A further two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as the government's official R number for the south west also rises today.

Newly updated data on the government website today states that the current rate of reproduction, known as the R number, in the south west is now at between 0.8 and 1.1.

It means that for every one person with the infection a further 0.8 to 1.1 people are likely to go on to be infected.

It is on par with the south west and roughly average for must of the rest of the UK.

Read more here: Official south west R number rises in government update (and could be higher)

The latest case figures from the government show that as of 6.49pm yesterday there had been a total of 927 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the local authority area since the start of the pandemic - a rise of two on the previous day, which in turn had seen two new cases.

In total there have been 302,301 confirmed cases of the virus in the UK, with a rise of 846 in the 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday evening.

However, the number of deaths in Cornwall's hospitals remains the same today, staying at 91 where it has sat since July 2.

There are also no new deaths reported in the south west as a whole.

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 there had been no increase in the overall total of 208.

The ONS figures relate to deaths in the week of July 11 and July 17, but were registered up to July 25.

Nationally, a further nine people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,338.

Patients were aged between 73 and 92 years old, and all had known underlying health conditions apart from one (aged 75). Their families have been informed.

Five deaths have also been reported by NHS England where there was no positive Covid-19 test result, but the virus had been documented as a direct or underlying cause on the death certificate.

In today's coronavirus news:

The further easing of lockdown restrictions in England due on August 1 has been postponed for at least two weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Businesses and venues that were set to reopen on August 1 will now not reopen/resume until August 15 at the earliest, and there has been updated information on face coverings.

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The rate of new cases of coronavirus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has more than doubled in a week, the latest figures show - although the actual number of cases still remain low compared to other parts of the country.

It comes from data published yesterday, showing the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority in England.

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A Government minister has said he will consider requests made by Cornwall Council for more funds to help businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis and for cash to replace EU funding.

Simon Clarke, minister for regional growth and local government, has been in Cornwall this week on what he said was a “listening exercise" - and used the visit to announce £1.9million of extra funding for small businesses which includes £500,000 for Cornwall.

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All of Truro's public conveniences have been reopened.

During the lockdown Truro City Council took the decision to keep the public conveniences open on the Green (bus station), The Leats, Boscawen Park and Victoria Gardens, to ensure delivery drivers, key workers and others caught-short had somewhere to spend a penny - and has now extended that list.

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