The latest figures for positive coronavirus tests results in Cornwall and the Isles have been recorded and they show 31 new cases in the last 24 hours.

It means that as of 4.01pm today (Wednesday) there have now been a total of 1,749 positive test results since the start of the pandemic.

The rate of transmission has now risen above 300 cases per 100,000 people, to 305.9, although this still remains relatively low compared to many parts of the country.

Across the UK the overall case figure now sits at 654,644 - a rise of 19,724 cases on the previous day.

There have been no further deaths in Cornwall in the last 24 hours, with the county’s first hospital death since September 22 reported on Saturday (October 10).

The death was recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro last Thursday but was only reported in the figures from NHS England on Saturday.

It took the total number of hospital deaths in Cornwall up to 94, with 68 of them recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and 26 at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust.

No deaths relating to coronavirus in Cornwall were registered in the most recent Office for National Statistics figures.

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 26 to October 2, but were registered up to October 10. As such, the most recent hospital death on October 8 is still not registered in the data.

It means that Cornwall's overall coronavirus death toll remains at 210 in the ONS figures.

Nationally, however, a further 68 people, who tested positive for the Covid-19 have now died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 30,662.

Patients were aged between 48 and 98 years old and all except four (aged between 65 and 93) had known underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.

NHS England said the dates of the deaths ranged from October 2 to 13.

One of the deaths was recorded in the south west.

In today’s coronavirus-related news:

A Cornish MP was among 42 Tory Party rebels who voted against the government's 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants last night.

A group of backbench Conservatives had forced a vote on a motion that would have registered their disapproval over the affect on local businesses.

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Falmouth and Penryn's two university campuses have spoken further about what they are doing to help control the spread of coronavirus whilst providing a good experience for their students and supporting the local community.

Richard Gates, Falmouth town manager, said: “On behalf of the town council and Falmouth BID I am pleased that the two universities are supporting these extra measures.

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