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Covid-19: Cornish hospital deaths rise to 50

Covid-19: Cornish hospital deaths rise to 50

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:21pm 16th April 2020. (Updated at 8:10am 17th April 2020)

The coronavirus death toll has risen to 50 in Cornwall, after another four people lost their lives.

The official figures include deaths in hospitals only and it is not confirmed how many other people with Covid-19 may have lost their lives in the Duchy.

The number of confirmed cases in Cornwall currently stands at 349.

On Thursday, another 861 Covid-19 deaths were confirmed in hospitals across the UK, bringing the total death toll across the country to 13,729.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty warned of a spike in deaths due to a probable lag in reporting over Easter weekend, following four consecutive days of sub-800 increases.

The UK lockdown has been extended:

It comes as the UK's coronavirus lockdown will remain in place for at least another three weeks, the government has announced.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovers from Covid-19, said experts had warned that relaxing the lockdown would "risk damage to both public health and the economy".

Speaking at Downing Street's daily coronavirus news briefing, Mr Raab said:

"The government has decided that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next three weeks."

He added that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) had advised that "relaxing any of the measures in place" would "undo the progress we have made".

The extension takes the lockdown to at least 7th May, and Mr Raab hinted it would likely go further in light of a previous suggestion by the prime minister that the UK could "turn the tide" of the virus within 12 weeks.

Mr Johnson made the comment on 19th March, and Mr Raab admitted that was "broadly the outline" for when the UK might expect to return to some normalcy.

Mr Raab laid out five factors the government "must be satisfied of" before considering changes to the lockdown:

  1. Confidence that the NHS can still provide sufficient critical care and specialist treatment across the UK
  2. The need to see a sustained and consistent fall in the daily death rate to be confident we are beyond the peak
  3. Reliable data from SAGE that the infection rate has decreased to manageable levels
  4. Testing capacity and PPE is in hand to meet supply for future demand
  5. Not risk a second peak of infection that overwhelms the NHS

"We've come too far, lost too many loved ones and sacrificed too much to let up now - especially when we are now beginning to see that our efforts are paying off.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we are at a delicate and dangerous stage of this pandemic."

Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary

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