Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 23

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Thursday April 23

Published at 4:27pm 22nd April 2020. (Updated at 5:50pm 23rd 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 

Live updates below.


Daisy Fays Nursery creates a video to spread joy

They must've had so much fun making this - we love it!


A virtual duet with Elaine Paige 

Ali Hoswell filmed himself singing a virtual duet with the legend that is Elaine Paige - and it sounds fantastic!

She then found the video and watched it, before tweeting a reply! We can't wait for a Cornish Elaine Paige/Ali Hoswell duet!!


Update from Matt Hancock about the vaccine trial


Cornwall Care appeal for scrubs


Paul Ainsworth remains positive and supports other local businesses


This is what stuntmen do on lockdown


Tom Moore is the Pride of Britain!


Firefighters join fight against coronavirus in Cornwall


Firefighters will be getting behind the wheel of ambulances for the first time in Cornwall to help increase capacity in the ambulance service during the coronavirus crisis.

Training has been taking place this week to prepare firefighters to be able to drive ambulances.

Under the plans there will be two ambulances which will be based in Launceston and Newquay.

They will be driven by a firefighter who will be accompanied by an ambulance medic.



Cornwall kids show they've got friends in lockdown

Cassie Kemp is a mum of a preschooler at St Erme with Trispen primary school and wanted to do something to bring all the school children together while they are physically apart.

And this is the result!


5 Cornish companies who can help with home improvements

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As we find ourselves in lockdown, it can be a good time to look at doing a bit of DIY.

While possibly not considered "essential" it could be seen as a source of helping with mental health.

Being able to get into the garden to put up a new fence, sort out the plants, or perhaps taking a brush and paint to the dining room are just a few things that could be done to make getting through each day a little easier.

Whatever you feel needs addressing at home, below is a selection of businesses that may be able to help.



Advice on staying safe from Coronavirus cybercrime


How to send a birthday card to Captain Tom Moore


Captain Tom Moore became a national hero by raising over £28m for the NHS by completing laps of his garden.

The Second World War veteran was born on April 30, 1920, and now you can send him a birthday card to mark his centenary.

The Post Office has made it easy, too, issuing clear guidance on how to do it.



Temporary mortuary to hold 900 bodies created in Cornwall

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A temporary mortuary which can hold up to 900 bodies has been set up at Newquay airport in case it is needed during the coronavirus crisis.

The facility was put in place by Cornwall Council which has also prepared additional graves to cope with the higher number of deaths than usual which could be caused by the virus.

Last week council chief executive Kate Kennally said the council had taken the measures in line with other local authorities but stressed that it was hoped that they would not be required.


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