Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 8

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 8

Published at 6:48pm 7th April 2020. (Updated at 7:12pm 8th April 2020)

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

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Updates from the week below.

Perfekt Vinylz

Free car stickers for key workers

Billy Elder, the man behind Perfekt Vinylz, has created an idea to help easily identify key workers travelling out of necessity.

He has created bright yellow 'I am a key worker' vinyl stickers to go on vehicles and is giving them away for free to any key worker that would like one. 

By being able to distinguish key workers from the general population, he is hoping that the stickers will help cut down key workers being stopped by the police whilst travelling, allowing them extra time to complete their jobs. 

For this reason, Billy has been in contact with Devon & Cornwall police, although has not yet received an official reply. 

Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has already gotten their hands on 200 of the stickers for NHS workers, and Billy has already made 700 stickers to give away.

In order to make sure only key workers are receiving them, you must be able to prove you are one through official identification. 

You'll be able to either pick them up, safely, from their contact free area in Bodmin, or for a small donation (if that's possible) he can post them out. 

Anyone who would like one can get in contact through his facebook page, Perfekt Vinylz.



Camel Creek Adventure Park have free chocolate their giving away!


Plea for donations from the Hugs Foundation

Due to lockdown affecting the normal way The Hugs Foundation are able to fundraise, they're currently struggling for donations.

The Hugs Foundation in Bodmin provides a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses, ponies and other animals that have been abandoned.

As well as the health for the animals they also provide a vital service to the young, elderly and people with mental ill health. Some people struggle to communicate with others and animals can be a vital step in developing communication skills, because of this, The Hugs Foundation combine their facilities the focus on animal welfare with therapeutic sessions and interaction for people who will benefit from it.

Currently, the foundation has lost many of their financials to not being able to carry out important well being interventions, their usual fundraising method, meaning the animals may lose out on vital things they need.

The Hugs Foundation


Andy Brelsford, coordinator of Volunteer Cornwall

1,500 helped by Volunteer Cornwall during COVID-19

Almost three and a half thousand people have joined a so-called 'volunteer army' in Cornwall in the past three weeks.
They, in turn, have helped over 1,500 vulnerable people in the Duchy.

The volunteers have been organised by Volunteer Cornwall.

“We have been amazed and astounded by both the numbers and the enthusiasm and flexibility of the volunteers who have come forward. Often, we are asking them to do shopping and medication deliveries but pet walking, transportation, befriending, domestic help and care & support are all tasks that they have happily taken in their stride.”

Andy Brelsford, the charity’s response coordinator 

The volunteer group is different from 'NHS Volunteers' as it focuses on those in the community who are being adversely affected because of lockdown restrictions. 



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Cornwall campaign to donate £1 each to NHS so far has £30,000

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A campaign to raise half a million pounds for the NHS during isolation is off to a flying start.

Louise Hopes & Natalie Pain started the appeal on JustGiving and it has over 3,000 supporters.

They say: "We would like EVERY RESIDENT OF CORNWALL to donate a pound if at all possible. The idea is to show our support for our local hospital at this time and to invest in our own health now and in the future. We fully support the NHS and in these difficult times we want to give just a little bit more."

Click here to visit the JustGiving page


Voiceovers encourage us to keep talking


More than 70 male, female and child voiceover artists have donated their voices to a new lockdown radio commercial.

The Voiceovers United project wants to encourage listeners to ‘keep talking’ whilst the UK is in isolation.

It features many of the UK’s leading voiceovers including X-Factor voice Peter Dickson, ‘Voice of the Balls’ Alan Dedicoat, Big Brother voiceover Marcus Bentley and actor Brian Blessed.

Everyone who participated gave their services for free.

Listen out for the commercial on Pirate FM or check it out here


Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again sales soar after Queen's speech

Music is keeping many upbeat as the UK's lockdown continues - and it seems Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic We'll Meet Again is one of the songs helping people through.

After the Queen's reference to the song in her address to the nation in response to the coronavirus crisis, sales have increased by a massive 580% so far week-on-week, according to the Official Charts Company.

