Health & Social Care

Covid-19: Cornwall’s cluster map looking brighter, as hospitality sector looks forward to the next “freedom day”

By Anne North As Cornwall’s hospitality sector anticipates the next Covid “freedom day” on Thursday , the latest batch of official data confirms that new case numbers are continuing...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate continues to fall as Boris Johnson prepares to scrap “Plan B” restrictions

By Anne North Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection is continuing to fall, as the Prime Minister prepares to announce the scrapping of the government’s “Plan B” restrictions. Although the...

Cornwall Council declares “critical incident” in Adult Social Care and plans to get 100 elderly people out of hospital within the next two weeks – but does not know where they will go or who will look after them

By Anne North Cornwall Council has declared a “critical incident” in adult social care after revealing that nearly 180 people cannot be discharged from hospital because there is nowhere...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s cluster map continues to get brighter

The average rate of Covid infection in Cornwall has fallen to 754.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, compared with England’s average of 1,272.4.  Pressure on the NHS remains...

Covid-19: a blue patch on the cluster map, signalling the virus is in retreat

Cornwall’s Covid-19 cluster map continues to improve, after a week of falling new case numbers.  Tywardreath and Fowey has become the first area to return to blue while even...

The first of 76 unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The first of Cornwall’s allocation of unaccompanied child refugees has already arrived, County Hall has confirmed. There are no details of where the children are being...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate falls for third consecutive day

Cornwall’s headline rate of Covid infection has fallen for the third consecutive day, and is now 1,020.6 new daily cases per 100,000 population.  Only Torpoint is now in the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “heatmap” of new infections is now cooling but hospitals remain under pressure

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid heatmap is showing more signs of cooling.  For the second consecutive day the number of new daily infections has fallen, boosting hopes that the...

Covid-19: is Cornwall now at “peak Omicron?”

By Anne North Cornwall’s average rate of Covid infection fell yesterday (Monday) for the first time in several weeks, raising hopes that the peak of the Omicron variant of...

Covid-19: Saltash joins the list of “most dangerous” clusters

By Anne North Saltash has become the latest “black list” Covid cluster in Cornwall, as the virus strengthens its grip – although the total number of Covid patients occupying...

Covid-19: “black list” clusters now spreading across Cornwall putting more pressure on NHS

By Anne North Cornwall now has an average Covid infection rate of 1,117.1 new daily cases per 100,000 population, with four clusters in the new most dangerous “black list”...

Covid-19: South West hospitals now see a new Covid patient every ten minutes

By Anne North Cornwall has gained another “black list” Covid cluster, at St Columb Minor and Porth.  It joins Torpoint and Bude as among the most dangerous places in...

Covid-19 – Cornwall sees 30% increase in hospital patients since Christmas Day, as Army moves in to support NHS in London

By Anne North The total number of Covid patients in South West hospitals stayed steady yesterday (Thursday) at 852, with as many discharged as admitted.  But the number admitted...

Covid-19: South West hospitals now need new beds for infected patients every 30 minutes

By Anne North Covid patients took more South West hospital beds yesterday (Wednesday) as the region’s total climbed to 852, a rise of 47 – or 6% - in...

No country for the old and the sick: why the government has an uphill struggle to convince England that its Covid policies are better than those of Scotland or Wales

By Anne North The political debate over Britain’s Covid policies seems certain to focus on hospital activity in the coming weeks as the “daily new cases” evolve into “daily...

Covid-19: South West hospitalisations have increased by 73% since Christmas

By Anne North The number of Covid patients in South West hospitals has increased by 73% since Christmas Day, according to NHS data. The total number of NHS hospital...

Covid-19: No escape, as Cornwall’s average rate of infection enters the danger zone

By Anne North Cornwall now has so many “red list” Covid clusters that the county average is over the threshold that would have marked it as “most dangerous” –...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate rises another 9% in just 24 hours

By Anne North The provision of schools, hospitals and public transport are all on a knife-edge as Cornwall emerges from the Christmas and New Year festive period, following another...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has 18 “red list” clusters

By Anne North Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection now appears to be accelerating, out of control, with another rise of 9.8% in only 24 hours. There are now 18...

Covid-19: Another year over, and new infections in Cornwall are clearly getting much worse

By Anne North Cornwall has entered 2022 with a rapidly rising rate of Covid infection – up nearly 8% in only 24 hours. Today’s (Saturday’s) figure for new daily...