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First coronavirus death in a month recorded in Cornwall

First coronavirus death in a month recorded in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:53am 3rd July 2020.

The first coronavirus death in over a month has been recorded in Cornwall.

NHS England figures show 65 people had died in hospital at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust as of 5pm on Wednesday (July 1).

That was an increase of one compared to the 64 that had been recorded at the same point on Tuesday, and the first death in 30 days.

It means there has been one death in the past week. The previous week there were no new deaths recorded.

You can find all the source data here.

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It comes after figures earlier this week showed that more than 200 people who were admitted to hospital with coronavirus have recovered.
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) has said that 125 patients have been discharged from its hospitals after recovering from the virus.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) said that 88 patients have made a successful recovery from Covid-19.

It means that in total 213 people who had to be hospitalised after falling ill with the virus have recovered.

The boss at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has told Pirate FM that they are preparing for a second wave of coronavirus to hit in October.

As people start to spend more time out and about and visitors are expected to visit the Duchy from the 4th of July, it means there could be a rise in virus cases.

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Kate Shields is the Chief Executive at RCHT, she says there could be a small summer spike but a bigger spike is more likely to occur in the autumn.

"We are preparing for a second wave, the rates of infection in Cornwall were very low, but now people are going out and about more and we are likely to get more visitors from others part of country from the 4th of July, we think it's likely we will see a second wave, so we are getting ready to manage it if and when it comes, if it doesn't come that's fine and if it does come we'll be ready.

"There's lots of modelling that's been done, and we are having to guess around what the R value is for Cornwall, so if we get to a point where where people are coming to Cornwall with higher levels of infection than we've got here then we think there could be a small summer spike. But we think it's much more likely that we will have a larger spike in October.

"As we're all out and about in the open air the transmission is lower than when we go back into our own homes, so as the weather gets cooler and we spend more time indoors that might be the time when we see higher levels of infection."

Kate Shields, Chief Executive at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

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