There has been another small rise in coronavirus cases in Cornwall in the last 24 hours.

There were 909 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since the start of the pandemic by Friday afternoon, but by yesterday afternoon that had risen by a further two.

It means that as of 3.57pm on Saturday there have been 911 cases in the local authority area and 298,681 in the UK as a whole – a rise of 767 on the previous day.

However, the number of deaths in Cornwall's hospitals remains the same today, remaining 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 earlier.

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

Nationally, a further nine people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,281.

Patients were aged between 36 and 89 years old. All had known underlying health conditions and their families have been informed.

No one from the south west has died in the last 24 hours.

A further three deaths have been reported as having no positive Covid-19 test result, but where the virus was recorded as a direct or underlying cause of death.

In today's coronavirus news:

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has provided many challenges, not least for the NHS.

For its part the UK Civil Air Patrol has risen to this challenge with the provision to the NHS of an express air transport delivery service in conjunction with the British Blood Bike despatch riders.

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A woman in Helston has been selling homemade masks from the end of her driveway to raise money for the local hospital.

Paula Julian, inspired by the demand for face coverings during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, started selling masks she had made a couple of weeks after lockdown began in the UK on March 23.

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Perspex screens and hazard warning tape are among several changes your child might see when they return to nursery in September.

Earlier this month (July) the government published its official advice for all nurseries and schools as it ordered them to prepare for a full opening this autumn. The advice set out its System of Controls, nine measures which nurseries and schools had to consider when re-opening.

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