Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Wednesday, July 8

THE numbers of both coronavirus cases and hospital deaths in Cornwall have stayed static in the latest figures.

There have been no further deaths in hospitals related to coronavirus, with the total for Cornwall remaining at 91.

The Office for National Statistics has been collating data for hospitals, care homes and the wider community and its latest update on Tuesday confirmed that the total of deaths for Cornwall has risen by one to 205.

As of Wednesday there were 889 confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall, a figure which has not risen since Sunday.

The number of cases rose suddenly last week when ‘pillar two’ data – which includes tests done privately, by post, in care homes and at mobile testing centres – was included in the figures for the first time.

Across England a further 42 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,969.

Patients were aged between 22 and 100 years old. Six patients, aged between 60 and 94, had no known underlying health conditions, NHS England said.

Their families have been informed.

No death was recorded in the south west as a whole.

A further three people died in hospital nationally after not having a Covid-19 positive test result.

In today’s coronavirus news:

Rishi Sunak has warned that “hardship lies ahead”, but insisted that no-one will be left “without hope” as he announced an emergency package of measures to cope with the economic impact of coronavirus.

The Chancellor, in what amounts to a mini-budget, told MPs that the Government will do “all we can” to keep people in work.

Read the full story here.

The Cornwall councillor responsible for care homes has said that the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the problems with accessing it led to deaths from coronavirus.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for adult social care, made the comment after being asked a question at Tuesday’s (July 7) full council meeting.

Read the full story here.

Cornwall Council has revealed that its bill in tackling coronavirus has topped £74 million.

The latest figure was revealed at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday (July 7) after a councillor asked whether the Government had kept to a commitment to reimburse costs incurred by local authorities.

Read the full story here.

A Cornish museum and one of the most influential theatres in the region have been given a share of £33 million in a bid to keep them “afloat until the end of September.”

The Arts Council announced yesterday that it would be supporting 196 of its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs), via a short-term emergency fund.

Read the full story here.