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Number of Covid-19 cases in Cornwall rises to 64

Number of Covid-19 cases in Cornwall rises to 64

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:37am 30th March 2020. (Updated at 7:03am 30th March 2020)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has risen to 64, according to official figures from Public Health England.

Meantime the death toll in the Duchy remains at seven. All those who lost their lives here had underlying health conditions and had been cared for at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

It comes as the UK death toll rises to 1,235 after another 207 deaths were recorded in just 24 hours.

The increase in deaths came as the government warned the nationwide lockdown could go on for a "significant" time.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says the length of the lockdown has not been decided but scientists at Imperial College, who are advising the government, suggest it should go on until late May or early June.

Mr Gove warned the lockdown would be longer if people do not stick to the rules.

Antibody testing for frontline NHS staff started this weekend after the government faced criticism for not doing so.

Mr Gove said the number of tests carried out is now at 10,000 a day but will increase to 25,000 a day.

However, senior figures have called for mass testing, with former prime minister Tony Blair saying "virtually everybody" in the UK may have to be tested.

Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt also called for mass testing, as well as contact tracing.

Boris Johnson has raised the prospect of stricter lockdown measures in a letter that will be sent to every household in the UK.

The prime minister, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, says in the letter it is a "moment of national emergency".

His plea for people to "follow the rules" will land on the doorsteps of 30 million households across all four UK nations from next week.

On the lockdown restrictions, he has this warning for Britons: "We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do."

People are already under tight restrictions after being told to only leave their homes for essential necessities, to exercise once a day, for a medical need or to help a vulnerable person, or to go to work if it is not possible to work from home.

Mr Johnson is continuing to lead the government while self-isolating in the flat above Number 11 Downing Street.

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