Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 29

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Coronavirus Live Blog: Wednesday April 29

Published at 5:20pm 28th April 2020. (Updated at 5:38pm 29th April 2020)

Wednesday'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 

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5:38pm

Regent Court Vets remind dog owners to be vigilant whist on walks

3:03pm

Cornwall Council offers advice to those experiencing domestic violence

12:52pm

Meet the divers at the National Marine Aquarium before they go into the shark tank

11:42am

Well deserved praise for the Bodmin Bikers

11:29am

Crib Stop, Camborne, make sure firefighters are well fed!

11:07am

Students do their bit to boost morale at Treliske Hospital

Camborne school students do their bit

Front-line NHS workers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital have had a boost from local students.

In the last two weeks, students across all year groups at Camborne School made cards with personalised messages inside, which were then collected and delivered to staff at Treliske.

Assistant principal Rachel Trevarthen said: “In a time of national crisis, we believe it’s vital to come together to support each other.

"Our NHS workers are absolutely incredible, selfless and inspiring individuals and as a school, we wanted to show our continued gratitude and make them smile."

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10:46am

Give the gift of you during lockdown

snugzy

It could be said that we are fortunate to be living through this lockdown in the age of Facetime and Zoom.

But if you find video conferencing to be no substitute for getting a tight squeeze from a loved one, perhaps you need to send them ... erm, yourself.
The internet has brought us no shortage of strange and wonderful things but the latest we've spotted online is Snugzy.

And we cannot decide if these would be terrifically comforting in these times of isolation - but it would certainly raise a smile.

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10:18am

Member of the public to ask question at No 10 briefing

10:16am

Coronavirus school closures will worsen north/south education divide, say MPs

school children

The schools shutdown will widen the education gap between north and south, MPs will warn the education secretary today.

In an open letter to Gavin Williamson, more than 50 MPs and peers have said urgent action is needed to prevent the poorest pupils falling behind long-term.

Two thirds of secondary schools teaching the most disadvantaged communities are in the north of England, new figures show.

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9:33am

7 top tips for working from home

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With lockdown likely to continue for the foreseeable future, we asked Andrew Davenport​ of Pool-based Focus Technology Europe, about how we could best work from home.

He's put together an essential survival guide just for you.

"As someone who works in an industry where working from home is second nature it is quite easy to be productive," said Andrew.

"For many, the concept of working from home has not been something to consider until now so here are some handy hints on how to get the most out of your working day."

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8:38am

 UK NEWS     

Man jailed for beating police dog with plank of wood when asked if his journey was essential

police car

A man who attacked police officers and beat a police dog with a plank of wood after being asked if his journey was essential has been jailed.

Nelson Nelson, from Birmingham, struck the canine several times with a plank of wood with nails in it during the "violent rampage" earlier this month.

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8:32am

Walking advice from NHS Kernow

8:32am

Everything is fine

7:53am

Newquay restaurant supports key workers

7:38am

The pictures of Captain Tom Moore's birthday cards are incredible

Captain Moore celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday and over 120,000 cards have been sent from around the world. 

The war veteran has raised over £29 million pounds for frontline workers by walking laps of his garden.

Now a south west train is being named after NHS fundraising hero.

During his time in the British Army, Captain Tom was stationed in Cornwall. 

His regiment, the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, trained in Wadebridge and were tasked with coastal defence against a threatened German invasion.

Now train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) is to name a train in tribute to Captain Tom and his remarkable fundraising achievements during the Covid-19 crisis.

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7:35am

Coronavirus patient at Treliske makes emotional thank you to staff

Alan Rowe coronavirus Treliske

A coronavirus patient in Cornwall has opened up about what it is like being treated for Covid-19 in hospital.

Alan Rowe from Falmouth is currently being treated at Treliske Hospital after being rushed into intensive care.

His wife had to call 111 and an ambulance was sent to take him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Luckily the granddad is now on the road to recovery and he has now been moved onto the ward.

Alan is thanking the NHS staff who have helped him through a tough time.

"The Sunday morning in the early hours my wife rang 111, it was a superb service they gave me some good advice and advised me to go to hospital.

"The ambulance service was brilliant and I got to Treliske and since then it's been absolutely brilliant.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, sorry I'm a bit emotional, but the ICU supported me, and it was a challenge but I tried to play my part and they played theirs and they are really great people, and I thank them.

"I've got lovely kids, brothers, my wife and grandchildren who all kept me going.

"If I can give anyone any help, stick at it, it will be alright, it'll be alright."

Alan Rowe, Covid-19 patient at Treliske

You can read more of his story here

7:30am

Camel Creek offers half price annual passes for NHS workers

7:30am

An update for Truro Park and Ride

7:28am

 WEDNESDAY'S TOP STATS AND HEADLINES     

🌍Global confirmed cases: 3,090,844; total deaths: 215,063 (JHU)
 
🇬🇧 UK confirmed cases: 161,145; total deaths: 21,678 (DHSC)
 
💉 Coronavirus testing now available to all people over the age of 65 showing symptoms, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says
 
📈 Updates on number of COVID-19 deaths in care homes and in the community to be published daily, government announces
 
💰 More than 3,000 fines handed out to people flouting social distancing rules, Michael Gove tells the House of Commons

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

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