Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 14

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 14

Published at 12:00pm 13th April 2020. (Updated at 6:09pm 14th April 2020)

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

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Chancellor warns of more 'tough times' amid COVID-19 outbreak

The chancellor has repeated his warning that the government will not be able to protect every business and household during the coronavirus outbreak, admitting: "These are tough times and there will be more to come."

Rishi Sunak told the government's daily coronavirus news conference that the UK economy was "fundamentally sound" and he was confident there would be a "bounceback in growth" once the crisis has passed.

It comes after the Office for Budget Responsibility, the independent fiscal watchdog, said Britain's economy could shrink by 35% in the second quarter and see unemployment jump by two million because of COVID-19.

The OBR has set out an estimate of the potential impact of the pandemic based on a three-month lockdown followed by a three-month period when restrictions are only partially lifted.

But Mr Sunak said that had the government not taken the actions it had, "the situation would be much worse".

"In other words, our plan is the right plan," he declared.

Meanwhile, another 778 patients with the coronavirus have died in hospitals across the UK, the Department of Health has announced.

It takes the nationwide total to 12,107 - but the actual figure will be higher as it does not include deaths in the community.


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The Bowgie Inn hosts a virtual live gig

As we enter the third week in lockdown and with no set date on when coronavirus restrictions will be lifted, The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, has taken it upon themselves to make sure we’re all kept entertained at home!

On Bank Holiday Monday, The Bowgie co-hosted a live gig with Black Velvet Irish Music, with over 20,000 people all over the country and even the world tuning in.



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Watch the greatest films together - first Secret Sofa session to be revealed today

Secret Cinema

"The best film club in the world" brings us Secret Worlds we may have loved, may have missed or which might not have happened yet, directly to our homes over the next 8 weeks.

Find out which is the first today.




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Kernow Chocolate unveil their latest competition theme


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Greeting patients with a smiling face

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With our frontline staff now protecting their patients and themselves behind layers of PPE, the experience of attending a hospital for the people in our care is potentially more daunting than ever. 

One member of staff from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals may have found a way to overcome the limitations now placed on colleagues in how they interact with their patients, face-to-face.

To ensure that the people in her care are still greeted by a smiling face, Dr Annabel Dumont, Core Medical Trainee, CT1, has taken to displaying her photograph alongside her name and title, so that patients coming in to our hospitals maintain a personal connection.

“As the usual identifiers of our different clothes and uniforms have now been replaced by a universal set of scrubs, our team on Tintagel Ward had spoken about making labels with our names and titles printed, so that our patients could better know who we are.”

“I thought how nice it would be for our patients to see our faces as well. We’re so hidden behind our masks and goggles that I’d imagine it must be quite scary for some of our patients. So I printed a little smiley photo, laminated it, and attached it to my lanyard. This way my patients could still see who was hiding under all the PPE.”
“The idea has had great response from both colleagues and patients alike, and has helped raise a few smiles”, Dr Dumont concludes. “I’d hugely encourage my colleagues to do the same.”

Dr Dumont


Cornwall GP practise creates UK's first drive-thru blood testing facility at local Costa

Blood drive-thru

A nurse practitioner at a GP surgery in Penzance has come up with an ingenious idea to help those who are in need of vital blood tests.

Tracey Hemborough, who's also a practice partner at St. Clare Medical Centre, came up with the idea to create the country's first drive-thru blood test clinic at a local coffee shop. 

It comes after GP surgeries across the country are having to cut back on services to adhere to the current government guidelines on social distancing during the coronavirus lockdown.

The facility caters to those who are in need of regular blood tests such as those who take the blood-thinning drug, Warfarin. 



Coronavirus putting a strain on foster care in Cornwall says campaigners

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Campaigners say children in foster care are facing a 'looming crisis' as coronavirus begins to place a strain on foster families in Cornwall.  

Department for Education figures show there were 453 looked after children – those placed under the care of the council – in Cornwall in 2018-19.

Children’s charities say England’s care system will be placed under great strain as a result of measures to deal with COVID-19, with some families already pushed to “breaking point”.

