There have been 39 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 (Thursday) there have now been a total of 1,594 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 278.8 cases per 100,000 people, which while slowly rising is still relatively low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 561,815 - a rise of 17,540 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 43 people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,323.

Patients were aged between 32 and 99 years old. All but one (aged 71) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from August 10 to October 7, 2020, with the majority on or after October 6. 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:

Three positive cases of coronavirus have resulted in the closure of a Cornish primary school.

Archbishop Benson Church of England Primary School is carrying out a deep clean today and tomorrow, with the aim of opening again on Monday, October 12.

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Coronavirus has resulted in many more families in Cornwall needing temporary accommodation.

The number of people who are homeless or at risk of sleeping rough has also significantly risen as a consequence of the virus.

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A hotel on the Lizard Peninsula has decided to close temporarily due to staffing problems stemming from coronavirus.

On Monday 'The Lizard' was added to the government map of coronavirus case 'clusters' in Cornwall.

Owners of the Housel Bay Hotel said: "Due to a localised spread we are left sadly under staffed at this time."

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