Coronavirus in Cornwall round up – Thursday, August 6

Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, according to the latest figures.

There were 933 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in the local authority area as of 10.39pm on Tuesday, with that figure rising by two to 935 as of 4.10pm yesterday.

There have now been 307,184 cases of the virus across the UK – an increase of 892 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. Sunday marked exactly one month since the last recorded coronavirus death in Cornwall hospitals.

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 relate to deaths in the week of July 11 and July 17, but were registered up to July 25.

Nationally a further five people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,376.

Patients were aged between 45 and 86 years old and all had known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

No deaths have been reported in the south west in the last 24 hours.

Three 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 direct or underlying cause on the death certificate.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 163 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 470.

In today’s coronavirus news:

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly saw one of the smallest increases in excess deaths in the UK when at the peak of its coronavirus infection, new analysis shows – but still experienced substantially more deaths than normal.

The King’s Fund think tank said the coronavirus has exposed the “widening health divide” in the UK, after Office for National Statistics figures revealed every part of the country had seen an increase in deaths.

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Helston Town Council will be holding its first open market of the year at the Monument next Thursday (August 13) between 10am and 2pm.

Although the layout has had to be adjusted to allow for social distancing, there will be a range of merchandise on offer, including handmade cards and handmade scented soaps, fused glass and baked goods.

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Pharmacy chain Boots has opened the booking system for winter flu vaccinations early due to high demand.

The company say that so far, more than 80,000 people have registered with their winter flu jab service – which also aims to help relieve pressure on the NHS.

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