The vast majority of these go into foster care with the Independent Foster Carers Alliance warning the sector faces a “looming crisis” as the coronavirus begins to place a strain on foster families.

Charity director Jane Collins says she fears reduced support for families will mean even more children needing new homes, while school closures have added to the strain on foster families caring for children with disabilities, who can no longer attend.



Fresh food collection in Helston

Due to demand, Scorse Foods are now offering a new “RING AND COLLECT SERVICE” from its shop on the Water-ma-Trout Industrial Estate starting this THURSDAY 16th April

This is for those customers local enough to collect – social distancing measures will be in place within the car park with no need to enter the shop.

Call 01326 562611 to book your collection slot.


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People in Cornwall urged to open up about mental health struggles

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People in Cornwall are being urged to open up about their anxieties around the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts are warning that the lockdown, which is expected to be extended this week, is having a big impact on people's mental health and especially those who are already struggling.

We are being urged to talk to each other, over the phone and on social media, to help combat both loneliness and isolation.

Richard Sutton is from Cornwall Samaritans. He tells Pirate FM it is important to let people know when you are struggling.

"Most of us live in a rural setting, we can out and about to a certain extent for walking, but if you're forced to work from home as well you haven't got the interaction that you normally would have with your work colleagues. It's all isolation all the time.

"If people are of an anxious nature at the best of times then they are going to be feeling much worse at the moment.

"They have got to talk about it, talk about how they're feeling and about they're concerns, but they have got to be listened to as well."

Richard Sutton, Cornwall Samaritans

The charity is appealing for donations from local residents to help ensure its volunteers can continue to support people in the Duchy who are struggling to cope during this crucial time.  



Cornwall event DJ turns the air (and his house) blue for NHS

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Rowlands fun fair shows support for NHS with line-up of trucks

The company said when it re-opens it will be holding a special wristband day for all workers to use the rides for free.


Argyle show NHS support


Driver caught on 170 mile round trip to Cornwall

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A driver has been caught on a 170 mile round trip to Cornwall... to "have a break from the wife and kids".

Police pulled them over on the A30 near Launceston on Easter Sunday during the coronavirus lockdown.

Officers were out patrolling the Duchy's road across the bank holiday weekend, urging people not to come here for holidays.

The government is urging us to only leave our homes for four reasons, for essential grocery shopping, to go to work if we cannot work from home, to get medication or to help someone who is vulnerable.

"Taking your BMW out for a spin on a 170 mile round trip to have a break from the wife and three kids is also not an essential journey!

"The roads are much quieter but there are still people who don't get it. Driver reported on the A30 near Launceston."

Alliance Roads Policing



Mannequins and cardboard cutouts replace fans as Taiwan baseball season launches

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Taiwan launched its baseball season, with mannequins and cardboard cutouts of fans wearing face masks, after spectators were banned from attending games during the coronavirus pandemic.

While other nations have cancelled sporting events for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the country has decided to buck the trend and hold games.

Photographs from Taoyuan International baseball stadium, in Taoyuan city, showed the mannequins and cardboard cutouts sat in seats where spectators normally cheer from.

They were dressed in the colours and merchandise of the home team Rakuten Monkeys, as well as surgical masks.

The only people inside the stadium were staff and the side's cheerleaders, who posed with the cardboard figures and drum-playing robots.



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Sowing the seed to remember NHS workers

People are being encouraged to grow blue poppies as a new act of Remembrance.


Confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall reach 300


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has now topped 300.

The latest figures from Public Health England show that 301 people have been officially diagnosed in the Duchy.

Another fatality was also confirmed on Monday, bringing the confirmed Covid-19 death toll in Cornwall to 42.

Across the country, another 717 coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, taking the nationwide total to 11,329.

The figures for Monday were the lowest increase recorded over the Bank Holiday weekend, after 980 on Friday, which surpassed the worst confirmed daily totals in Italy and Spain, 917 on Saturday and 737 on Sunday.


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