Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Friday, October 9

There have been 40 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4pm today (Thursday) there have now been a total of 1,634 positive test results recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since the start of the pandemic.

This represents a rate of transmission in the region of 285.8 cases per 100,000 people, which while slowly rising is still relatively low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 575,679 – a rise of 13,864 cases on the previous day.

Last Friday and Saturday saw more than 35,000 new cases reported, although the government said results were “artificially high” due to a previous error.

The government website stated: “An issue was identified overnight on Friday, October 2 in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to Public Health England. It has now been resolved.

“The cases by publish date for October 3 and 4 include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between September 25 and October 2 — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK.”

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 56 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,379.

Patients were aged between 42 and 98 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from March 31 to October 8, 2020 with the majority being on or after October 2. Their families have been informed.

There were no deaths reported in the south west as a whole.

No deaths relating to coronavirus in Cornwall were registered in the most recent weekly period, latest Office for National Statistics figures reveal.

The latest figures from the ONS, which has been collating data for deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, relate to the week of September 19 to September 25, but were registered up to October.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll remains at 210.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

Despite a staff member receiving a positive test for coronavirus, a Wetherspoons pub in Penzance is remaining open.

The member of staff of the Tremenheere has gone into isolation following Monday’s positive result and 14 more of the team are now self-isolating.

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A fundraiser who is still recovering from coronavirus is continue with her plans to cycle from London to Paris, thanks to a colleague offering to share the ride on a tandem.

The pair are planning on completing the 237 mile ride next year to benefit the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

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Later today the chancellor is to unveil the next stage of support for businesses hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

As new restrictions are expected to be imposed on the hospitality sector on Monday, regional leaders are calling for further support to avoid lay offs.

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