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Confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall pass 500

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall pass 500

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:07am 4th May 2020. (Updated at 3:51pm 4th May 2020)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall has now passed 500.

507 people in the Duchy are now known to have Covid-19, according to official government figures.

Meantime one more coronavirus-related death was confirmed in Cornwall on Sunday, bringing the total death toll here to 81.

It comes as the Prime Minister says efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine are the "most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes".

Boris Johnson will host a virtual summit with other world leaders on Monday, to raise money to develop a treatment.

He is urging the international community to "pull together".

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The online pledging conference, which will be attended by the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and representatives of the EU, aims to secure more than £6bn in funding to support the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This will be used to support the development of treatments, tests and ultimately the mass production of a vaccine if one can be found.

The UK has pledged to give £388m in aid funding for research into tests, treatments and vaccines - part of a £744m commitment to help end the pandemic and support the global economy.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: "To win this battle, we must work together to build an impregnable shield around all our people and that can only be achieved by developing and mass producing a vaccine.

"The more we pull together and share our expertise, the faster our scientists will succeed.

"The race to discover the vaccine to defeat this virus is not a competition between countries but the most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes.

"It's humanity against the virus - we are in this together and together we will prevail."

However, the absence of both China and the US from the virtual summit is likely to raise concerns that competition between states to secure a vaccine could hinder global efforts.

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Meantime the government is now expected to set out its strategy to exit lockdown on Sunday - three days after originally planned.

The Prime Minister is promising to reveal more details of how he'll get people back to work and children back to school. We're told it will be a "phased approach".

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