Although the number of new cases have risen very slightly on a week ago, the areas reporting them in Cornwall have almost halved - and they're almost all centred on one part. 

It's as 64 new cases of coronavirus were recorded across the seven days leading up to April 23 – the most recent five days not shown due to incomplete data.

This is two more than the weekly figure recorded a week ago, marking a 3.2% rise.

The rolling rate has also risen slightly, to 11.2 cases per 100,000 people compared to 10.8 cases per 100,000 last Wednesday.


However, the number of clusters reporting the cases has actually fallen by almost half.

While there were eight clusters a week ago, today's Government map shows only five and all but one of them is in the west of Cornwall.

The worst affected area is West Penwith & St Buryan, which saw nine new cases recorded across the seven-day period.

This was two more than had been recorded over the previous week and meant the rolling rate increased to a 135.4 cases per 100,000 people average, which is well above the national average, despite the figure still being relatively low compared to earlier in the year.

Falmouth Packet:

This was the only area to remain still from last week's map, and it was joined by four new clusters.

The five now showing are: St Just & Land's End (4 cases, up two), West Penwith & St Buryan (9, up two), Helston (4, up two), The Lizard (3, up one), Redruth South (3, up one).

Falmouth Packet:

No longer showing from last week are: Hayle, Penryn, Illogan & Portreath, St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet, Altarnun & Stoke Climsland, Dobwalls, Addington & Menheniot, Launceston.

With only small fluctuations it means that areas can drop off and reappear back on the map frequently.

The map only shows clusters when there are at least three confirmed results, with anywhere between zero and two cases showing white in order to "protect the privacy of individuals and prevent disclosure."

The map shows positive cases by 'Middle Super Output Area' - the name the government gives to the break-up of larger towns and groups of neighbouring towns and villages, with groupings covering a greater area than others.

The minimum population in each area is 5,000 and the average is 7,200.