There have been 25 new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in today’s latest update.

It means that as of 4pm today (Wednesday) there have now been a total of 1,555 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 271.9 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 544,275 - a rise of 14,162 cases on the previous day.

Friday and Saturday saw more than 35,000 new cases reported, although the government said results were "artificially high" due to a previous error.

The government website stated: "An issue was identified overnight on Friday, October 2 in the automated process that transfers positive cases data to Public Health England. It has now been resolved.

"The cases by publish date for October 3 and 4 include 15,841 additional cases with specimen dates between September 25 and October 2 — they are therefore artificially high for England and the UK."

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, but nationally a further 54 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,280.

Patients were aged between 43 and 93 years old. All but one (aged 79) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from September 28 to October 6 2020 with the majority being on or after October 2. 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 19 to September 25, but were registered up to October.

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

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

A group of students and staff at Penwith College in Penzance have gone into isolation after one of them was confirmed to have coronavirus.

The students' families have been contacted and the students will continue studying online.

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A national pub company that owns businesses across the UK - including the Quayside Inn in Falmouth - has confirmed that it is to cut about 800 jobs and close dozens of pubs.

This follows a slump in trade since the 10pm hospitality curfew was put in place by the government to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

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