The latest information relating to Covid-19 has now been updated.

There have been no further hospital deaths recorded in the county in today's figures, involving patients testing positive for Covid-19.

The total number of Covid-related deaths at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust stands at 198, while at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust it stays at 61.

The combined number of Covid-19 deaths in total in Cornwall's hospitals since the start of the pandemic is still 259.

The overall number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – is 462 in the 28 days after a positive test.

The number of deaths simply with Covid-19 on the death certificate has risen to 545 registered up to March 5, the most recent data available. This figure is updated weekly on a Tuesday and includes 19 further deaths in the latest total.

The figures shared by NHS England today (March 18) show that nationally a further 97 people, who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 85,585.

Patients were aged between 43 and 99 years old. All except five (aged 55 to 89) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from January 18 to March 17, 2021 with the majority being on or after March 15.

Their families have been informed.

Of these, five were in the south west.

The overall UK figures on the Government dashboard have been updated though and show 95 more people to have died within 28 days of their first positive test result.

This takes the total number of UK deaths within 28 days to 125,926. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

As of 4.20pm today (Thursday, March 18) there have been 17 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the previous 24 hours.

The total number of cases in the local authority area since the start of the pandemic is now 13,872.

A series of double-figure totals means the latest weekly total has now risen to 85 cases in the seven days leading to March 12.

It means the weekly rate has also risen, to 14.9 cases per 100,000 people, having dropped to 11.9 cases per 100,000 on Saturday.

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has increased by 6,303 in 24 hours.

This takes the total to 4,280,882 nationally since the start of the pandemic.

As of today (Thursday, March 18) 25,735,472 people in the UK have had received their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 1,879,054 people have had their second dose.