A new coronavirus-related death in Cornwall reported in government figures on Saturday took place at one of the Duchy's hospitals.

NHS England hospital daily figures are now being published every weekday, rather than every day, which means it was not clear until now in what setting the death took place.

However, today's update shows that it took place at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust last Wednesday, May 19, involving a patient who had tested positive for coronavirus.

It was the first Covid-related death at the trust since April 23 and brings the total to 203 at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, while at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust it remains at 62.

The combined number of Covid-19 deaths in total in Cornwall’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic now stands at 265.

The overall number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – remains at 470 in the 28 days after a positive test, after the rise of one on Saturday.

The number of deaths simply with Covid-19 on the death certificate remains at 570 in the most recent data available, as this figure is updated weekly on a Tuesday. It included no new deaths in the week leading up to Friday, May 7, the most recent date given.

Today's Covid update shows five new cases of the virus for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the last 24 hours, after a rise of two yesterday, while the overall total since the start of the pandemic has risen to 14,305.

Weekly cases, which are on a delay, have fallen to 29 in the seven days leading up to May 19 – the most recent five days not shown due to incomplete data – a fall of two from yesterday.

The weekly case rate has fallen to 5.1 cases per 100,000 people compared to 5.4 cases yesterday.

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK increased by 2,439 in 24 hours. This takes the total to 4,464,900 nationally since the start of the pandemic.

The overall UK figures show three more people to have died within 28 days of their first positive test result. This takes the total UK deaths within 28 days to 127,724. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

Up to the end of Sunday, May 23 a total of 38,070,038 people in the UK have had received their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 22,895,556 people have had their second dose.

Covid case reporting for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly appears to have settled down again after a change in reporting threw the results into confusion last week.

A warning remained on the government dashboard on Friday, stating: "Reported cases are sometimes removed if subsequent tests are negative. This happens when cases identified through a positive rapid lateral flow test are followed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests within three days that are all negative. These cases are now being removed daily.

"Because of this, the number of newly-reported cases may not be the same as the difference between the total number of reported cases from one day to the next. The number of newly-reported cases in England and the UK is adjusted to take this into account, but the numbers for regions and local authorities are not adjusted. This means that for regions and local authorities, this figure does not show the actual number of new cases reported on that date."

A total of 4,776 cases were removed last Tuesday with a further 561 last Wednesday.