Coronavirus in Cornwall round up – Saturday, August 8

The latest coronavirus figures for Cornwall have been published – and not much has changed.

As of 4pm yesterday there had been no rise in the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with the figure for the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic remaining at 939.

Yesterday both the Cornwall case rate and R number for the south west were published for the previous week.

They showed that the rate of new cases of coronavirus in Cornwall has fallen, with less than half the number of new cases recorded than in the seven days previously.

The official government estimate for the R (reproduction) number in the south west was also on a par with the rest of England – although it warned the actual figure was likely to be higher, with scientists at Cambridge University estimating that the south west was the region most likely to see an R number above one.

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There have now been 309,005 cases of the virus across the UK – an increase of 871 on the previous day.

The number of deaths in Cornwall’s hospitals remains the same today, staying at 91 where it has sat since July 2.

Last week the Office for National Statistics, which has been collating numbers for all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, confirmed there had been no increase in the overall total of 208.

The most recent ONS figures available relate to deaths in the week of July 11 and July 17, but were registered up to July 25.

Nationally a further 15 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,401.

Patients were aged between 67 and 100 years old. All bar one (aged 91) had known underlying health conditions and their families have been informed.

Twelve deaths have also been reported by NHS England where there was no positive Covid-19 test result, but the virus had been documented as a suspected direct or underlying cause on the death certificate.

In today’s coronavirus news:

The rate of new cases of coronavirus in Cornwall has fallen in the past week with less than half the number of new cases recorded than in the seven days previously.

The latest data from the government shows the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority in England.

Read the full story here.

Extinction Rebellion has answered the question of whether it is safe to be engaging in protests during a pandemic.

It is after the group announced hundreds of people were preparing to stage ‘non-violent protests’ in Cornwall this month before heading to London.

Read the full story here.

Energy regulator Ofgem is to cut bills for 15 million households across the UK from the autumn.

Officials said the new cap would pass on savings from lower energy prices to many households that are suffering economic hardship during the pandemic.

Read the full story here.