Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 9

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 9

Published at 9:57pm 8th April 2020. (Updated at 9:11pm 9th April 2020)

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

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

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Updates from the week below.

9:11pm

Devonport Services RFC raise over £27,000 for the NHS

With a target of just £200 the members of Devonport Services RFC set out to do their bit and raise as much money as they could for NHS Charities together, which aims to support NHS staff and volunteers whilst they care for Covid-19 patients. 

The idea was that for every £10 donated, one player would shave their head. However, within days of launching their Just Giving appeal, the team have raised over £27,000. 

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9:09pm
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Online dog show supporting K9 Crusaders

Paws in Padstow have decided to spread some joy with their online dog show, whilst raising money for the charity K9 Crusaders. 

The competition, running on facebook, has seven categories (or should that be dogegories! ...Sorry) you can compete in; NHS Doggo, Best Action Home Video, Silliest Dog, Breed Working From Home, Best Owner Lookalike, Most Caught In The Act and Best In Show - as voted for by facebook. There are even some bonus rounds on offer to spread the prizes even further! 

Entry is free, all you have to do is comment your pup on Paws in Padstow's facebook post. You have until Saturday at noon to get your entries in. For every entry, Paws in Padstow will also be donating £1 to K9 Crusaders, meaning even if you don't win, you'll have helped raise money for a fantastic cause. 

All category winners will receive a £20 gift voucher to spend at Paws in Padstow - with the exception of Best In Show, who will bag themselves a £50 voucher. 

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9:08pm

Cornwall sings for key workers

Shelle Peters and Rachel Monique, both key workers, set up the facebook page on Monday of this week as they felt that clapping was not enough and wanted to give that little something extra.

The idea was to lift the spirits of all those affected by Covid 19. A reminder that here in Cornwall we stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight this battle.

Shelle told pirate FM ‘We will be going live this evening and every Thursday to sing ‘Cornwall my Home’. The singing will be led by Will Keating in his front garden. I feel quite emotional when I think so many people will be joining us this evening, not just in Cornwall but around the world’

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1:55pm

Cornish Claire creates a street paradise!

There's no reason why a house can't come complete with it's own hopscotch.

1:45pm

An Easter message from the National Trust

12:36pm

Flambards donates Easter eggs to Helston Foodbank

As Flambards has had to close due to coronavirus, their planned Easter egg hunt will not be able to go ahead. Therefore, today they are donating their 50 large Easter eggs and 800 creme eggs to Helston Food Bank for distribution to those who need it most.

11:50am

Fire services warn against controlled burning

11:46am

Devon & Cornwall remind holidaymakers Cornwall is closed

11:40am

Number of coronavirus patients in Cornwall is 'lower than expected'

Treliske health hospital

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has revealed there are currently five people in intensive care at Treliske because of coronavirus.

But that is below the expected number for this stage in the Covid-19 outbreak, as bosses originally thought there were would be around 20 patients in intensive care by this point.

The hospital says 250 members of staff have been retrained so they can deal with emergency patients during the height of the peak.

But it is not yet known when that peak is likely to hit.

Kate Shields is the Chief Executive at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT), she told Pirate FM preparations are underway.

"We normally run between 9 and 15 intensive care beds and through modelling across our site we can get up to around 90 intensive care beds at the height of the peak.

"What we would do is what they are doing in London and use non-invasive ventilation, to be able to support people either onto a ventilator or off it.

"Or in some cases the non-invasive ventilation on its own is appearing to have really good results."

Kate Shields, RCHT

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11:23am

Be a Stay at Home Hero for Cornwall Air Ambulance

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Want an excuse to dress up as a superhero?

Of course you do!

Well, Cornwall Air Ambulance has launched a new campaign to encourage people to play their part in supporting front-line workers during lockdown.

The NHS and Air Ambulance Crew are heroes on the front line, but the charity is reaching out and asking the public to be a Stay at Home Hero and show their support.

And that means dressing up!

FIND OUT MORE HERE

11:03am

Confirmed coronavirus cases top 200 in Cornwall

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has topped 200.

Official data from Public Health England shows that as of Wednesday the figure had risen to 224.

Meantime the death toll in the Duchy now stands at 30, after another two deaths were confirmed here yesterday.

Another 938 coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, taking the total across the UK to 7,097.

The Department of Health said as of 9am on Wednesday, 232,708 people have been tested, of which 60,733 tested positive.

Overall, 282,074 tests have been carried out, with 14,682 tests on Tuesday alone.

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10:54am

Pretend you're isolating in the 80s

Join 35,000 other people and step back in time by tuning into Pirate 80s.

We'll bring you Bon Jovi, Spandau Ballet, Madonna and many more.

