Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, October 1

There have been 5 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4.01pm today (Thursday) there have now been a total of 1,383 positive test results recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since the start of the pandemic.

This represents a rate of transmission in the region of 241.9 cases per 100,000 people, which while slowly rising is still low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 460,178 – a rise of 6,914 cases on the previous day.

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 44 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,049.

Patients were aged between 60 and 99 years old. All had known underlying health conditions. They died between September 18 to September 30, 2020. Their families have been informed.

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

No deaths relating to coronavirus in Cornwall were registered in the most recent weekly period, latest Office for National Statistics figures reveal.

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 12 to September 18, but were registered up to September 26.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll remains at 210.

The ONS data does not include the most recent death, confirmed last Tuesday by NHS England.

The patient died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which has now had 67 deaths. Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust remains at 26, making a combined total of 93 hospital deaths.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

Another iconic event has fallen victim to uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic – next year’s World Pilot Gig Championships in the Isles of Scilly have been cancelled.

Organisers say: “There is nothing on the horizon which gives us reasonable confidence that the championships can go ahead next year.”

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Almost 500 employees at a Cornish food factory have been tested for coronavirus after 170 cases were confirmed.

The council have said that the “vast majority of the cases” of staff at Pilgrim’s Pride in Pool who tested positive for the virus were not showing symptoms.

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There has been a warning that it may take Cornwall’s economy five years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The county had one of the highest number of people on the furlough scheme – but that is now coming to an end.

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