Five new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the last 24 hours.

The rise brings the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 for the local authority area up to 1,007 as of 3.54pm on Tuesday, compared to 1,002 the previous day.

Across the UK there have now been 352,520 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 2,420 on the previous day.

No new deaths relating to coronavirus in Devon and Cornwall have been recorded in the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The latest figures from the ONS relate to the week of August 22 and August 28, but were registered up to September 5, and show no deaths anywhere in Devon and Cornwall where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

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

It is the second week in a row that Cornwall has not seen any new deaths recorded, with the county's overall coronavirus death toll remaining at 210.

Nationally, Tuesday's NHS England figures, which only cover hospital deaths due to coronavirus, show that a further eight people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,619.

Date of death ranges from September 5 to September 7, with the majority on or after September 6.

Patients were aged between 43 and 92 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

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.

In today's coronavirus news:

Apprentices at RNAS Culdrose have been singled out for praise thanks to their work during lockdown.

During the coronavirus lockdown the management team looked for creative new ways to re-deploy their apprentices to support and carry out projects that would benefit the whole base.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has revealed when a coronavirus vaccine is likely to be ready for use across the UK.

The comments were made as Mr Hancock suggested that mass testing could see people given a 24-hour Covid-free “pass” to enable them to get back into theatres and sporting events where they may need to be in close contact.

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Bikers from across Cornwall are expected to take part in this year's Martin Jennings Memorial Run when it takes place this Sunday in an adapted format.

Dave Saunby, who has organised the ride since the first event in 1988, has developed a 'rolling run', with riders joining at various locations, to help keep people safe in the current conditions.

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Motorists using the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry could face toll hikes or ferry cuts after it was revealed that there could be a £15million black hole by 2025.

A report going to the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee this week puts forward a number of options to help tackle the forecast £15m deficit which has been caused by Covid-19.

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