Author: Anne North

Cornwall’s frontline Covid-19 health and care workers today received only one third of the protective equipment they had asked for – “lives are being put at risk” says County Hall

By Anne North Cornwall has received only one third of the protective equipment needed for health and care workers, according to Cornwall Council. Whitehall’s attempt to co-ordinate and distribute...

Cornwall’s GPs embrace the “Dunkirk spirit” as they appeal for tents, marquees and shipping containers to open a second front against Covid-19

By Anne North Doctors in Cornwall have launched an appeal for large tents or marquees, or shipping containers, so that they can set up mobile consulting rooms – and...

All that glitters is not gold – why the government’s write-off of Cornwall’s £42.5 million health “debt” might not be all it is promised

By Anne North Health chiefs in Cornwall are waiting for more details of the £42.5 million “debt write-off” promised by the government as part of its response to the...

10,000 small businesses in Cornwall get £116 million Covid-19 emergency cash in only two days

By Anne North Nearly 10,000 firms have received a total of £116 million in Covid-19 business support grants handled by Cornwall Council. It has been a remarkable first week...

Cornwall’s newspapers shed journalists after Covid-19 triggers sharp downturn in advertising revenue

By Anne North The company which publishes most of Cornwall’s local newspapers is to put a fifth of its journalists on unpaid leave and cut the pay of all...

Cornwall’s new £450 million acute hospital to be delayed, as cash goes to the Covid-19 Nightingale hospitals – and to the private sector

By Anne North The Conservatives' pre-election promise of £450 million to build a new acute hospital in Cornwall has been put on hold because of the Covid-19 crisis. The...

County Hall accepts the idea of rescheduled council tax payments

By Anne North The Liberal Democrat-Independent controlled Cornwall Council appears to have accepted a Conservative plan to let people delay payment of their council tax bills, because of the...

Another six Covid-19 deaths at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

By Anne North Another six patients have died from Covid-19 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, bringing the current toll to at least 16. A spokesperson for the hospital...

A very unusual Easter: Covid-19 means no lifeguards on Cornwall’s beaches

By Anne North The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has withdrawn its lifeguarding service on Cornwall’s beaches because of the Covid-19 crisis. Lifeguard cover for many of Cornwall’s beaches would...

Cornwall’s health chiefs: “Don’t bring your minor injuries to Truro – we need to focus on Covid-19”

By Anne North Truro’s minor injury patients have been told to go to Camborne-Redruth instead of the emergency department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, as Cornwall’s only acute facility...

Cornwall now has 69 confirmed cases of Covid-19

By Anne North Cornwall now has 69 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, five more than yesterday (Sunday.) There are no new reports of any more Covid-19 deaths, leaving...

Covid-19: We’re going bust, say Cornwall’s businesses, as 40% say they may not survive a month

By Anne North The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on Cornwall’s economy, according to research by the Local Enterprise Partnership. An ongoing online survey of businesses has...

Truro New Town: historic land deal finally crosses the line

By Anne North Cornwall Council has finally completed its £36 million land deal to build Truro New town, on 100 acres of prime farmland at Langarth to the west...

Nearly 50,000 say “don’t bail out Branson” as tycoon’s Virgin Atlantic prepares to seek taxpayer support

By Anne North Nearly 50,000 people have already rushed to sign a petition calling on the government not to rescue Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline. Mr Branson, who was...

Covid-19 halts work on the Hall for Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 has halted renovation work on the Hall for Cornwall, posing a question mark over whether it will re-open this year. A post on the Hall’s...

“Calm before the storm” – the eerie quiet in Cornwall’s hospitals

By Anne North There are signs that the Covid-19 crisis has brought some relief – albeit only temporary – to the Accident and Emergency unit at the Royal Cornwall...

Seven days in Cornwall sees Covid-19 go from 10 cases to 37

By Anne North There has been a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 Coronavirus cases confirmed in Cornwall - up from 25 on Monday, to 37 today (Wednesday.)...

No surfing, says Surf England – as police continue their patrols to keep people indoors

By Anne North People should not go surfing during the current Covid-19 pandemic, according to the sport’s governing body. Surf England has postponed events due to have been held...

Cornwall now has 30 confirmed Covid-19 cases

By Anne North Cornwall has now recorded 30 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, an increase of five on the previous day.  The number has increased by 10 in...

Stay indoors or crackdown will get worse, and last longer, warns St Austell & Newquay MP – as police challenge people they find outside

By Anne North The St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has warned that the lockdown on individual movement will be “harder and longer” unless people obey the Prime...