Famous for the lyric, ''We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when, But I know we'll meet again some sunny day," the song is a positive reminder of being able to see family and friends again once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

The Queen's reference to the song came after Dame Vera's 103rd birthday in March, which she marked with an uplifting message urging fans to "keep smiling and keep singing".

As a nod to the "difficult times" the nation is currently facing due to the outbreak, the Forces' Sweetheart also posted a short burst of a new video for her signature tune.

The Official Charts figures are based on download sales from digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon.

The Charts also identified a link between the centenarian and current chart queen Dua Lipa, who has three top 10 singles in the chart this week.

It is a feat only ever achieved by one English female singer before - Dame Vera, on the first ever official singles chart on 14 November 1952, with Forget Me Not, The Homing Waltz and Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart.

At the time of writing, We'll Meet Again is sitting at number 24 on the iTunes chart, and Spotify has also recorded an increase in streaming of the track, up by 209% week-on-week.

In her historic address to the nation on Sunday, the Queen drew on her experience of wartime spirit to call on the country to "remain united and resolute" to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

In her message, recorded at Windsor Castle, she said: "We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return.

"We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again."



Campaign to launch credit card that raises money for the NHS

NHS credit card

A man from Cornwall is hoping to launch an 'NHS reward credit card' to help our health service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Nicholls, from Chris Nicholls Motors in Helston, came up with the idea when thinking about he could raise money to help the NHS in Cornwall.

He says it would work in the same way a normal reward scheme would, but each time you shop or spend on the card the reward cash is donated to the health service instead.

Now he is urging people to share posts on social media and raise awareness, to get the ball rolling.

He told Pirate FM he is now contacting banks to try and bring the idea to life.



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Speeding driver tells police he broke virus lockdown to drive 120 miles for 'cheap bread'

police car

A motorist caught speeding at 110mph told police he had travelled more than 100 miles to London to buy bread because it was cheaper.

Officers stopped the man at about 10:40pm on Sunday as he was heading back to Nottingham on the M1.

He was with his two young children and told police he had travelled to the capital because a loaf of bread was £1 cheaper there during the coronavirus outbreak.

The driver was given two fixed penalty notices and reported to court for the speeding, Leicestershire Police said.

The distance between Nottingham and London is more than 120 miles and police said the man was stopped near Junction 22 in Leicestershire.

The courts will decide the level of the fine, the force said.

The second notice was under the Health Protection Regulations 2020, which comes with a £60 fine.

It came into force in March to give police powers to punish anyone breaking the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.


A simple reminder


Council encouraging people to use online books and magazines


Piers Morgan speaks about immigrants and their NHS contribution


How to keep your husband happy in lockdown posters condemned

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The Malaysian government's department for women has apologised after it released a series of online posters telling women how to keep their men happy during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Titled "Household Happiness", the tips posted on Facebook and Instagram included giggling coyly instead of nagging, not allowing your appearance to slip and making sure the home is clean.

One suggested women avoid being sarcastic if their partner was not helping with the housework.

The online posters, with the hashtag #WanitaCegahCOVID19 (Women Prevent COVID-19), were condemned by women's rights groups who said the campaign could worsen gender stereotypes and possibly encourage domestic violence.

The Women's Centre for Change (WCC) said the Facebook and Instagram posts reinforced negative gender stereotypes of both women and men.

"It implies that women are ultimately responsible for getting domestic chores done when the duty should be a shared one," it said in a statement.



Dragon's warning for second home owners


Kind coffee making a difference at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Public donations are keeping staff going.


Search and Rescue ask you to stay home


Hospital admission stats



Fourteen transport workers die in London after contracting COVID-19

Fourteen transport workers have died in London after contracting the coronavirus, mayor Sadiq Khan has told Sky News.

Mr Khan told Kay Burley@Breakfast that the death toll includes nine bus drivers, as well as three Transport for London workers, an Underground employee and a worker for one of TfL's suppliers.

The mayor said his condolences were with all those who have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Mr Khan stressed that his office was doing a "number of things" to ensure that transport in the capital was "as safe as possible".



