The latest Government coronavirus data shows that cases in Cornwall continue to increase. While far from the numbers seen two months ago, the worrying spike in cases comes as schools reopen for all pupils.
In the latest seven-day period for which records are published – up to March 13 – there were 91 coronavirus cases in Cornwall, an increase of 21 on the previous week. The week ending March 11 had seen cases rise for the first time in 10 weeks – since the week ending January 7.
It came in the week when all pupils and students returned to schools and colleges, with those in secondary schools and colleges encouraged to take frequent rapid flow testing.
Three educational establishments across Cornwall have confirmed this week that individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Confirming the coronavirus cases, Ingrid Bennett, headteacher at Lanivet School said:“ We have two confirmed and two suspected cases of coronavirus at Lanivet School. Two bubbles are self-isolating and we are expecting all our pupils back on Monday. We trust that our swift action has nipped this situation in the bud and we continue to monitor this situation closely.
“Lanivet School will continue to follow the advice given by our Public Health Team and hope that all our pupils will be able to enjoy their last two weeks of the spring term learning at school.
“The school is very grateful to the supportive community at this time.”
The positive test from Bodmin College will be included in tomorrow’s update, while the Truro College case will have already come off the data having occurred previous to the last seven days. It’s not known when the individuals at Lanivet Primary School tested positive.
There were 58 of these cases are in areas where there are fewer than three cases, meaning that the Government doesn’t reveal the numbers in those areas. This means that there could be between 29 and 58 areas of Cornwall (out of a total of 73) with either one or two coronavirus cases.
Where there are more than two cases, the Government classifies it as a coronavirus cluster. Currently, Launceston has the largest outbreak with nine cases, while Camborne West has five cases, Redruth South report four cases in addition to Crowan Wendron and Stithians, Dobwalls, Addington and Menheniot, Helston, St Austell East and Carlyon Bay and St Just and Land’s End all have three cases each.
Coronavirus cases in Cornwall – week ending March 13.
Areas with three or more cases (clusters): Total of 33
Launceston – 9 cases
Camborne West – 5 cases
Redruth South – 4 cases
Crowan, Wendron & Stithians – 3 cases
Dobwalls, Addington & Menheniot – 3 cases
Helston – 3 cases
St Austell East & Carlyon Bay – 3 cases
St Just & Land’s End – 3 cases
Areas with fewer than three cases: Total of 58
Altarnun & Stoke Climsland
Bude & Stratton
Callington & Pensilva
Camelford & Tresmeer
Crackington & Tintagel
Falmouth West & South
Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert
Gunnislake & Calstock
Illogan & Portreath
Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield
Lanreath, Pelynt & Polraun
Looe & Polperro
Lostwithiel & Penwithick
Marazion, St Erth & Gwinear Gwithian
Mevagissey & Polgooth
Mylor Bridge & Frogpool
Padstow & St Issey
Penzance South & Newlyn
Perranporth & Goonhavern
Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine
Pool & Illogan Highway
Porthleven, Breage & Praa Sands
Poundstock & Kilkhampton
Probus & Roseland
Roche & Goss Moor
Saltash Latchbrook & St Stephens
Saltash Town & Pillmere
Shortlanesend, Chacewater & Carnon Downs
St Agnes & Mount Hawke
St Austell Central
St Austell North & Carclaze
St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet
St Columb Major & St Mawgan
St Columb Minor & Porth
St Day & Lanner
St Germans & St Mellion
St Ives & Halsetown
St Neot & St Cleer
Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay
Trebetherick & Whitecross
Trewoon, Coombe & Foxhole
Truro South & Central
Tywardreath & Fowey
West Penwith & St Buryan