373

Recovered
135

 

Last updated: April 07, 2020, 09:22 GMT Source: worldometers.info

10:13am

Cornwall's new employment service to help with Coronavirus questions

9:08am

More buses to get protective screens in Cornwall

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Written by Ed Oldfield, Local Democracy Reporter

More bus drivers are to get protective screens in their cabs as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

First Bus is to fit the roll-down plastic screens on its Cornwall by Kernow fleet and work is due to take place this week.

It follows news last week that the operator of Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall said it is installing flexible screens and offering drivers protective visors.

At the weekend it emerged that three drivers and two controllers in London have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

In the Westcountry, a Plymouth-based driver with Stagecoach was reported to have been taken to hospital with coronavirus and a  driver with the disease has died in Bristol.

READ MORE

8:55am

Pirate Presents: Penny Eyes

Pirate Presents - Penny Eyes

Every day we will be bringing you our Cornish musical recommendations that you can check out for a bit of lockdown listening.

Then each weekend we'll upload our playlist compilation featuring the best of the week.

As well as being featured on Pirate's social media and here on our Superblog, the bands will also get snippets of their songs played on air.

To feature, send us an email with a bio, a picture and links to your social media pages to ellie.hodgkinson@piratefm.co.uk

Kicking us off yesterday was:

 MONDAY, APRIL 6 

PENNY EYES

Penny Eyes newest single - Jealous Boy (Official Music Video)

Penny Eyes are an indie/pop rock band made up of four lads from Newquay consisting of Harry Bird (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Jack Clinton (drums/backing vocals), Adam Barberry (bass/backing vocals) and Ed Perkins (lead guitar).

Throughout the summer of 2019 the boys played some incredible gigs and festivals ranging from the iconic Louisiana in Bristol, to BBC introducing stages as well as a performance in London, put on by the man behind Oasis and Primal Scream, Alan McGee.

Listen to their music and find all their social media details over at our PIRATE PRESENTS page

8:35am

A simple reminder

8:34am

A reason to smile from Royal Cornwall Hospital's Charity

8:19am

This viral Facebook post is a reminder of this moment in history

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8:02am

NHS volunteers to start work

7:34am

Smokers and Coronavirus

7:33am

Fresh police warning about coronavirus lockdown rules

Newquay Police coronavirus

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued a fresh warning about obeying the coronavirus lockdown rules.
Officers say they will be using enforcement to make sure people follow the government guidelines.

New legislation has been introduced which provides the police with additional powers relating to Covid-19 restrictions.

This includes the option for officers to fine those refusing to adhere to government guidance surrounding the observing of vital social distancing.

“With this in mind, and whilst it really does remain a last resort, I have today reassured my officers that the option of enforcement is available to them, and is an action I am in support of.

“Currently, my officers have only issued a handful of fines since the new legislation has been introduced."

Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew

READ MORE

7:30am

Kernow King puts perspective on busy London video clips

'Stay home, save lives' is the advice. The government has enforced lockdown to stop the spread of Coronavirus and told people that only essential travel is allowed.

Yet London is still witnessing scenes such as these.

Ed Rowe, star of BAFTA award-winning film Bait and aka comedian Kernow King, put out the following serious tweet which really hits home.

7:28am

Club volunteers set up kitchen to help NHS workers through pandemic

7:23am

Campaign to clap for Boris

#clapforboris is trending on Twitter.

7:21am

 TOP STORY     

PM is 'extremely sick' and may need a ventilator, medical expert says

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The prime minister is "extremely sick" and it is very likely he will need a ventilator, according to a medical expert.

Boris Johnson has spent the night in intensive care after his health deteriorated - 11 days after he initially tested positive for COVID-19.

Downing Street says Mr Johnson has been suffering from "persistent" coronavirus symptoms, and that he has been struggling to breathe.

Derek Hill, professor of medical imaging at University College London, said Mr Johnson could be given a breathing aid known as continuous positive airway pressure.

This bridges the gap between an oxygen mask and full ventilation, sending a blend of air and oxygen into the mouth at a steady rate.

However, Prof Hill warned many COVID-19 patients eventually "progress to invasive ventilation", which is for people whose illness is so severe that they are struggling or unable to breathe for themselves.

A mechanical ventilator either does all the breathing for the patient or assists the patient's own breathing, and they are normally placed under heavy sedation.

READ MORE FROM PROF HILL HERE

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