There are two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today's latest update.

The figure for the local authority area is 996 as of 4pm on Friday, compared to 994 on Thursday.

Across the UK there have now been 342,351 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 1,940 on the previous day.

The rate of infection in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stands at 174.2 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the England average of 519.5.

Nationally, Friday's NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further 11 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,596.

Patients were aged between 48 and 95 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 2 August to 2 September 2020, with the majority on 2 September.

Their families have been informed.

No deaths were recorded in the south west as a whole.

There have been no hospital deaths in Cornwall since July 2.

The latest weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) information showed that there have been no rise in deaths this week, since one new death was registered in a care home in Cornwall in the week of August 8 and August 14, but where deaths were registered up to August 22.

The ONS has been collating data for deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

It meant that Cornwall's overall coronavirus death toll has rose to 210, a rise of one on the previous week's update, when the first increase since July 21 was confirmed.

In today's coronavirus news:

As concerns increase over the national Covid-19 testing systems, Cornwall Council has spoken out to reassure residents.

The council says it's working with health organisations to put in place emergency cover measures for people with symptoms who need a test and 5,000 tests a week are still being provided in Cornwall.

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Shoppers in Helston can continue to have free parking for their first hour throughout September.

The free parking scheme began in June when Meneage Street was shut to traffic for three weeks to aid social distancing.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has hailed the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme a 'success' - but just how many people took up the offer?

Figures have been released that detail exactly how many meals were eaten as part of the scheme in Cornwall during August.

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