Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Wednesday, September 30

There have been 15 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4.10pm today (Wednesday) there have now been a total of 1,378 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 241 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 453,264 – a rise of 7,108 cases on the previous day.

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 43 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,005.

Patients were aged between 43 and 98 years old. All except one (aged 72) had known underlying health conditions. Date of death ranges from 22 August to 29 September 2020 with the majority being on or after 24 September. 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 12 to September 18, but were registered up to September 26.

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

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

The patient died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which has now had 67 deaths. Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust remains at 26, making a combined total of 93 hospital deaths.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

A Falmouth councillor has spoken out about her anger with the government over the return of students to Falmouth amid her concern over the spread of coronavirus.

“Now the entirely predictable has occurred,” says Jayne Kirkham, Cornwall councillor for Falmouth’s Smithick division.

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Eight pubs in the Helston, Lizard and Falmouth area are joining together to give locals another chance at discounted meals throughout October.

It follows on from the government scheme ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ which supported pubs as lockdown lifted – but this time the pubs are offering the 20 per cent discount themselves.

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Cornwall Council has agreed to bail out leisure centres in the county with loans, following their enforced closures in lockdown.

However, Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion will not be supported until the theatre and restaurant are viable to re-open – likely, next spring.

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