Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 28

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Tuesday April 28

Published at 7:16am 28th April 2020. (Updated at 11:27am 29th April 2020)

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

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An update for Truro Park and Ride


'Still too early' to say when schools will open


Camel Creek offers half price annual passes for NHS workers


Today's press conference from Number 10


Any excuse to listen to Johnny's Lockdown song again!


A gorgeous reminder that Cornwall will be here waiting when lockdown is lifted

Chris Whittaker used his once a day walk with his gorgeous pup to create this masterpiece.


Help support Newquay zoo with their daily tasks


36: Cornish Claire VS the Hula Hoop!

She was a hula hooping pro when she was four years old, but does she still have the hula hooping moves?


If you're cooking more in lockdown, beware of potential fires!


Spike in calls to NHS 111 in Cornwall

NHS 111 - RADAR only

There has been a big spike in calls to NHS 111 in Cornwall during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS England data shows that the Cornwall 111 helpline received 22,347 calls in March – up by 37% from February and a 61% increase from the 13,898 calls received in March 2019.

Of the calls received last month, 7,260 (32%) were abandoned by callers kept waiting for 30 seconds or more – a much higher proportion than the 3% abandoned a year previously in Cornwall.



Lockdown education - Balls on balls 😂


A minute's silence at 11am


An important mindset


Cornwall's letting and estate agents still helping you move house

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Were you in the midst of trying to sell your property or look to get on the property ladder in 2020?

You may have been about to sign contracts or merely dipping your toe into moving in 2020 but you shouldn’t let the current situation stop you from thinking this is not possible.

Think of this lockdown as an opportunity to get you home in order ready to sell when we can move forward, and below are just a select few agents in Cornwall both for sales and lettings who can still help you to ensure you are ready and prepared for when the current legislation is slowly relaxed.



Swan Lake rescheduled at theatre


UK to fall silent in tribute to key workers who have died with COVID-19


The nation will fall silent on Tuesday to pay tribute to the key workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

The deaths of more than 90 frontline NHS workers have been confirmed by Sky News since 25 March, and those in other key sectors such as private social care and transport have also died.

Boris Johnson, who was struck down with coronavirus himself and spent time in intensive care, will join others across Britain observing the minute's silence at 11am.



Watch as schoolchildren sing Cornwall My Home


Greater risks for the obese?


What are the long-term effects?


Don't draw on pets 😂🙈



🌍 Global confirmed cases: 3,017,806; total deaths: 209,661 (JHU)
🇬🇧 UK confirmed cases: 157,149; total deaths: 21,092 (DHSC)
🏥 Life assurance payment of £60K for families of NHS workers who die from COVID-19 announced by health secretary
🏦 Small businesses eligible for 100% guaranteed loans up to £50K from next week, government says
⛑ UK to hold minute’s silence tomorrow at 11am to honour key workers


Courtesy Facebook's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre. Find out more here.


Cornwall Hospice Care are launching 'Your marathon, your pace'


Whether you should've been running a marathon this year, or your trainers have been gathering dust, Cornwall Hospice Care has issued a new challenge.

The hospice is still delivering support and care to those dealing with a terminal illness. 

But due to the closure of over 30 retail shops and the cancellation of many fundraising events, the charity is now searching for other ways to raise donations.

This includes their new campaign called 'Your marathon, your pace', which challenges people to complete either a half marathon, or a full marathon, at their own speed. 

You'll have four weeks to complete your chosen distance, whether that be walking, running or a mixture of the two.

The challenge launches on the 26th of April - the originally scheduled date of the London Marathon.



You don't need to be in London to run a marathon!

Not A London Marathon

After months of preparation, Kevin Eddy was all geared up to run the London Marathon and was gutted when it was cancelled.

However, he wasn't going to let a little thing like a global pandemic get in the way of his 26.2 miles...

On the 26th of April, the day the marathon was meant to be taking place, Kevin, from Illogan, began the 'Not London Marathon' by running the 26 miles around the block. His family even set up a water station for him on their front lawn as he tackled the mammoth distance.

His friends and neighbours all showed their support, making sure to offer him encouragement along the way. 

Kevin even completed two laps dressed as a unicorn to keep his fans entertained! 

He is trying to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Chance for Childhood, and if you'd like to donate, you can do so here!



Reports of second home owners still travelling down to Cornwall

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There are calls for tougher rules on people travelling to their second homes in Cornwall during lockdown.

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas says he is still getting reports of visitors coming down to local towns and villages.

He wants to see an increased police patrols in the Duchy to help encourage people to stay at home.

Mr Thomas has taken up the case with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Inspector calling on them to clarify advice and increase their  presence.

The guidance from Devon and Cornwall Police is: “Do not travel to Devon and Cornwall. Please stay at home and do not undertake travel that isn’t essential. We understand that people may have second homes in Devon or Cornwall but we urge you not to travel to them.”

However, the West Cornwall MP says police have 'one arm tied behind their backs' as the regulations haven’t been tested in court.


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