Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, July 16

BOTH the number of coronavirus hospital deaths and confirmed cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have remained static in the latest figures to be released by the health authorities.

The number of cases remained at 899 on Wednesday night, the same as it was on Sunday – bar an unexplained drop to 898 on Monday.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 158 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 448.

The number of hospital deaths in Cornwall due to coronavirus remains at 91.

That figure has not risen since July 2, when one new death was recorded after exactly a month of no increases.

Across England a further 19 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,144.

Patients were aged between 52 and 91 years old. All patients had known underlying health conditions. 

Their families have been informed.

There were no further deaths across the south west as a whole.

On Tuesday the Office for National Statistics, which has been collating weekly data for hospitals, care homes and the wider community, confirmed that the overall number of deaths for Cornwall had risen by two compared to a week previous, to 207.

In today’s coronavirus news:

Eight sport and leisure centres in Cornwall are to reopen this month, including Helston – but five will continue to remain shut.

In a joint statement, Cornwall Council and GLL, which operates the centres on the council’s behalf, have announced plans for reopening.

Read the full story here.

Senior Cornwall councillors will consider next week how it will plug the gap in its finances created by the response to coronavirus.

The council has said it expects the total impact of Covid-19 on its finances to top £74 million but this will be spread across different financial years.

Read the full story here.

Truro Cathedral has introduced a booking system as it opens up following coronavirus restrictions.

The first service following lockdown was held on Sunday, July 5, following strict guidelines.

Read the full story here.

A Cornish MP has branded Cornwall Council as “simply pathetic” after a row blew up over grants being provided to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the full story here.