One new case of coronavirus in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been confirmed in the last 24 hours.

The rise brings the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the local authority area up to 999 as of 3.56pm on Saturday, compared to 998 the previous day.

Across the UK there have now been 347,152 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 2,988 on the previous day.

This signals the highest daily rise in infections since 4,052 cases were recorded on May 27, although caution should be made when comparing past case statistics given the daily fluctuation in the number of tests being processed.

Nationally, Sunday's NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further three people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,607.

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:

The number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the last seven days has fallen across Cornwall and Devon – except in Plymouth where they have almost doubled.

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The National Trust has launched a major fundraising drive after finances were hit hard by the nationwide lockdown earlier this year.

The organisation is appealing to the public’s reliance on the natural environment during the coronavirus pandemic to generate much-needed funds.

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