You bring the big hair and shoulder pads.

35,000

LISTEN HERE AND FIND OUT MORE

10:41am

Ambulance crews praise people's generosity

10:01am

£Millions for hospices

9:40am

High profile police patrols to stop tourists and beachgoers

9:16am

The celebrity chefs cooking for Cornwall during lockdown

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There have been calls on social media for Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsey to help out by cooking for key workers.

It started on Twitter when Gordon - who is isolating in Cornwall with his family at Trebetherick - put out a video message to thank NHS staff and essential workers for being "f@#%ing amazing".

So we thought we'd take a look at some of the chefs here already cooking for the community.

There are two TV stars in particular who have been making food and delivering it for locals and NHS workers.

FIND OUT WHO HERE

8:31am

Sometimes we're not the smartest creatures

8:24am

"Sad and moving" - NHS Nightingale is ready

8:23am

An important message on Newsnight

8:22am

Questions over if the PM remains in control?

8:03am

People in Cornwall ARE following social distancing rules

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People in Cornwall ARE following social distancing rules amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to data from Google.

NHS England’s medical director has warned now is not the time to get complacent, as he urged people to continue to follow government guidance to stay at home.

Google's figures, which use location data to chart trends in people's movement, show footfall at retail and recreation areas fell by 85% in Cornwall in the six weeks to the end of March compared to two months earlier.

This was equal to the UK average, with shop visits down by 85% when compared to a previous five-week period at the start of the year.

​Google's figures also show a 14% rise in activity in places of residence in Cornwall compared to a 56% reduction in places of work, as more people work from home.

Cornwall also saw 53% less footfall at groceries and ​pharmacies, and 54% less in parks and green spaces.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said using anonymous data like this from Google, “will help improve our understanding of the impact social distancing measures are having.”

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7:59am

#OneMillionClaps appeal aims to raise at least £5m for NHS workers

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A new appeal being launched on Thursday aims to raise at least £5m to support NHS workers battling coronavirus.

Organised by NHS Charities Together, the #OneMillionClaps appeal aims to inspire at least one million Britons to donate £5 by texting "clap" to 70507 along with a message of support.

The money raised will be used to provide NHS nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers with food, travel, accommodation and counselling during the COVID-19 crisis.

The appeal will begin on Thursday evening when Britons are again expected to applaud NHS workers from their doorsteps for the third week in a row.

Comedian David Walliams has voiced a short film featuring NHS staff to promote the #OneMillionClaps appeal.

It also features a re-recording of Queen's hit We Will Rock You with the new lyric: "NHS, we love you. We say, we say, thank you."

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7:33am

Confirmed coronavirus cases top 200 in Cornwall

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has topped 200.

Official data from Public Health England shows that as of Wednesday the figure had risen to 224.

Meantime the death toll in the Duchy now stands at 30, after another two deaths were confirmed here yesterday.

Another 938 coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, taking the total across the UK to 7,097.

The Department of Health said as of 9am on Wednesday, 232,708 people have been tested, of which 60,733 tested positive.

Overall, 282,074 tests have been carried out, with 14,682 tests on Tuesday alone.

READ MORE

7:28am

Call for Gordon Ramsey to cook for Cornwall's NHS key workers

It started when the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Charity asked if the chef would send staff a hot drink as part of its #kindcoffee initiative.

And now members of the public are calling on Gordon to go one step further and cook hot meals.

7:26am

Hospital admission chart 'shows social distancing and isolation works'

7:19am

Be a Stay at Home superhero

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Our NHS and Air Ambulance Crew are heroes on the front line, but even if you’re not a key worker, you have a role to play too. We’re asking you, our friends and supporters, to use all your creativity and dress up as a Stay at Home superhero! Using what you can find in the home (get inventive!), show us your best outfits and don’t forget to give yourself a superhero name! Submit your photo by messaging, commenting or tagging our page and then share your post to encourage friends and family to take part too. We’re asking participants to donate to take part, whatever you can spare, however small, it all adds up. Visit the website to learn more and to donate http://ow.ly/8mgL50z8GHl #stayathomehero #keepusflying

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Cornwall's Air Ambulance is asking everyone throughout the Duchy to play their part in defeating the evil Coronavirus.

The team has sent out a call for people to create their own superheroes.

They’re asking participants to send in photos of their creations and donate whatever money they can spare which will go to the air ambulance trust.

Every Stay at Home Hero image will be added to the Cornwall Air Ambulance website.

"It’s all about using this time positively, even if we’re stuck at home we can all make a difference. The crew are flying every day, saving lives of those who need it most. We all still have a part to play," said the team.

FIND OUT MORE AT THE AIR AMBULANCE WEBSITE

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