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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall reach 300

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall reach 300

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:22am 14th April 2020.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has now topped 300.

The latest figures from Public Health England show that 301 people have been officially diagnosed in the Duchy.

Another fatality was also confirmed on Monday, bringing the confirmed Covid-19 death toll in Cornwall to 42.

Across the country, another 717 coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, taking the nationwide total to 11,329.

The figures for Monday were the lowest increase recorded over the Bank Holiday weekend, after 980 on Friday, which surpassed the worst confirmed daily totals in Italy and Spain, 917 on Saturday and 737 on Sunday.

The number of people who have been tested for Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, rose to 290,720 following another 15,506 tests on Monday - with 88,821 having now tested positive in the UK.

The figures were announced by the Department of Health.

Meantime, the government does not expect to relax or lift the coronavirus lockdown later this week.

The foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from the coronavirus, said there are some "positive signs" from the data that show "we are starting to win this struggle".

But he warned: "We are still not past the peak."

He was speaking at the government's daily Covid-19 press conference, which comes ahead of the first review of the UK's lockdown measures on Thursday.

The stringent restrictions, imposed last month in order to try to halt the spread of the virus, are widely expected to be extended.

Ministers have said they want to be certain the UK is past the peak of the epidemic before they ease the conditions of the lockdown.

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