Author: Anne North

Covid-19: imminent arrival of half-term tourists prompts County Hall social media blitz

By Anne North Cornwall Council has launched a school half-term social media blitz warning people about the continuing dangers of Covid-19. Cornwall’s infection rate is rising so fast that...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate has doubled since “Enhanced Response Area” status was lifted 16 days ago

Cornwall's average Covid infection rate is now 539.5 cases per 100,000 population.  In late August, the government assigned Cornwall as an "Enhanced Response Area" when its infection rate reached...

Covid-19: More than 10% of recent South West PCR test results are wrong, admits Health Security Agency

By Anne North More than 10% of all Covid PCR tests from Cornwall submitted for analysis between 8th September and 12th October could have given false reassurance with an...

Covid-19: Cornwall on course to set new infection record in 20 days

By Anne North The latest Covid cluster map shows how the disease is strengthening its grip in both the west and north of Cornwall, with Marazion and St Erth...

Covid-19: Government to give extra help to the “red wall” but ignores Cornwall, despite higher infection rate

By Anne North The government is about to announce a new package of measures to support local councils with high rates of Covid infection. Cornwall is not on the...

Covid-19: Wadebridge is the new infection capital of Cornwall

The latest infection figures show that Wadebridge is now recording 1,016.1 cases per 100,000 population, higher than anywhere else in Cornwall.  Overall, purple clusters on the Covid map are...

Covid-19: Cornwall records sharp rise in hospital admissions in one week

By Anne North Covid-related hospital admissions across the South West have risen sharply in a week, according to analysis by the Health Service Journal. Although the latest admissions data...

Covid-19: 19 months after it started, this is what “the UK’s worst-ever public health failure” looks like in Cornwall

Today's (Tuesday's) joint report from the House of Commons Science and Technology committee and Health and Social Care committee paints a damning picture of government response to Covid-19: too...

Covid-19: Lostwithiel and Penwithick area joins the critical list

By Anne North The Lostwithiel and Penwithick area has become the latest to join Cornwall’s “dark purple” clusters where Covid infection rates are higher than 800 per 100,000 population....

Covid-19: The changing pattern of seasonal infection in Cornwall

Newquay is now the safest place in Cornwall to avoid catching Covid-19, in a remarkable turnaround from the ultra-high infection rates recorded in the resort in the July-August peak...

Cornwall’s health bosses wasted £7 million on management consultants, say auditors

By Anne North The hiring of consultants to transform Cornwall’s care of the elderly has failed to save any money at all, according to accountants. Deloitte’s annual auditors’ report on...

Truro cancels its City of Lights parade for second year

By Anne North Truro’s “City of Lights” parade for this year has been cancelled. The extravagant procession of lanterns, an annual event in the run up to Christmas, did...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate continues to race ahead of national average

More dark purple patches have appeared on Cornwall's Covid cluster map.  Cornwall's average infection rate is now 441.1 per 100,000 population (up from 430.6 24 hours earlier) compared with...

Reverse the £20 per week cut to Universal Credit and keep Cornwall’s status as a Covid Enhanced Response Area, urge councillors

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s Conservative leadership suffered a political setback this morning (Wednesday) when councillors on the health scrutiny committee voted to protest against the government’s £20 per...

Covid-19: Something is happening and we don’t know what it is, as Cornwall’s infection rate races ahead of the neighbours

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is continuing to race ahead of other areas.  The latest “new cases per 100,000 population” figure is 430.6 – compared with Devon’s...

Covid-19: Welcome to Camborne, one of Cornwall’s “red list” clusters, only 20 miles from the area with the lowest infection rate

By Anne North The three areas of Cornwall’s with the worst Covid rates are among the most dangerous in the world and would be on the government’s “red list”...

Covid-19: the lights are again flashing red in Cornwall, as infection rates soar

By Anne North Cornwall’s new Covid infections have increased by 54% in only two weeks, with three local areas now among the most dangerous in the country.  A comparison...

The experiment is over and it didn’t work: hospital cleaning in Cornwall returns to the NHS

By Anne North One of Cornwall’s most controversial hospital cleaning contracts has come to an end with staff returning to direct employment with the National Health Service. The seven-year...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s rising infection rate keeps the pressure on Royal Cornwall hospital

By Anne North A total of 35 Covid patients are currently occupying beds at the Royal Cornwall hospital, Truro, according to NHS data published yesterday (Thursday.)  Four of those...

Devon’s Covid committee discusses Cornwall’s Boardmasters festival – in public – and warns of a “bumpy” autumn and winter

By Anne North People in Devon have been warned to expect a “bumpy” autumn and winter because of Covid.  Councillor John Hart said the data he and his colleagues...