Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 16

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 16

Published at 10:46pm 15th April 2020. (Updated at 8:10pm 16th April 2020)

Thursday'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

Live updates below.

8:10pm

#ClapForOurCarers

6:11pm
Scorse food

Scorse Foods launch new food service for Cornwall

'From today Thursday 16th April we will be offering a BRAND NEW “RING & COLLECT” Service from our butchery shop on the Water-Ma-Trout Industrial Estate for our customers within Helston and the surrounding area.

All customers need to do is call 01326-562611 to book their collection slot which are available Monday through Friday

Our direct delivery service is still fully available throughout most of Cornwall – which offers a non- contact service straight to customers’ homes.

 

We currently have available delivery slots on:

Monday 20th – for HELSTON

Tuesday 21st – For MULLION & THE LIZARD

Wednesday 22nd – For HELSTON & TRURO

Thursday 23rd  – For PORTHLEVEN, BREAGE, ASHTON, PRAA SANDS, MARAZION, GOLDSITHNEY, PENZANCE

Thursday 24th – for CAMBORNE, POOL, REDRUTH, TROON, ST DAY, LANNER

Friday 25th  – FALMOUTH, MABE, PENRY, CONSTANTINE, BRILL

Complete Meat Boxes, “Stay @ Home” BBQ Packs, Rowes Steak Pasties as well as a full range of fresh Butchery to suit your requirements'

5:17pm

BREAKING

Lockdown to stay in place til at least May 

5:15pm
Georgia - 100km

Wendy walked 100km in her back garden to raise money for the NHS 

Wendy Barker, from Gorran Haven, began walking at 7:30am on Wednesday the 15th of April and after hours of walking all day and through the night, Wendy finished the humongous challenge 23 hours later at 6:45am the following morning. 

100km equates to 770 laps of her garden - plus 54 laps as her FitBit wasn't correctly logging the distance!

Her aim was to complete 100km in less that 24 hours - which she achieved comfortably with an hour to spare - all whilst raising as much money as possible for NHS Charities Together.

READ MORE

3:28pm

Update on the number of tests being carried out

 

2:12pm
coronavirus police patrols

169 people fined by police across Cornwall and Devon

It has been revealed that at least 169 people across Cornwall and Devon were fined by police over the Easter weekend.

Around a quarter of those were to people living outside of the two counties. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner says our force issued more fines for breaching coronavirus regulations than almost any other over the bank holiday weekend.

The police force carried out high-visibility patrols to make sure people were following the lockdown guidance, with over 4,000 visits to beauty spots and businesses across the region.

Officers spoke with over 5,500 people during these targeted patrols across four days and 960 people were given verbal warnings for failing to follow the guidance.

There was a slight increase in traffic on the roads but police say most drivers were making essential journeys.

Both the Duchy and Devon are being reassured that everyday policing is continuing with around 650 calls to 999 being answered every day.

READ MORE


 

2:06pm

Plymouth’s Street Factory goes global with hip hop home school!

Plymouth-based Hip Hop Social Collective, Street Factory, creators of the UK’s first Hip Hop theatre, are continuing to reach out with their well-known positive vibe as they continue to stay connected with their community by providing elemental well-being support, mentoring, dance and fitness classes and encouraging entertainment – all from their own home.

Since Monday 16th March they have taken to technology to keep their arms around their extended family of over 350 young and vulnerable people across Plymouth and beyond, and to provide daily, and often hourly, essential support, and daily hip hop classes from their own living room. With all of the worries and changes around the COVID-19 crisis situation, the Street Factory team are finding that their unique form of social care, and mentoring support, is needed more than ever.

2:02pm

Cinta Stage are offering online classes

1:54pm

Fowey Academy shares info on how to keep teenagers happy during lockdown

1:02pm

30: Cornish Claire's Video Diary - Make your pictures float!

Now we're back to the school routine at home after Easter, Cornish Claire and her daughter are back doing science experiments! In this one, learn how to make pictures float! You can also use this method to make your own home made temporary tattoos.