Spike in trespass incidents amid Covid-19 lockdown

Imerys coronavirus trespass

A warning is going out after a spike in trespassing incidents in Cornwall amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Imerys, an industrial minerals company with several sites in the Duchy, says pedestrians and people on motorbikes have been spotted at its locations.

The company says "this is clearly classed as non-essential travel" and is against the requirements to 'stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives'.

As well as people on foot, a lot of motorcycles are being brought to Imerys sites in the backs of vans, while some are being ridden to sites from local homes.

The company is working in partnership with the police to deter this activity and, where vehicles are involved, is sharing all details, registration numbers and photographic evidence with the police to enable them to take action.

That could include the seizure of vehicles or motorcycles and prosecution.




'Heroic city' Wuhan ends lockdown with spectacular party 11 weeks after it was epicentre of crisis


China has ended coronavirus lockdown measures in Wuhan - 11 weeks after it became the epicentre of what has since developed into a global crisis.

Authorities have begun allowing its 11 million residents to travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began without special authorisation.

Under new rules that came into force as of midnight on Wednesday, people are allowed to enter and leave on the condition a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone infected.

A light show on either side of the Yangtze river marked the occasion, with skyscrapers and bridges radiating animated images of health workers healing patients.

One bears the words "heroic city", a title bestowed on Wuhan by president and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping.




Virtual running events to keep fit indoors - or in your garden


A Cornish trail running company has introduced a virtual running event to raise money for the NHS and encouraging people to stay fit during lockdown.

David Andrewartha of Bys Vyken Events and Cornish Trails said: "People have trained hard all winter to participate in these events and the current circumstances are obviously unfortunate.

"We wanted to do something positive to encourage people to stay fit and healthy."

Bys Vyken are hosting virtual running events, titled ‘Laps on Lockdown’ (LOL), with distances of 5km, 10km, 13.1 miles, or even a full marathon at 26.2 miles. The events can be undertaken indoors on a treadmill, or outdoors - David recently completed a marathon by running 656 laps of his garden.

Having entered your chosen event, which costs £14 (+£1 fee), by visiting you simply need to record your achievement using a tracking device.

A specially designed bespoke ‘Laps on Lockdown’ medal will be awarded to each runner following the completion of their event and the submission of their tracking data, and importantly 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the NHS.

"These are unique times and we wanted to respond in a unique way, using our skills and experience to help people to stay positive and remain active while raising money for all our heroes in the NHS. If you enjoy running and you’ve trained hard for a running event that has been cancelled why not earn yourself a bespoke memento of this extraordinary lockdown while keeping fit and helping us to raise funds for the NHS."


The most accurate tweet of the day


Stay at home and make a pasty shall us?


Cornwall Council offers support if you're feeling down


Thank you flag at Royal Cornwall Hospital



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£42.5m of debt written off for NHS in Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospital

Over £42.5 million pounds' worth of debt is being written off for the NHS Cornwall.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust will benefit as part of a big £13.4bn national debt write off, announced by the government.

Officials say that cancelling this debt will provide much needed financial support during this unprecedented viral pandemic, as well as laying secure foundations for the longer-term commitments set out last year to support the NHS to become more financially sustainable.

The debt write-off is part of a package of major reforms to the NHS financial system, designed in a collaboration between the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, which began from the start of the new financial year.

"We’ve advocated for and support this pragmatic move which will put NHS hospitals, mental health and community services in a stronger position - not just to respond to the immediate challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic, but also in the years ahead to deliver widespread improvements set out in our NHS Long Term Plan."

NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens



Third of Britons think police have gone 'too far' in enforcing lockdown

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A third of the public think the police have gone "too far" to enforce coronavirus lockdown measures, a survey suggests.

A YouGov poll asked 1,646 adults between Friday and Sunday for their views on the police's handling of the new laws and government guidance to keep people indoors and slow the spread of COVID-19.

It found that 42% of respondents fully support the approach taken by the police, but a further 32% felt the police had gone too far in some cases.

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There have been claims some forces have been overzealous in their approach to policing the new laws and guidance since social distancing enforcement measures were put in place.

About 14% said the police should take tougher action, while 6% felt the police approach to date had been too heavy handed.



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