Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Friday, September 18

There have been eight new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the last 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the local authority area now sits at 1,086 as of 3.51pm today.

This represented a rate of 189.9 cases per 100,000 people, which still remains one of the lowest in the country.

Across the UK there have now been 385,936 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 4,322 on the previous day.

Today’s figures from NHS England regarding the number of new coronavirus-related deaths in the country have been confirmed and show no rise for Cornwall’s hospitals.

Last Friday (September 11) saw the first coronavirus-related hospital death in Cornwall recorded since July 2.

The patient died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which has now had 66 deaths.

Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust remains at 26, which makes a new combined total of 92 hospital deaths.​

The most recent update from the Office for National Statistics, issued last Tuesday prior to the latest death, put Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll at 210. This figure represents deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and in the community.

Nationally the deaths of a further 14 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,719.

The patients were aged between 41 and 93 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 9 September to 17 September 2020, with the majority on or after 15 September.

Their families have been informed.

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

In today’s coronavirus news:

Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning refused to rule out the possibility of a second national lockdown despite a rise in cases of coronavirus.

Speaking on Sky News, he said: “A national lockdown is the last line of defence and we want to use local action.”

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Hundreds have responded to Cornwall Council’s appeal to share experiences of the government’s Covid-19 testing service.

Councillor Sally Hawken, portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, said: “It’s clear from the sheer volume of responses that the system isn’t working, and I’m deeply concerned that people in Cornwall are suffering as a result.”

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Two people who helped communities in Cornwall during the Covid-19 pandemic are having their good work recognised by having their names added to the side of a train.

Foodbank champion Don Gardner and teenage fundraising hero Kieron Griffin have been chosen as BBC Make a Difference Superstars.

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