12:29pm

Tips for self-isolating alone

12:22pm

Pasty delivery in Cornwall during Lockdown

Pasties

We are gripped by lockdown, our pubs and restaurants are closed for visits but they are adapting their business models.

Some are providing takeaway and delivery services - "but can I still buy a pasty?!" we hear you cry.

Yes, you can, what more they deliver! Take a look at a selection of Cornwall’s finest and how you can still get your 'pasty fix' to your front door.

FIND OUT MORE IN OUR LIST

12:17pm

Captain Tom Moore completed his 100 garden laps with soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment

He has now raised over £13 million for NHS Charities. The soldiers, formed from his old regiment The Duke of Wellington's, welcomed him in on his final lap.

You can donate here.

11:52am

We can still stay connected

10:57am

10 tips for mowing your lawn

The sun's out again today so here's some of the new content we're bringing you on our Superblog pages - including regular gardening features.

Lawnmower

If you've seen some gardens that more closely resemble a cricket pitch, and would like yours to be the same, here are a few tips on mowing:

  • Before the first mow rake away moss and dead grass 
  • Aerate with a fork 
  • Mow in dry conditions 
  • Mowing - whenever the grass is growing - the aim is to maintain a constant height throughout the year 
  • Mowing infrequently AND mow short = patchy lawn! 
  • Don’t leave the mowing for more than 14 days 
  • Don’t remove more than 1/3 of lawn at one time 
  • If your lawnmower has a roller, change the mowing direction at least every month 
  • Each run up the lawn with the lawn mower should slightly overlap the previous one 
  • Clean down mower after each use (this helps keep weeds away) 

READ MORE IN OUR GARDENING SECTION

10:40am

Hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk' as retail sales slump

Worker

Retail sales fell by 27% in the first two weeks of the UK's lockdown, resulting in the worst monthly decline on record for the sector overall last month, according to industry figures.

The British Retail Consortium said the coronavirus crisis, which has resulted in deserted high streets throughout the UK, means hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk.

Its figures showed total sales in March fell by 4.3% compared with the same month last year, the worst performance - when stripping out seasonal distortions - since the survey began in 1995.

Yet that masked the even bigger drop of more than a quarter at the end of the survey period - the two weeks to 4 April - largely covering the time after UK went into lockdown on 23 March.

Demand had risen sharply in the earlier part of the month, with sales surging 12% as shoppers stocked up on food and other essential items ahead of the restrictions coming into force.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: "The closure of non-essential shops led to deserted high streets and high double-digit declines in sales which even a rise in online shopping could not compensate for."

Sales of computers, board games and fitness equipment rose sharply as a result of the shift to home-schooling and working from home, but demand for fashion "significantly declined", she said.

"The crisis continues; the retail industry is at the epicentre and the tremors will be felt for a long while yet.

"Many physical non-food retailers have been forced to shut down entirely or to limit themselves to online only to protect customers and staff.

"Consequently, hundreds of thousands of jobs at are risk within these companies and their supply chains.

"We welcome the government's actions to date, yet millions of livelihoods rely on their continued support."

Helen Dickinson

READ MORE

10:36am

RNIB campaign over online shopping

 

 

10:26am

Homeschooling humour

9:46am

Lockdown has given us more Tik Tok - and things like this

9:42am

Life won't go back to normal when COVID-19 lockdown eased, says health secretary

Screenshot 2020-04-16 at 9.40.54 am

Life in the UK will not go straight back to normal when coronavirus lockdown measures are eased, the health secretary has said.

Matt Hancock warned it would "take time" for the enforced social distancing measures to be fully phased out.

He suggested the government will announce an extension to the three-week emergency "stay at home" rules in a bid to suppress the COVID-19 outbreak, which has already seen at least 12,868 people die.

Cabinet ministers will get a briefing on the latest scientific and medical advice via video conference later this morning, before a special meeting of the government's emergency committee known as COBRA is chaired by stand-in prime minister Dominic Raab.

