Seven 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 1,014 as of 3.50pm on Wednesday, compared to 1,007 the previous day.

Across the UK there have now been 355,219 cases of the virus as of this afternoon – a rise of 2,659 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 twelve people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,631.

Patients were aged between 50 and 92 years old. All but one patient had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from August 27 to September 8, 2020, with the majority on or after September 6.

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:

A 'small number' of cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Falmouth.

As a result, Cornwall Council is working with several night-time venues on measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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This morning the government announced that from Monday gatherings of more than six people will be illegal, apart from a couple of exemptions.

Those found breaking the law could face fines of £100 or more.

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The much-hailed Covid-19 vaccine trial in Oxford has been placed on hold due to an 'unexplained illness' in a participant of the trial.

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