Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Tuesday, October 6

There have been 23 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4pm today (Tuesday) there have now been a total of 1,530 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 267.6 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 530,113 – a rise of 14,542 cases on the previous day.

Friday and Saturday saw more than 35,000 new cases reported, although the government said results were “artificially high” due to a previous error.

The government website stated: “An issue was identified overnight on Friday, October 2 in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to Public Health England. It has now been resolved.

“The cases by publish date for October 3 and 4 include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between September 25 and October 2 — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK.”

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 50 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,226.

Patients were aged between 42 and 96 years old. All but four patients had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from October 1 to October 5, with the majority being on or after October 3. 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 19 to September 25, but were registered up to October.

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

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

A number of inspirational women from Helston area completed the ‘Virtual London Marathon’ last weekend, with creative interpretations involving cake, car parks and ‘cycling musketeers’.

Following the cancellation of the event last April, the women joined 43,000 people from 109 countries running the replacement event ‘virtually’, using a course of their choice rather than the capital’s streets whilst raising money for their chosen charities.

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Former staff members of Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion are behind a potential takeover of the building to be run by the community.

The pavilion, its restaurant and adjoining Gyllyngdune Gardens have been shut since the start of lockdown and did not reopen along with many other hospitality businesses at the start of July.

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Tesco has confirmed when it will re-introduce bagless delivery for online orders.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic the supermarket chain reintroduced carrier bags for all online orders “to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues”.

However, Tesco has now outlined plans to reinstate the option for bagless deliveries in order to reduce plastic consumption.

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