There are now 25 areas of Cornwall showing as Covid clusters with at least three cases, compared to just two a week ago.
It’s as the Duchy experiences a huge spike in cases, which have risen from 32 recorded over seven days to now seeing 342 across the same period in the space of a week.
The areas with the biggest weekly jumps are the St Ives and Carbis Bay area, Falmouth and its surrounding villages.
Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay has gone from two cases recorded in a week to 15, and St Ives & Halsetown to 36 cases, also from two in the previous week.
Falmouth as a combined town now has 67 weekly cases, compared to only six recorded in the previous seven days: Falmouth East (30, up 28), Falmouth North (30, up 28), Falmouth West & South (7, up five)
Neighbouring town Penryn has gone from two cases to 14, while Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine has the highest number of cases as a single cluster area, rising from two to 55 in the space of a week.
These relate to cases recorded in the seven days leading up to last Friday, June 11 – the most recent data given on the government’s dashboard map – meaning any new cases recorded since then will not be showing yet.
However, Cornwall Council’s public health department has taken the unusual step of releasing more up-to-date information, which goes up to yesterday (Tuesday, June 16).
This shows in the five days between June 10 and June 15 there were 467 positive cases recorded. This included 106 on June 13 – more on a single day than there were for the whole of May.
It has also explained how the spike started.
The full list of clusters now on the map is: Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay (15, up 13); St Ives & Halsetown (36, up 34); Marazion, St Erth & Gwinear Gwithian (4, up two); Hayle (6, up four); The Lizard (3, up one); Helston (3, up one); Crowan, Wendron & Stithians (7, up five); Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine (55, up 53); Falmouth East (30, up 28); Falmouth North (30, up 28); Falmouth West & South (7, up five); Penryn (14, up 12); Pool & Illogan Highway (5, up three); Camborne East (9, up seven); Illogan & Portreath (8, up six); Redruth South (3, up one); Truro East (3, up one) Mevagissey & Polgooth (3, up one); St Austell East & Carlyon Bay (3, up one); Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert (6, up four); Newquay West;(15, up 13); Newquay East (15, up 13); St Columb Minor & Porth (14, up 12); St Columb Major & St Mawgan (11, up six); Altarnun & Stoke Climsland (3, up one).
Of two clusters showing last Wednesday, St Columb Major & St Mawgan remains on the map while Bodmin East has dropped back off.
The continued rise in cases means Cornwall has been raised into a higher level on the map, to dark green as opposed to light green – two levels up from the bottom one of yellow.
There was a total of 342 cases recorded across the seven days leading up to June 11 – that is 310 more than had been recording during the preceding week, representing a 969.8% increase.
The most recent five days are not shown due to incomplete data.
The rolling rate of cases now averages 59.8 cases per 100,000, compared to 5.8 cases per 100,000 people last Wednesday.
Clusters are only shown on the government’s dashboard map when there are three or more new cases reported at any one time.
Anywhere with between zero and two cases shows white in order to “protect the privacy of individuals and prevent disclosure”, the accompanying information states.
It means that while there may also have been the odd case reported in other areas, it would not be enough to make them show up on the map.
The map shows positive cases by ‘Middle Super Output Area’ – the name the government gives to the break-up of larger towns and groups of neighbouring towns and villages, with groupings covering a greater area than others.
The minimum population in each area is 5,000 and the average is 7,200.