Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, September 24

No new coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in Cornwall’s hospitals in today’s latest update from NHS England.

Nationally the deaths of a further 30 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,838.

Patients were aged between 18 and 101 years old. All but two had known underlying health conditions.

Their families have been informed.

Date of death ranges from September 17 to September 23, 2020.

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

Tuesday (September 22) saw the most recent coronavirus-related hospital death in Cornwall.

The patient died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which has now had 67 deaths.

Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust remains at 26, which makes a combined total of 93 hospital deaths.

The most recent update from the Office for National Statistics, issued on Tuesday, saw Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll remain at 210. This figure represents deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and in the community.

Tuesday’s latest figures relate to the week of September 5 to September 11, but were registered up to September 19.

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

Today’s confirmed cases update is yet to arrive due to a fault with the Public Health England website.

There were 20 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in yesterday’s update.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the local authority area now sits at 1,191, as of 4pm on Wednesday.

This represents a rate of 208.3 cases per 100,000 people, which remains one of the lowest in the country.

Across the UK there have now been 409,729 cases of the virus as of yesterday afternoon – a rise of 6,178 on the previous day.

This was the highest daily increase in confirmed cases nationwide since May 1.

In today’s coronavirus news:

The Government minister responsible for universities has issued a message to the students and residents of Falmouth and Penryn as students return to campus.

Michelle Donelan said it was a time where residents may feel nervous as students come to town amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Cornwall councillors have called for work to be done to plan how councillors will be able to meet in person again after having all meetings moved online during the coronavirus crisis.

A motion went to a meeting of full council on Tuesday afternoon which called for the “restoration of democratic processes” at County Hall.

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More than half of self-employed workers in Cornwall have claimed grants through an extended government scheme to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic, new figures reveal.

But the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed says businesses still “reeling” from the impact of Covid-19 need further support, as a second wave of the virus seems imminent.

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A coronavirus contact tracing app has launched across England and Wales following months of delay and questions about its effectiveness.

The latest version of the app has been in testing among residents on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham since mid-August, after the first was marred by technical issues and eventually scrapped.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has spoken out on speculation of a national lockdown taking place during Christmas.

Here’s the latest.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a ‘job support scheme’ as a replacement for furlough as part of the next phase of the Government’s economic response to coronavirus.

The furlough scheme, which was set up as a result of the national lockdown in the spring, will end on October 31.

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