Daily cases of Covid in Cornwall are falling back down again but the weekly total is rising due to positive test results at the start of the week.

Today's daily new Covid-19 case figures in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly shows 268 new people have tested positive for the virus in the previous 24 hours, a fall again on the 285 cases yesterday.

The weekly total number of people with at least one positive Covid-19 test result (either lab-reported or lateral flow device) is on a five-day delay. The latest data shows a combined 1,668 people testing positive in the seven days leading up to last Monday, September 20, a substantial rise on yesterday's weekly total of 1,562.

It means the weekly case rate average now stands at 289.8 cases per 100,000 people - up on yesterday's 271.4 cases. For this figure the government uses the mid-2020 estimates for the permanent population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The overall total of cases in Cornwall since the start of the pandemic now stands at 42,775.

The daily number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK on Friday shows 31,348 new cases.

This takes the total of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,631,233.

NHS England no longer updates figures on hospital deaths at the weekend. In the most recent data, on Friday, the combined number of Covid-19 related deaths in total in the Duchy’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic remained at 304, following a death on Wednesday (September 22).

The total number recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust since the start of the pandemic is now 240, while at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust it is 64.

The government's update, which continues to take place daily, shows the overall number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – remains at 529 in the 28 days since a positive Covid case, with no new deaths reported in today's figures.

The total number of deaths in Cornwall simply with Covid-19 on the death certificate increased to 618 in the most recent data available. It shows that seven new deaths occurred in the week leading up to Friday, September 3, the most recent date given.

The overall UK figures show that 122 more people have died within 28 days of their first positive test result.

Total UK deaths within 28 days since the start of the pandemic stands at 136,105. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

Up to Friday, September 24 a total of 48,699,874 people in the UK have had their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 44,692,956 have had their second dose. The first dose figure is lower than yesterday, after figures in Wales from Friday were revised due to booster jabs being wrongly included.

In Cornwall it is 437,640 with their first dose and 410,632 with their second.