Coronavirus in Cornwall round up: Saturday, August 22

Today’s coronavirus figures for Cornwall and England have been published.

Two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the latest update, with the overall figure standing at 963 as of 4pm today, following no rise in Friday’s total.

Across the UK there have now been 324,601 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic – a rise of 1,288 in 24 hours.

The past week has seen the first death registered in Cornwall in almost a month.

This week’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) information, released on Tuesday, showed that one death had been registered in a care home in Cornwall.

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 August 1 to August 7, but were registered up to August 15.

It means that Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll has risen to 209, the first increase since July 21, when it rose by one.

There have been no hospital deaths in Cornwall since July 2. The total in that setting alone stands at 91.

Today’s national update from NHS England on the overall number of hospital deaths in England has still yet to be published this afternoon. This article will be updated when it arrives.

However, search data confirms that there have been no further deaths in the south west as a whole as of 4pm yesterday.

In other coronavirus news:

The potential growth rate of new coronavirus cases in the south west is now estimated to be above the national average and the highest in the UK – although in real terms of case numbers figures remain low.

In the weekly Friday update on its website, the government said that the current rate of reproduction – known as the R number – in the south west was now thought to sit between 0.8 and 1.1, while the growth rate was estimated at between -1 per cent and +2 per cent.

While most other regions of the UK are showing a predicted decline or static growth, the south west is one of only three – along with London and the North West – to be showing a positive increase.

Read the full story here.

On top of mountains, on board a Royal Yacht and even sat amongst llamas are just some of the wild and wonderful places in a new list showing unusual ways diners can enjoy the Eat Out to Help Out scheme – and making the cut is one in Cornwall.

HMRC has pulled together a list of unique places to eat in before the scheme ends on August 31.

Read the full story here.

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