Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, August 27

Six further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

The figure for the local authority area is now at 979 as of 4pm this afternoon, compared to 973 a day earlier.

Across the UK there have now been 330,368 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 1,522 on the previous day.

It is the highest daily rise in UK coronavirus cases since June 12.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 171.2 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 507.2.

The latest weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) information, released on Tuesday, shows that one death has been registered in a care home in Cornwall.

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 August 8 and August 14, but were registered up to August 22.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll has risen to 210, a rise of one on the previous week’s update, when the first increase since July 21 was confirmed.

There have been no hospital deaths in Cornwall since July 2.

Nationally, Thursday’s NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further seven people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,531.

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

In today’s coronavirus news:

The Green Truro Festival is to go ahead, despite the coronavirus pandemic – but it will look a little different this year.

Although the Lemon Quay event will not be held, from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20, pop-up activities will take place in the city’s woodlands and green spaces.

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The council chamber and committee rooms at County Hall could remain empty until 2021 with councillors being forced to continue meeting online.

No Cornwall Council meetings or committee meetings have been held in person since March when lockdown was put in place.

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Small businesses across Cornwall are being urged to claim around £33m of unpaid emergency coronavirus grant support – before the deadline of Friday, August 28.

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