Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Friday, July 3

No further coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Cornwall’s hospitals over the past 24 hours following an increase of one yesterday.

Thursday’s figures from NHS England reported that one further person had died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust after being confirmed as having Covid-19.

It was the first new death in exactly a month in the county.

Read more: Coronavirus in Cornwall – First hospital death in four weeks is recorded

Today’s figures show no further rise in deaths in Cornwall’s hospitals, or in the south west as a region.

It means that the total number of deaths recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust sits at 65, with the total for the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust remaining at 26, giving a total of 91 for Cornwall.

The NHS England figures, however, only cover deaths in hospitals.

The most recent figures for deaths in all settings in Cornwall – hospitals, care homes and the wider community – from the Office for National Statistics was 203.

Nationally a further 38 people who tested positive for the Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,832.

Patients were aged between 33 and 96 years old. Two patients, aged 50 and 69, had no known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

There are also nine deaths recorded where there had been positive test result for the virus, but where Covid-19 is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death.

Today it was also revealed that the number of confirmed reported cases of coronavirus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has jumped by almost 300, seemingly overnight.

Read more: Cornwall coronavirus cases rise by almost 300 in 24 hours

When the figures were updated by Public Health England yesterday evening they rose to 882, from 595 the previous day.

This was due to a discrepancy in the way the Government reported the figures of new cases previously.

In today’s coronavirus news:

Tourists will be warned that if they fall ill with coronavirus while visiting Cornwall and are unable to return home they will have to pay to remain in their accommodation for 14 days.

It is just one piece of advice which has been included on an information pack which will be issued to all accommodation providers ahead of them being able to open this weekend.

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Cornwall could see up to 80,000 tourists coming into the county from this weekend as businesses open for the first time since lockdown.

Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell said on Thursday that it was expected there could be between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors coming to Cornwall and this was expected to rise in the coming weeks to 100,000.

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Deaths in Cornwall fell below normal levels in May following a spike the previous month, official figures show.

But as mortality rates across the country begin to return to pre-pandemic levels, a leading behavioural scientist has warned an imminent reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule is a “disaster waiting to happen”.

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Cornwall councillors have launched a campaign to try to save the coach tour industry which is under “severe threat” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A motion is set to go before Cornwall Council’s full meeting on Tuesday urging councillors to lobby the government to help coach tour operators, which employ 42,000 people and contribute £6 billion to the UK economy.

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