The latest Covid-19 case information for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has now been published.

As of 4.43pm today (Monday, January 18) there have been 166 new cases in the region recorded in the previous 24 hours.

The total number of cases in the local authority area since the start of the pandemic now sits at 10,545. Saturday's update saw the number of cases in the area rise past the 10,000 milestone.

There were 1,645 cases recorded in the seven days leading up to January 13. Data from the most recent five days is not shown due to being incomplete.

This represents a weekly rate of 287.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has increased by 37,535 in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total to 3,433,494 nationally since the start of the pandemic.

No new Covid-related deaths have been reported in Cornwall's hospitals in today's NHS update.

Nationally, a further 532 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in hospitals in England in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 61,453.

Of these, 19 deaths were in the south west.

Five new deaths were reported at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust on Saturday. Two of these took place on Wednesday (January 13), bringing the total on that day to three, with another three on Thursday (January 14).

Two further deaths were also registered at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust, with the most recent taking place on Thursday (January 14) and the other on a date not specified.

There have been 18 deaths reported in Cornwall's hospitals since Wednesday last week.

It brings the number of deaths at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust to 105, with a further 31 taking place at the Cornwall Partnerships NHS Trust, meaning altogether there have been 136 Covid-related deaths in Cornwall's hospitals since the start of the pandemic.

The overall total number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – now sits at 229 recorded in the 28 days after a positive test result. The total number of deaths with Covid-19 simply on the death certificate remains at 251 on the government dashboard, as this is updated weekly.

In the UK overall another 599 people have died within 28 days of their first positive test result. This brings the total number of UK deaths within 28 days to 89,860. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

In today's coronavirus-related news:

National lockdown restrictions could be lifted in early March with a return to the tier system as the country battles to keep Covid-19 infection rates under control, the vaccines minister has said.

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Cornwall Council and GLL are calling on central Government to provide additional funding to protect the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres.

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The RSPCA has welcomed new government guidelines for dog walkers amid ongoing lockdown restrictions.

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