A map that shows the location of clusters of coronavirus cases has revealed that there have been 52 positive tests in Cornwall in a week, with three areas having three or more infections.
The Government-operated coronavirus dashboard map shows a significant spike in cases in the area of Kingsand, Antony and Maryfield in south east Cornwall, with 21 cases reported. The area currently has the largest amount of positive tests in one area throughout the Devon and Cornwall region.
The figures refer to the period between September 7 and September 13.
The map, which highlights areas where there are three or more positive tests in a specific time period, shows three currently active clusters of coronavirus infection in Cornwall with Redruth North and the St Germans and St Mellion areas joining Kingsand, Antony and Maryfield in having more than two coronavirus infections.
It reports there are currently four coronavirus positive tests in Redruth North, three for St Germans and St Mellion, which is adjacent to the Kingsand, Antony and Maryfield area that has 21 cases.
The cases reported in Kingsand, Antony and Maryfield shows a sharp increase of cases in the 24 hours between September 12 and 13 with 13 additional positive cases representing 40% of Cornwall’s total.
Cornwall’s increase in coronavirus cases follows a national trend of a spike in positive tests in recent weeks amid claims of testing chaos across the country. There have also been claims of a shortage of capacity to process tests and people being sent hundreds of miles to get a test.
Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, called on the Government to take urgent action to resolve issues around testing in Cornwall, saying: “Cornwall Council wants Government to make urgent changes to the testing programme to make it easier for any residents to access a test.”