THE number of cases of coronavirus in Cornwall has risen by four to 907 since Wednesday, but there have been no new deaths due to the virus in the latest figures to be published.

NHS England's daily update confirmed that the number of deaths in hospitals remained at 91, where it has stood since July 2.

Earlier this week the Office for National Statistics, which has been collating numbers for all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community confirmed an increase in the overall total to 208, having been at 207 seven days previous.

The ONS figures relate to deaths in the week of July 4 and July 10, but were registered up to July 18.

Today's NHS England figures show that, across England, a further 16 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,247.

Patients were aged between 58 and 104 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

Their families have been informed.

There were no further deaths registered in the south west as a whole.

As of Thursday at 4pm there had been 907 confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

A week ago the total stood at 899.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 159 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 456.

In today's coronavirus news:

From today (Friday, July 24) face masks must be worn in all shops and supermarkets across England - and there are fines of up to £100 for those that don't comply.

In addition, it has been confirmed that this includes shops that provide takeaway food and drink.

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Responding to the new law concerning the wearing of face masks, Devon and Cornwall Police say that they are adopting an "educate, engage and encourage" approach, with enforcement as a final option.

Assistant chief constable Glen Mayhew said: “Covid has not gone away and the responsibility for wearing a face covering sits with an individual."

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The new law has already seen surgeries being asked to provide letters that exempt people from wearing face masks - but in fact, official letters are not required.

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