Covid in Cornwall round up: Saturday, October 10 – new death recorded

Another person has died in Cornwall after testing positive for coronavirus.

It is the first hospital death in the county since September 22.

The death was recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro on Thursday, but has only been reported in the figures from NHS England today.

It takes the total number of hospital deaths in Cornwall up to 94, with 68 of them recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and 26 at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust.

The Office for National Statistics also records weekly figures on the number of new deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

In the most recent update on Tuesday, which related to deaths in the week of September 19 to September 25, but registered up to October, there had been no new deaths recorded, meaning Cornwall’s overall coronavirus death toll at that time remained at 210.

The latest death in Cornwall is the only one to be reported in the south west today.

Nationally a further 60 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,439.

Patients were aged between 41 and 93 years old. All but five (aged 72-86) had known underlying health conditions.

Their families have been informed.

NHS England said the dates of the deaths range from March 30 to October 9, with the majority on or after October 7.

The latest data on the number of new cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the past 24 hours has now been updated this evening.

There have been 20 new positive cases recorded, meaning that as of 8.28pm today there had been a total of 1,654 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 289.3 cases per 100,000 people, which while rising is still relatively low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK there has been a rise of 15,166 cases, taking the total of 590,844. 

Last Friday and Saturday saw more than 35,000 new cases reported in the UK, although the government said results were “artificially high” due to a previous error.

The government website stated: “An issue was identified overnight on Friday, October 2 in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to Public Health England. It has now been resolved.

“The cases by publish date for October 3 and 4 include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between September 25 and October 2 — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK.”

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