Daily cases of Covid in Cornwall are still falling back down very slowly but the weekly total continues to rise 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 257 new people have tested positive for the virus in the previous 24 hours, a small fall again on the 268 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 1,770 people testing positive in the seven days leading up to last Tuesday, September 21, another rise on yesterday's weekly total of 1,668.

It means the weekly case rate average now stands at 305.5 cases per 100,000 people - another rise on yesterday's 289.8 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 43,032.

The daily number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK on Friday shows 32,417 new cases, a rise on yesterday's 31,348 figure.

This takes the total of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,664,230.

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 58 more people have died within 28 days of their first positive test result, a fall on the 122 announced yesterday.

Total UK deaths within 28 days since the start of the pandemic stands at 136,168. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

Up to Satrudayday, September 25 a total of 48,722,414 people in the UK have had their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 44,739,473 have had their second dose.

In Cornwall it is 437,726 with their first dose and 410,927 with their second.