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Coronavirus live updates, April 8 2020: Staying home as spring sun shines

By bristol247, Tuesday Apr 7, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday’s live blog.

Work began yesterday on a temporary mortuary, located within Bristol City Council’s vehicle fleet servicing depot in Brislington, with with enough space for up to 240 bodies.

It is being set up in anticipation of increased coronavirus deaths due to coronavirus in the city.

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Prime minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital, receiving “standard” oxygen treatment and is breathing without any other assistance. Michael Gove is currently self-isolating.

Scroll down for the latest updates:

6.07pm
Thank you for reading our live blog today. We will be back tomorrow at 6.30am.

5.49pm
Here’s a round-up of today’s developments:

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £750m to help the charity sector continue its vital work.
  • Implementation of plans to clean up Bristol’s air pollution is being pushed back in order to aid recovery of an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Premiership Rugby has today announced a further postponement of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season.
  • North Bristol food bank has seen an increase in numbers of 316 per cent in one month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The much-anticipated Nile Rodgers & CHIC summer concerts have been rescheduled for July 2021
  • Avon fire bosses have issued a warning after a spate of arson attacks in the region.

5.34pm
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £750m funding pot to help the voluntary sector.

Charities and organisations are stepping to the fore and doing vital work to help communities through the coronavirus outbreak – but they are more stretched than ever. Read how the pandemic is affecting Bristol’s charities here.

5.30pm
Yet more people across Bristol going the extra mile to show their appreciation for NHS workers:

5.03pm
Premiership Rugby has today announced a further postponement of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season.

The news follows an initial five-week suspension of all Gallagher Premiership matches and secondary competitions that was due to end on April 20.

At this stage, Premiership Rugby has not confirmed new dates, but stress that the intention still remains to play all games and complete the 2019/20 season as soon as it can be done safely.

Bristol Bears currently sit third in the Premiership table after 13 games.

4.47pm
A household in Knowle is going the extra mile to show appreciation for the NHS.

Grace Palmer spotted the flashing lights in honour of those working on the frontline during the coronavirus outbreak.

She said: “It cheers me up so much, seeing this on my nightly rambles.”

3.58pm
Implementation of plans to clean up Bristol’s air pollution is being pushed back in order to aid recovery of an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here

It is now yet known when the proposed clean air plans will come into operation now. Photo by Martin Booth

2.40pm
Key workers are warned travel between Bristol Parkway and Newport are due to be affected by rail maintenance works over the Easter period.

Network Rail is carrying out improvements “to help to provide more resilient infrastructure and reliable services”.

Network Rail’s route director Mike Gallop said: “The railway continues to play a vital role as it helps key workers such as NHS staff, carers, shop workers plus many others get to their places of work and helps move thousands of tonnes of freight to help keep power stations going, petrol at the pumps, medicines available and supplies in our shops.

“To help keep the railway safely running we have to improve and maintain the railway including over the Easter period. I urge those that are making essential journeys to check before they travel.”

To find out the services affected, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/211606.aspx

1.48pm
An urgent call has been issued for businesses in the Bristol region to donate personal protective equipment and support for key workers.

12.37pm
North Bristol food bank has seen an increase in use of 316 per cent in one month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

During the week commencing March 23, volunteers provided emergency food parcels for 563 people. Read more about the battle to get food to those who need it most in Bristol here

Support the food bank via: northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

11.08am
The much-anticipated Nile Rodgers & CHIC summer concerts have been rescheduled for July 2021, Colston Hall has announced.

Existing ticket holders will be contacted directly and tickets remain valid for the new dates.

Todd Wills, artistic director at Bristol Music Trust, said: “During the redevelopment of Colston Hall we have still been running a full programme of music across the city. It has been a tricky time having to reschedule or cancel much of that programme and disappoint our audience, so to be able to get the rescheduled dates agreed so quickly with Nile Rodgers and his team is a ray of light and something to really look forward to.”

10.55am
A team at Southmead Hospital is working with researchers across the UK in an attempt to find a cure for the coronavirus. Read the full story here

10am:
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) bosses say they are disappointed at those carrying out “mindless cases of arson” during a global emergency.

Crews across the region have attended 58 deliberate fires since the Government asked people to stay at home on Monday, March 23.

Simon Shilton, the brigade’s assistant chief fire officer, said: “It is so disappointing to see that at a time when we all need to be coming together to support one another, we still have people committing crimes and ruining our local communities.

“We often attend fires that are started deliberately that present significant risks, not only to those that start them and are around the area but to the crews that are sent to tackle them.

“Now more than ever we would urge people to not start a fire intentionally as it could have severe consequences. Not only is it a crime that can carry a significant sentence, but our crews would potentially be unable to get to another emergency.

“The service’s resources need to be available to respond to any fires in the home and support with humanitarian aid for vulnerable people in our communities.

“We are pleading with the public to support us to remove arson from our communities.”

9.24am
NHS volunteer responders are now on hand to help vulnerable people with essentials and support.

8.55am
A temporary site for van dwellers to live during the coronavirus pandemic is opening in Sea Mills on Wednesday.

Land at Portway Rugby Development Centre will offer 25 pitches to locate people who might need support, with those arriving provided with refreshments and support from Red Cross volunteers to access health advice. Read the full story here

8.10am
The vice-chancellor of UWE Bristol has said the temporary Nightingale hospital being built in the university’s exhibition and conference centre is coming on “at pace”.

Plans for the facility were revealed on Friday morning and are expected to be operational this month. Read the full story here

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:

  • 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.

Main photo by Lowie Trevena

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