Cornwall continues to see a slight fall in the number of new daily cases being recorded - but there are three new deaths in the latest daily figures as the UK sees its highest daily death rate since March.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has also had its first new deaths since October 3.

Tuesday’s (October 19) daily new Covid-19 case figures in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly shows 348 new people tested positive for the virus in the previous 24 hours, a fall on the 357 yesterday and the 411 on Sunday.

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 3,195 people testing positive in the seven days leading up to last Tuesday, October 14, down on yesterday's weekly figure of 3,197.

The weekly case rate average has now risen to 555.1 cases per 100,000 people, down slightly from 555.5 yesterday. 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 is now 52,460.

The daily number of people testing positive for coronavirus in the UK shows 43,738 new cases, down from 49,156 yesterday.

This takes the total of cases since the start of the pandemic to 8,541,192.

The combined number of Covid-19 related deaths in total in the Duchy’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic now stands at 312.

The total number recorded at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals’ Trust since the start of the pandemic is now 248 with two new deaths reported on October 16 and 17 respectively, the first new deaths since October 3. At the Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust it is still 64.

The government’s update, which shows the overall number of deaths in Cornwall – including deaths in care homes and other settings – remains at 546 in the 28 days since a positive Covid case.

The total number of deaths in Cornwall simply with Covid-19 on the death certificate increased to 645 in the most recent data available this week. It shows that four new deaths occurred in the week leading up to Friday, October 8, the most recent date given.

The overall UK figures show a huge jump from 45 to 223 more people having died within 28 days of their first positive test result.

Total UK deaths within 28 days since the start of the pandemic stand at 138,852. These figures include people in care home and other settings.

Up to Monday, October 18 a total of 49,462,425 people in the UK have had their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, while 45,400,990 have had their second dose.

The Cornwall figures show 441,374 people with their first dose although the second dose figures appear not to have been updated and last stood at 414,862.