People in Falmouth and the surrounding area have been urged to take extra care and “follow the rules” to prevent further spread of coronavirus after a sharp rise in cases in recent days.
There have been 97 new positive test results recorded in the seven days leading up to January 3, which represents the most recent figures. Data from the last five days is not shown due to being incomplete.
Falmouth is split into three ‘cluster areas’ on the Government dashboard map.
These shows that in the week leading up to January 3 Falmouth West & South record 36 cases (22 more than the previous week, at a rise of 157.1 per cent), Falmouth East recorded 32 cases (up by 26, a rise of 433.3 per cent) and Falmouth North had 29 (up 21, a rise of 262.5 per cent).
Neighbouring areas are also seeing a large rise in cases, with Penryn recording 24 (up by 13), while Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine recorded 43 cases (29 more than a week earlier).
Case clusters in the Falmouth area showing on the Government map
Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, said: “With the virus spreading quickly, people in Falmouth need to remember the basic guidance – wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when physical distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.
“Following these simple steps could make a significant difference in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and help protect you and your friends, colleagues and family from the virus.”
Rachel Wigglesworth, director of public health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “We are urging people in Falmouth to follow the rules and be mindful of how easily the virus can be spread.
“If you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of taste or smell, you must self-isolate and your household must continue to self-isolate while waiting for a test. You also must continue to isolate until you get your test results.
“Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate, along with all members of their household, whether they have symptoms or not.”