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Coronavirus live updates, April 4 2020: work underway on Bristol Nightingale hospital

By bristol247, Friday Apr 3, 2020

Work has begun on a new temporary hospital at UWE Bristol to provide up to 1,000 beds if needed during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHS has confirmed the university’s exhibition and conference centre at Frenchay is currently being converted and is expected to be fully operational this month.

On a national scale, health secretary Matt Hancock has said the government is aiming to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April and the Queen is due to address the nation on Sunday.

Scroll down for the latest updates:

5pm
That’s the end of our live blog for today. Join us again on Monday for more live updates.

4.19pm
In today’s latest news:

  • Caring in Bristol and some of the city’s most loved restaurants have come together to create ‘Cheers Drive’, a Bristol-wide food delivery service delivering restaurant-quality meals to the homeless.
  • Bristol Diversity Awards officially postpone this year’s event.
  • Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and the council are telling people to stay home even though the weather is warmer.
  • An album raising money for Bristol charities during the coronavirus crisis will be released on Monday.

4.16pm
Michael Gove addresses the nation in the Government’s daily briefing as UK deaths from coronavirus from 20 per cent. He stresses that people must stay inside despite the warm weather.

Professor Stephen Powis also gives an update and adds that hospitalisations are beginning to plateau, but that rules must continue to be followed.

He says that deaths are likely to rise over the next few weeks before stabilising.

4pm
Despite reports that people had been crowding in parks earlier in the day, a police patrol found that the city centre was empty.

3.26pm
Wig in a Box Promotions, which organises some of Bristol’s biggest queer events, has set up a Patreon “with exclusive online content, including podcasts, too hot for TV shows and more” to fund the company through the pandemic. There is a £3 tier and £5 tier.

2.46pm
637 people in England who tested positive for the Covid-19 have died today, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 3,939, according to NHS England said. Those who died today include a five-year-old child.

2.11pm
Bristol Diversity Awards confirm that the event will take place this year, but not on May 30 as originally planned.

2.06pm
Staff are working hard to keep Bristol’s parks and green spaces maintained.

1.17pm
An album raising money for Bristol charities during the coronavirus crisis will be released on Monday and features BEAK> and Sœur. Read the exclusive story here.

12.44pm
Bristol City Council are reporting that several of the city’s parks are busy. Please follow advice and stay at home.

12.11pm
Bristol Food Union got a shout out on Saturday Kitchen. Bristol Food Union is an informal collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations that have come together across-sectors to ensure that the city of Bristol stays fed during the Covid-19 crisis and organised by  Aine Morris of Food Union Media, Josh Eggleton of the Pony & Trap group and Steph Wetherell of Bristol Food Producers.

The organisation’s website also tells people where they can buy food from independent businesses, how they can help feed a frontline worker and donate to the city’s food and drink sector.

12.01pm
Bristol24/7’s small team is working around the clock to bring you all the latest news about coronavirus. Read about a new online store raising money for grassroots venues, the North Bristol NHS staff that have made a video to say thanks to the public, and a food delivery service providing food for the city’s homeless.

11.55am
Thekla has gone virtual, holding club nights on Twitch and launching an Isolation Discs podcast. The first episode features Gardna – you can read more about the Bristol-based artist on Bristol24/7 here.

11.04am
Bristol Hospitality Network, which supports asylum seekers and people experiencing destitution, has launched an emergency appeal. The charity needs to raise £30,000 to provide payments for food, bare essentials, tech poverty and interpretation services for its 26 users during the coronavirus crisis.

Quartet Community Foundation have enabled the charity to double its solidarity payments to £20 per week, but say “this isn’t enough”.

Bristol Hospitality Network says: “We need to raise a total of £30,000 to increase the weekly destitution payments to our 26 members over the next 12 weeks, contribute towards their phone top-ups and internet data needs for communication, and also contribute to our core funds, enabling us to continue to support our members’ accommodation and wellbeing needs.”

10.41am
Bored during lockdown? Bristol24/7 looking for your artwork, videos and more that you have created during the coronavirus crisis which can be showcased online.

To share your work, email martin@bristol247.com with a bit of information about you and how you created your masterpiece.

9.06am
The weather is set to be warm this weekend, but Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and the council are telling people to stay home despite the sun.

8.45am
The number of confirmed cases in Bristol is 156, according to Public Health England.

6.30am
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog as the UK continues to live under lockdown.

Here are some of the latest developments:

  • Bristol residents left struggling to pay council tax during the coronavirus pandemic have been assured support is available.
  • The Queen will speak in a televised address to the nation on Sunday.
  • First has welcomed the Department for Transport’s announcement of financial support for bus operators providing crucial services.
  • Work has begun on a new temporary hospital at UWE Bristol to provide up to 1,000 beds if needed during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Main photo by Ellie Pipe

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