After a week of showing no Covid areas across the whole of Cornwall one new cluster has returned to the map.

Clusters are only shown on the government's dashboard map when there are three or more new cases reported at any one time.

Anywhere with between zero and two cases shows white in order to "protect the privacy of individuals and prevent disclosure", the accompanying information states.

By remaining blank for a week the map indicated that, while there were still a small amount of new clusters being reported each day, these were spread thinly across the Duchy - meaning that no one area had more than two new cases reported over the previous seven days.

That has changed into today's government dashboard update, as one area returned the map.

This is Camelford & Tresmeer, where cases doubled from two to four in the seven days leading up to May 21.

Falmouth Packet:

It is the only area out of the 72 official clusters to be showing on the map.

With cases remaining low still, it means only small fluctuations like this can cause areas to reappear back on.

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.

Falmouth Packet:

Today's update revealed there had been 35 new cases recorded across the seven days leading up to May 21 - the most recent information available.

The last five days are not shown, due to incomplete data.

This is seven more than were reported across the preceding week, which due to the low figures marks a 25% rise.

The rolling rate of new cases now averages 6.1 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 4.9 cases per 100,000 people a week ago.


It is possible, however, that it is presenting a more accurate picture again after changes last week in the way data was recorded meant some days showed a zero rise in cases - but with the government warning that this did "not reflect the actual number of new cases reported on that date."