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Cornwall given over £2m to support coronavirus test and trace service

Cornwall given over £2m to support coronavirus test and trace service

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:26am 15th June 2020. (Updated at 6:37am 15th June 2020)

Cornwall has been given over £2m to support the new coronavirus test and trace service.

The government cash will help Cornwall Council to progress tailored outbreak control plans to reduce the spread of Covid-19 across the Duchy.

Officials say the work will build on the continued efforts of communities, to respond to the pandemic locally.

In total, over £22m has been allocated to local authorities across the south west, with Cornwall being given £2,387,297.

“Local authorities are central to the new NHS Test and Trace service, and I am pleased to see this funding awarded from the Government to help them develop tailored outbreak control plans, working with the service, their local NHS and other stakeholders.”

“This money will help us test and trace Covid-19 flare-ups in Cornwall and in doing so will save lives, while helping us in our recovery from this pandemic.”

Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth

Work on local outbreak control plans has already begun, focusing on identifying and containing potential outbreaks in communal areas such as workplaces, housing complexes, care homes and schools.

Local authorities will also need to ensure testing capacity is deployed effectively to high-risk locations.

Funding has been allocated to councils based on need, with additional funding provided for communities with lower incomes and higher demand for local healthcare settings.


"Local authorities play a vital role in the effort to contain COVID-19 in their communities. The funding awarded today will help each local area work hand in hand with Public Health England and contact tracers to focus on the containment of local outbreaks, to control the transmission of this virus.

"The public response to the rollout of NHS Test and Trace has been fantastic, and we continue to rely on everyone to play their part and follow the latest guidelines. If you have symptoms of the virus, please book a test immediately and if you are contacted by the tracing service, it is vital that you follow their advice."

Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Nadine Dorries

How much money is each area of the south west getting?

  • Bath and North East Somerset – £849,159
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – £1,808,624
  • Bristol – £3,032,572
  • Cornwall – £2,387,297
  • Devon – £2,618,508
  • Dorset – £1,287,650
  • Gloucestershire – £2,221,773
  • North Somerset – £868,716
  • Plymouth – £1,402,003
  • Somerset – £1,925,972
  • South Gloucestershire – £863,029
  • Swindon – £930,733
  • Torbay – £886,457
  • Wiltshire – £1,586,902

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