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Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall top 100

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall top 100

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:35am 3rd April 2020.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Cornwall has topped 100.

114 people in the Duchy have tested positive for Covid-19 according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

It comes as the death toll in Cornwall rises to 19, after another three fatalities were confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

All the patients had been cared for at Treliske Hospital.

The total number of coronavirus deaths across the UK has now reached 2,921.

The Department of Health said as of 9am on Thursday 33,718 people had tested positive for the virus across the UK. Across the world over one million people have now tested positive.

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It comes as the Health Secretary makes a pledge to carry out 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day in the UK, by the end of this month.

Matt Hancock set out the strategy to achieve a "significant" increase in testing at the government's daily news conference on Thursday.

It comes as new figures from NHS England showed the first death of someone diagnosed with the virus actually happened in February - one week before previously thought.

The statistics also revealed more insight into the age profile of the patients with 52% of those who have died were aged over 80.

Testing is vital in tracking the virus and giving the UK hope of ending the current lockdown, but opposition parties and some experts expressed scepticism and called for more detail.

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The government's "five-pillar" plan involves:

  • Swab testing at Public Health England and NHS laboratories;
  • Using commercial partners, including universities and private businesses, to establish more swab testing;
  • Introducing antibody blood tests to determine whether people have had COVID-19;
  • Surveillance to determine the rate of infection and how it is spreading across the country;
  • Building an "at-scale" diagnostics industry to reach 100,000 tests by the end of April.

Mr Hancock said the 100,000 figure included both the general public and NHS staff.

And it would be a combination of antigen tests (which shows whether somebody currently has the virus) and antibody tests (which shows if someone has had COVID-19).

Mr Hancock also said the government remained committed to eventually carrying out 250,000 tests a day, something Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of achieving in the past.

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