Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Saturday, October 17

The latest figures for positive coronavirus tests results in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been recorded and they show 27 new cases in the last 24 hours.

It means that as of 4.10pm today (Saturday) there have now been a total of 1,804 positive test results since the start of the pandemic.

The rate of transmission has now risen to 320.25 cases per 100,000 people, although this still remains relatively low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 705,428 – a rise of 16,171 cases on the previous day.

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, with the county’s first hospital death since September 22 reported on Saturday, October 10.

The death was recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on Thursday, October 8 but was only reported in the figures from NHS England last Saturday.

It took the total number of hospital deaths in Cornwall up to 94, with 68 of them recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and 26 at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust.

No deaths relating to coronavirus in Cornwall were registered in the most recent Office for National Statistics figures.

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 26 to October 2, but were registered up to October 10. As such, the most recent hospital death on October 8 is still not registered in the data and is likely to be added in Tuesday’s update.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll remains at 210 in the ONS figures.

Nationally a further 86 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,910.

Patients were aged between 44 and 99 years old. All except two (aged 62 and 79) had known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

NHS England said the dates of their deaths ranged from September 16 to October 16.

Four of the deaths were recorded in the south west region, but not in Cornwall.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

Helston has confirmed cases of coronavirus on the latest ‘cluster’ map for Cornwall.

It is one of a number of areas that has been added, along with the Mylor Bridge & Frogpool ‘cluster’ area.

Read the full story here.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a national lockdown for now, saying: “It makes no sense to lock down Cornwall.”

Mr Johnson used the county as an example of while the three-tier system was the right approach, pointing to the difference in case figures in different regions.

Read the full story here.

Falmouth is to get this year’s Remembrance events in the town underway next weekend – although there will be some major changes to how things are run.

Falmouth Town Council has been working with the Falmouth Royal Navy Association to plan this year’s programme, which due to the continuing coronavirus restrictions will see some elements cancelled or reduced in numbers.

Read the full story here.

Falmouth Packet | Truro