Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Monday, September 21

There have been 37 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly over the last 24 hours.

This follows yesterday’s 26 case rise, which was the highest daily increase recorded in the area since April 30, when 26 cases were also registered.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the local authority area now sits at 1,158, as of 4pm today.

This represents a rate of 202.5 cases per 100,000 people, which still remains one of the lowest in the country.

Across the UK there have now been 398,625 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 4,368 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.

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 combined total of 92 hospital deaths.​

The most recent update from the Office for National Statistics, issued last Tuesday, 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 ten 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 29,757.

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

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In today’s coronavirus news:

The UK could be facing about 50,000 new Covid-19 cases a day by mid-October, leading to 200 deaths a day a month later if the current rate of infection is not halted, the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has warned.

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Tourism minister Nigel Huddleston has praised the tourism industry in Cornwall and Devon but was unable to pledge further support to help them recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Huddleston was at the Eden Project on Friday – one of those which have been hit by Covid-19 and having to shed the equivalent of 150 full time jobs.

He was in the Duchy to hear what impact coronavirus has had on the tourism industry and how it has responded.

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Medical experts have published advice on how to spot the difference between the symptoms of coronavirus and the common cold.

The current Government guidance states anyone with symptoms of coronavirus can get a test, with the main effects listed as a high temperature, a new and continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted there is not enough testing capacity after demand “massively accelerated” in recent weeks, with the UK seeing a spike in infection rates.

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