READ MORE

9:26am

Coronavirus: The four factors that will decide when the UK's lockdown can end

Coronavirus

We are well into the fourth week of the UK's coronavirus lockdown, with the government today expected to extend the restrictions into next month.

While the Queen has reassured the nation that they "will meet again", the question as to when that might be has remained unclear as the number of deaths relating to COVID-19 continues to rise.

But have there been signs that the restrictions on our everyday lives are working?

There are four main measures to consider: the rate of infection, numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, hospital admissions and new deaths.

READ THE FULL BREAKDOWN HERE

8:54am

He's done it!

Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 at the end of the month, has smashed his original target to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden - and raised £12m.

And donations are continuing to pour in from people wanting to support frontline NHS workers fighting the coronavirus.

READ MORE

8:26am

Geddon Tom!

What an inspirational LEGEND.

Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 at the end of the month, has smashed his original target to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden - and raised £12m.

And donations are continuing to pour in from people wanting to support frontline NHS workers fighting the coronavirus.

READ MORE

8:11am

169 people fined by police across Cornwall and Devon

coronavirus police patrols

It has been revealed that at least 169 people across Cornwall and Devon were fined by police over the Easter weekend.

Around a quarter of those were to people living outside of the two counties. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner says our force issued more fines for breaching coronavirus regulations than almost any other over the bank holiday weekend.

The police force carried out high-visibility patrols to make sure people were following the lockdown guidance, with over 4,000 visits to beauty spots and businesses across the region.

Officers spoke with over 5,500 people during these targeted patrols across four days and 960 people were given verbal warnings for failing to follow the guidance.

READ MORE

8:04am

George Michael tribute star sings live while cycling for NHS

Starting 13th April...950 miles, 50 miles a day for 19 days join Steve Mitchell in a virtual "George Michael cycle singathon".

Steve will be live everyday at  https://m.facebook.com/SteveMitchellTGMS playing George's music and singing a few songs on my virtual route simulating the distance from Land's End to John o'Groats.

Click here for the fundraising page for the NHS charities in the battle against Covid-19

8:00am

New procedures around saying goodbye to dying loved ones

7:58am

Cops and colouring

7:38am

Hands up if you can relate....

7:33am

Veteran, 99, raises £11m for NHS and vows to keep walking for as long as people donate

Screenshot 2020-04-16 at 7.33.06 am

A 99-year-old war veteran who has raised more than £11m for the NHS by walking around his garden says he will keep going while people continue to donate.

Captain Tom Moore, who turns 100 at the end of the month, has smashed his original target to raise £1,000 by walking 100 lengths of his Bedfordshire garden.

And donations are continuing to pour in from people wanting to support frontline NHS workers fighting the coronavirus.

Speaking to Sky News during a break from his walks, Captain Moore said: "We set out originally to raise a little bit of money by me walking up and down 100 times in reference to my 100th birthday.

"But if I've done the 100 by tomorrow, I'll have to continue past my birthday, which won't matter because I'll continue walking while people are contributing money to a marvellous fund for the NHS.

"With this invisible enemy that we've got, we've all got to look forward to the future when we've beaten this enemy.

"Whatever people think, we shall get better. Things will be better tomorrow."

READ MORE

7:30am

How to support Cornwall's NHS

7:27am

Concerns over protective screens in Cornwall's buses

bus screens coronavirus

A bus union says new flexible screens fitted to drivers’ cabs are like a ‘shower curtain’ and claims they will do little to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The union RMT says the screens fitted by First South West, which runs services in Cornwall, are “the most inept steps they have ever seen from an employer to protect their workers from Covid-19.”

It says screens screwed to cab ceilings hang short of the windscreen, allowing passengers to pull them aside to talk to drivers.

The union has released a video and photograph of the screens in cabs of buses in Cornwall and Somerset as evidence to support its concerns. 

One official said drivers are afraid of dying and fear that they could pass the virus to passengers and family members.

READ MORE

7:23am

 STATS     

Global Coronavirus Cases:
2,084,042

Deaths:
134,669

Recovered:
515,109

Last updated: April 16, 2020, 06:19 GMT. Source: worldometers.info

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