Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Thursday, September 3

There are three new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

The figure for the local authority area is 994 as of 4pm on Thursday, compared to 991 on Wednesday.

Across the UK there have now been 340,411 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 1,735 on the previous day.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 173.8 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 519.5.

Nationally, Thursday’s NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further 15 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,585.

Date of death ranges from 27 March to 2 September 2020.

Their families have been informed.

No deaths were recorded in the south west as a whole.

There have been no hospital deaths in Cornwall since July 2.

The latest weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) information showed that there have been no rise in deaths this week, since one new death was registered in a care home in Cornwall in the week of August 8 and August 14, but where deaths were registered up to August 22.

The ONS has been collating data for deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

It meant that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll has rose to 210, a rise of one on the previous week’s update, when the first increase since July 21 was confirmed.

In today’s coronavirus news:

The Eden Project is making 169 “brilliant” people redundant.

The redundancies have been announced at the end of a six-week restructure brought about by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Truro City Council is set to look at whether the pedestrianisation of the city’s main streets should become more permanent.

Some of the main streets in the city centre have been closed to traffic at certain times since June to help reopen the city following the coronavirus lockdown.

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Employers across Cornwall and the south west have been urged to sign up to a new government scheme to help young people into work.

The £2billion Kickstart scheme has been designed to ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment have a future of opportunity and hope by creating quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK, helping to spur the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

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This week saw the end of a month-long government scheme to encourage people back out to restaurants, pubs and cafes thanks to 50 per cent off through the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme.

With so many of you going out to eat over the last few weeks, we asked readers on the Packet Newspapers Facebook page to highlight their pick of Cornwall’s businesses that have really got it just right when it comes to social distancing.

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