Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, July 30

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

As of 4.03pm on Wednesday there had been 925 confirmed coronavirus cases in the local authority area, a rise of two on the previous day.

Cases have risen to 301,455 in the UK as a whole – a rise of 763 on the previous day.

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

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

Nationally, a further 12 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have now died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,329.

Patients were aged between 40 and 96 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

Their families have been informed.

There have been no further deaths in the south west as a whole in the last 24 hours.

A further four people died where there was no positive test result but where the virus was documented as a direct or underlying cause of death.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 162.8 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 464.

In today’s coronavirus news:

Almost 50 more deaths were recorded in Cornwall in June than a year ago as lockdown was eased in England, official figures show.

A new report is calling for “intense preparations” to ready the NHS for winter, with fears a second coronavirus wave could lead to 120,000 deaths nationally.

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People who test positive for coronavirus or display symptoms must now self-isolate for 10 days.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned of a “second wave starting to roll across Europe”.

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The Packet asked its readers to send us their pictures of gardens transformed during lockdown – and here are the results.

With many people spending a lot more time at home over the past few months – and with plenty of dry weather in April and May – it was a prime time to spruce up your outdoors spaces.

And it seems that many people did just that.

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A 16th century castle across the water from Falmouth is to be reopened to visitors.

St Mawes Castle closed in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but is one of 40 English Heritage sites that will be welcoming visitors again during August.

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