Coronavirus Live Blog: Friday April 24

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Friday April 24

Published at 6:24pm 23rd April 2020. (Updated at 7:37pm 24th April 2020)

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

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800 soft drinks are donated to RCH by St Austell Brewery and the Pub Grub idea


Cornwall Pride creates a very colourful tribute to the NHS and key workers

To create this gorgeous, rainbow tribute, it took four people (all observing social distancing) two hours to finish. 

"It is our way to show support from Cornwall Pride as we have an amazing rainbow flag and its one of the largest in the UK. So sharing it right now, saying "thank you" as a community rainbow is the most important thing we can do. To bring people together with an image of hope and love. With support from Team Newquay and the local Police Diversity Team to share it in solidarity with NHS and all key workers. Again to truly say a HUGE thank you to everyone for everything 🌈

Matthew Kenworthy Gomes from Cornwall Pride


Liam Marsh is running the distance of Land's End to John O'Groats

He's doing this to help raise money for NHS Charities Together during lockdown - even at the expense of his carpet! 

You can donate to his fundraiser, here.


Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball get to number one!


Kensington Palace tweet their support of the 2.6 challenge


Carer volunteers to personally deliver PPE across north Cornwall

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A carer from north Cornwall is volunteering to deliver personal protective equipment to those who need it amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leon Chambers wants to help people and organisations who are making PPE supplies for keyworkers, such as face masks, get them out to care homes.

He is based in Delabole but is offering to help out anyone across the north Cornwall area by personally delivering stock on his motorbike.

Leon told Pirate FM the supplies are vital in protecting care workers and he wants to help others stay safe.



Wadebridge Community Fire Station showed their appreciation for #ClapForCarers


Demand for tests as service goes live

The Department of Health and Social Care says there has been a significant demand for booking tests today.

Essential workers in England can apply for tests which are available for you and people in your household if anyone in the home has symptoms.

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"We apologise for any inconvenience. We are continuing to rapidly increase availability. More tests will be available tomorrow," the DHSC said on Facebook.


Support for seals


How to cope with the household waste centre closures

ClearWaste Waste Bags and Man & Van services

With Cornwall’s household waste and recycling centres closed to the public until further notice, are you accumulating bulky rubbish?

If so, Cornish waste management company ClearWaste would like to help.

The Covid-19 lockdown has given many householders time to carry out home improvement projects and generally tidy up their living space.

All of this generates waste which they would normally take to a Council ‘dump’.

For most people, it means part of their house, garage or garden is now a refuse site. For an unscrupulous minority, the solution has been to fly-tip.

Fortunately, licensed commercial waste companies like ClearWaste are still allowed to recycle and dispose of rubbish at designated facilities.



Almost 300 lockdown fines issued across Cornwall and Devon

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It has been revealed that almost 300 fines have been handed out to people across Cornwall and Devon for breaking lockdown rules.

In the 10 days between Good Friday, April 10th, and 20th April, 296 fines were issued as a 'last resort' across the region by police.

Officers say the vast majority of those were issued to those making non-essential journeys.

A fixed penalty notice starts at £60 which is lowered to £30 if they are paid within 14 days. Second time offenders can be fined £120, doubling on each further repeat offence.



Beautiful Cornwall is a welcome sight


Wedding invites soar for couple amid neighbourhood challenges

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A furloughed employee has found a way to keep spirits high among his neighbours - which has meant more guests for his upcoming wedding.

Andy Byles lives on a terrace of just seven houses in Camborne with partner Andrea.

The street started a neighbourly group chat so they could check in on each other, provide shopping and take part in quizzes.

But now it has turned into weekly challenges of the most creative ideas to keep their community entertained - and additional invites.



Take care of your mental health


The nation heads to Amarillo for good causes

Peter Kay brought back his famous Amarillo march 15 years after the original - this time including members of the public and key workers

It was to help raise money as part of the BBC's Big Night In - which saw £27m in donations.

"Listen, if you can help tonight, there's a number on screen," said Peter.

"If you can't, then don't worry about it. You've got enough going on."


For more and to donate, head here


Fears Covid-19 could claim 40% of Cornish businesses

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There are fears that 40% of all businesses in Cornwall could fail this year unless the coronavirus lockdown ends by June.

That was the stark warning from the chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce about the current situation for companies in the Duchy.

Kim Conchie said: “If this thing isn’t over by the end of May or early June at the very latest and people can see that we will get some summer season then 40% of our businesses will fail this year. That will take decades to recover.”

The Chamber boss said that while business grants from the government were now filtering through to companies and helping to keep them afloat there was a need for planning to start for how firms will recover once restrictions are lifted.




'Too soon' to end lockdown but health secretary 'comfortable' with some  businesses reopening

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News it is still too soon for UK lockdown measures to be relaxed, but that he is "comfortable" with some businesses reopening.

The minister said that while the daily number of UK deaths due to coronavirus meant the country was not yet ready to start diluting some social-distancing rules, he was not opposed to building sites and hardware stores resuming work.

Companies including hardware chain B&Q, house builders Taylor Wimpey and car makers Jaguar and Nissan have begun asking staff to return to work this week.



BREAKING: 'Too soon' to end lockdown but health secretary 'comfortable' with building sites reopening


Great Cornish fresh food you can still have delivered


There are many local businesses who are adapting to help keep communities supplied with food and drink.

Our list features a handful that can help you and your families with home deliveries.

So where possible stay safe and #StayAtHome.



Shops 'never needed to close' 


Cornwall comedy Queen Dawn French returns as Vicar of Dibley in Coronavirus fundraiser

Celebrities came together for the BBC's Big Night In and raised £27m for causes that support vulnerable people around the UK whose lives have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch Dawn's return below, see more clips and donate over at the BBC's Big Night In page.


Falmouth pays its respects with lots of noise


Key workers can now order tests online - here's what you need to do


Key workers and anyone in their household are able to book coronavirus tests online from today if they have symptoms of the illness.

The health secretary announced the move after the testing capacity increased from 40,000 to 51,000 on Thursday, meaning the UK is "ahead of our plans" to reach 100,000 tests per day by the end of April.

Here is a simple guide to who qualifies as a key worker, how they can book a test, and what it involves.



'Why were they shouting?" - big sister explains clapping


A message from the front line


 Friday, April 24 - What you're waking up to     

Global cases: 2,665,122. Total deaths: 185,494 (JHU)

UK cases: 138,078. Total deaths: 18,738 (DHSC)

  • Key workers and their households can book COVID-19 tests online from tomorrow
  • Scotland's First Minister wants “grown-up conversation” as she lays out lockdown exit plan
  • Scientists at the University of Oxford begin human trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Find out more from The Facebook Covid-19 information centre

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