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Coronavirus live updates, April 7 2020: work begins on temporary morgue

By bristol247, Tuesday Apr 7, 2020

Work starts today on building a temporary mortuary with enough space for up to 240 bodies.

It will be located within Bristol City Council’s vehicle fleet servicing depot in Brislington in anticipation of further loss of life due to coronavirus.

In other news, prime minister Boris Johnson spent the night in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab will deputise “where necessary”.

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6.17pm
Thank you for reading our live blog today. We will be back tomorrow at 6.30am.

6.13pm
A round up of today’s developments:

  • Prime minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital after Covid-19 symptoms worsened. The prime minister is receiving “standard” oxygen treatment and is breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.
  • More than one million pieces of personal protective equipment have been supplied to adult social care workers in the Avon and Somerset area.
  • Redfest, a free community music and arts festival based in Redfield and St George, will not take place this year.
  • FareShare South West and 1625 Independent People have launched emergency appeals.

5.56pm
From 10am on Wednesday, 25 pitches for van dwellers in Bristol will be made available by the city council at Portway Rugby Development Centre in Sea Mills.

5.08pm
Dominic Raab addresses the nation. He reports that 213,181 have been tested as of today, and that 55,242 have tested positive. He reiterates the importance of staying home to protect the NHS and save lives.

When discussing the prime minister’s health, he says: “I’m confident he’ll pull through because if there’s one thing I know about this prime minister, he’s a fighter.”

5.01pm
Bristol Waste key workers featured on This Morning earlier today.

4.25pm
There have been 854 deaths from coronavirus in the UK in the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase so far.

3.35pm
Bristol Film Office has made all films about or featuring the city available to access through Bristol Libraries.

3.27pm
1625 Independent People has launched an emergency appeal. The charity said: “Our immediate need and challenge is supporting the most vulnerable young people who are isolating or shielding, and are facing the following challenges: Digital exclusion, lack of access to essential, challenges in mental health and wellbeing, maintaining a clean environment in our shared accommodation.”

3.01pm
People in St Andrew’s Park have been sunbathing, despite warnings not to flout the lockdown rules.

2.36pm
UWE Bristol’s student union is feeling grateful for the small things.

2.16pm
Cotham School has made their car park on Cotham Lawn Road free for NHS workers.

1.43pm
Boris Johnson was stable overnight and is now in good spirits, a spokesperson said.

The prime minister is receiving “standard” oxygen treatment and is breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

Prime minister Boris Johnson posed for selfies with Bristol Port workers at Avonmouth before the 2019 general election – photo: Conservative Party

1.24pm
Stephen Merchant, who grew up in Hanham, has sent a message of support to patients at St Peter’s Hospice:

1.02pm
New comedy night Chops, normally based at Friendly Records Bar on North Street in Bedminster, will be streaming on Facebook and Twitch tonight at 8pm.

12.31pm
Izzy the cat sends a postcard from the SS Great Britain.

11.46am
FareShare South West has launched an emergency appeal.

“We are absolutely determined not only to stay open but to level up our organisation as far as we possibly can to stop the very worst happening,” says the organisation. “Our charity not only faces the challenge of continuing our existing operation, but also adding emergency operation. We have increased cleaning costs, fuel costs, logistics and food sourcing costs.

“Please give what you can and please share far and wide to help us bridge the food gap during this crisis.”

11.20am
Josie Irvine, who ordinarily works at The Good Store Studio on Old Market Street, has been making face masks for key workers.

10.36am
Bristol-based charity Life Cycle UK has launched online sales of its bikes.

10.27am
The number of confirmed cases in Bristol now stands at 211, according to Public Health England.

9.48am
Redfest, a free community music and arts festival based in Redfield and St George, will not take place this year.

“We are sorry to announce that in light of the current situation, including the lockdown and uncertainty around site licences for August, Redfest will not take place in the park this year,” say the organisers.

“We’ve been closely following all government and city council advice, and arranging a large public gathering this summer is not possible for a multitude of reasons. The safety of everyone, from suppliers to audience members, has to come first.”

9.40am
Bristol Cathedral’s Easter services will move online this weekend with the choir assembling via multitrack video. On Easter Day, the whole choir of nearly 40 choristers will come together virtually for a special celebratory performance of This Joyful Eastertide.

It will be the first Easter since 1542 without a congregation in the cathedral.

8.13am
More than one million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been supplied to adult social care workers in the Avon and Somerset area.

An emergency supply of PPE from the Government has been received by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum and is being distributed on Bristol, Bath, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Avon and Somerset police chief superintendent Ian Wylie said: “We welcome this emergency supply of essential PPE equipment which will help protect care home and domiciliary care workers and enable them to continue to deliver critical care services in our communities across the Avon and Somerset area, whilst also limiting the spread of Covid-19.”

Read the full story here.

7.51am
Doctor, Bristol Bears player and aerial somersault expert. Is there anything that Simi Hannah can’t do?

7.14am
On Monday, 439 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the UK – down from 621 on Sunday and 708 on Saturday.

6.43am
The Bishop of Bristol, Viv Faull, has offered her prayers to the prime minister.

6.30am
Good morning and welcome to Tuesday’s live blog.

Here is the latest news:

  • Downing Street said that Boris Johnson was receiving “excellent care” in hospital.
  • China says it has recorded not a single coronavirus death in the past day.
  • Japan is set to declare a state of emergency in its biggest cities.
  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern told children that the Tooth Fairy and Easter bunny are essential workers.

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