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Updated figures show jump in confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall

Updated figures show jump in confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:35pm 3rd July 2020.

New updated figures show there have been 882 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cornwall.

That is almost 300 more than was originally thought.

The figure has jumped because the government has now changed the way it reports data.

The total now includes all coronavirus tests that have been carried out through the official programme, plus those done at mobile centres and by post across the community.

The change was announced in a statement on the government website that reports on the daily case figures.

"The methodology for reporting positive cases changed on 2nd July 2020 to remove duplicates within and across pillars 1 and 2, to ensure that a person who tests positive is only counted once.

"Due to this change, and a revision of historical data in pillar 1, the cumulative total for positive cases is 30,302 lower than if you added the daily figure to yesterday’s total.

"Numbers of lab-confirmed positive cases throughout this website now include those identified by testing in all settings (pillars 1 and 2)."

Government statement

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It comes after a Cornwall councillor earlier this week, saying the true number of cases in Cornwall was likely to be much higher than what was being reported.

Colin Martin, the councillor for Lostwithiel, said that by restricting the data which was being provided to public health officials the government was making it difficult for them to draw up the local outbreak plans which they are required to do.

“The council has been told that by the end of the month to come up with an outbreak plan but the government doesn’t tell us the data about how many people are testing positive.

“The government is saying that local councils will step in with intervention if there is a local outbreak – you can’t do that without the data.”

Cllr Martin said that he would like to see Cornwall Council and public health officials set up their own testing system to ensure that it is prepared should there be an outbreak.

“I would like to see Cornwall set up its own testing and tracing service.

“We have the capacity in the hospital to test our own health and care staff. We should open that up to anyone in Cornwall to be tested in our local system.

“We will have the contact information that we need from people so that we can follow up with others if they test positive.

“In that way we could have tests done and have the results by the end of the day and then immediately start following up with contacts.”

Cornwall councillor, Colin Martin

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