Concern over Covid-19 cases across Cornwall

From Cornwall Council:

Cases of Covid-19 are rising rapidly in Cornwall sparking concern from the Council’s Director of Public Health.

It comes as the nation prepares to hear the outcome of the latest tier review by the Government this week.

The most recent data shows:

  • The Covid-19 infection rate has risen from 70.3 to 96.2 per 100,000 in the past seven days
  • Case detection rate in the over 60s has risen to 47.1 per 100,000
  • Cases overall have risen by 551 (44%) in the last seven days
  • Test positivity rate risen to 5.4% (from 3.1%)
  • Many confirmed cases were in workplaces and hospitality settings

Cllr Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The Public Health team and I are increasingly concerned by the speed with which the virus is spreading in Cornwall and urge everyone to play their part in bringing this back under control.

“The ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message is still our best weapon in the fight with Covid-19 so please remember to 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 all of us and save lives.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Covid-19 is moving quickly from household to household and we are urging people to follow the rules and be mindful of how easily the virus can be spread.

“If you have any of the main 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.”

For more information on the rules and guidance visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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