There have been 14 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4.00pm today (Friday) there have now been a total of 1,397 positive test results recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly since the start of the pandemic.

This represents a rate of transmission in the region of 244.3 cases per 100,000 people, which while slowly rising is still low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 467,146 - a rise of 6,968 cases on the previous day.

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 47 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,096.

Patients were aged between 51 and 97 years old. All except two (aged 59 and 92) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 26 September to 1 October 2020 with the majority being on or after 30 September.

Their families have been informed.

There were no deaths reported in the south west as a whole.

No deaths relating to coronavirus in Cornwall were registered in the most recent weekly period, latest Office for National Statistics figures reveal.

The latest figures from the ONS, which has been collating data for deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, relate to the week of September 12 to September 18, but were registered up to September 26.

It means that Cornwall's overall coronavirus death toll remains at 210.

The ONS data does not include the most recent death, confirmed last Tuesday by NHS England.

The patient died at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which has now had 67 deaths. Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust remains at 26, making a combined total of 93 hospital deaths.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

A fish and chip shop on the Lizard Peninsula has had to close as a member of staff has tested positive for coronavirus.

All staff are now isolating and the owners say they are "confident" that the measures they had already put in place had protected their customers.

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The rate of coronavirus infections in the south west is understood to be growing slightly faster than last week but is slower than the rest of the country, says the government.

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Scientists have today said that a loss of taste or sense of smell could be one of the strongest indicators on coronavirus.

They add that these symptoms should now be considered globally as a criterion for self-isolation, testing and contact tracing.

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