Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Tuesday, September 1

Two further cases of coronavirus have been confirmed for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

The figure for the local authority area is now at 985 as of 4pm this afternoon, compared to 983 a day earlier.

Across the UK there have now been 337,168 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 1,295 on the previous day.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 172.3 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 517.3.

Nationally, Tuesday’s NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further nine people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,563.

The patients were between 71 and 92 years old. All but one had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from August 6-31, 2020, with the majority on or after August 26.

The 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, released last Tuesday, showed that one new death had been registered in a care home in Cornwall.

The 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 August 8 and August 14, but were registered up to August 22.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll has risen 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:

A collaboration that has seen firefighters supporting their ambulance colleagues in more than 800 callouts has now come to an end after four months.

Back in April members of crews from Cornwall’s fire stations were brought in to give backup to overstretched paramedics and ambulance staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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