Health & Social Care

Covid-19: Another seven test positive in Cornwall

By Anne North A further seven people in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to NHS data published this afternoon (Wednesday.) This means...

Just when you thought it was safe to go for a run – another U-turn limits gatherings to 6 (but not til Monday)

By Anne North News that the government is poised to impose a new Covid-19 lockdown limit of no more than six people gathering, even for outdoor settings, has put...

Another five Covid-19 cases confirmed in Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Another five people in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19 within the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,007. The statistics come as part of...

Covid-19: Cornwall passes the “1,000 cases” milestone

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has passed 1,000.  Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the last 24...

Cornwall closes in on Covid-19 case number 1,000, with reduced capacity for testing

By Anne North The number of all-time Covid-19 infections recorded in Cornwall is about to pass a symbolic milestone, having reached 999 cases yesterday (Sunday.) There was only one...

Government withdraws Covid-19 testing capacity from Cornwall in bid to fight the Coronavirus elsewhere

By Anne North The government is withdrawing Covid-19 testing capacity from Cornwall and is devoting it to parts of the country where the disease is more prevalent.  Cornwall Council...

Covid-19: South West “R” number now 0.9-1.1

By Anne North The “R” number for Covid-19 infections in the South West region has increased in the past fortnight, and is now between 0.9 and 1.1, according to the...

EXCLUSIVE: Covid-19 at Cornwall Housing

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s public health officials are trying to trace the contacts of a Covid-19 patient who works at the Liskeard office of Cornwall Housing. Cornwall Housing is...

Covid-19: Test & Trace closes another Cornish pub

By Anne North Another of Cornwall’s pubs has been forced to close as a precaution against Covid-19. The 17th century Devon and Cornwall Inn, at Millbrook, has been notified...

EXCLUSIVE: 100% of Cornwall’s schools expected to reopen next week, following Covid-19 risk assessments

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Every school pupil in Cornwall is expected to be back in their classroom next week, after 100% of the county’s schools completed a satisfactory risk assessment...

Covid-19: New infections decline in Cornwall, but South West region “R” number remains high

By Anne North The “R” number for Covid-19 infections in the South West region has remained constant over the past fortnight and is still between 0.8 and 1.1, according...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall gets ready for “impending food crisis”

By Graham Smith The government is giving Cornwall nearly £700,000 to help cope with an expected food shortage, caused by Covid-19. The way in which the cash will be...

Public Health Cornwall survives, but still has no detail about how it will work with the new National Institute in the campaign against Covid-19

By Anne North Cornwall’s public health officials are still waiting for details of how the government’s new National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) will change the fight against Covid-19....

RyanAir halves the number of flights from Newquay to Spain, due to quarantine restrictions on passengers returning to UK

By Peter Tremayne Uncertainty over Covid-19 quarantine rules have led RyanAir to halve the number of flights between Newquay and Spain from the end of October. The airline is...

Covid-19 care home death brings Cornwall’s total to 209

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall has recorded the county’s first Covid-19 death for four weeks, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. The death occurred in a care...

Mevagissey doctors’ surgery to get new management – again

By Julia Penhaligon The GP surgery at Mevagissey is to under a further change of management, three months after a damning Care Quality Commission report condemned its service as...

How many Covid-19 contacts are missing in Cornwall? Public Health chiefs refuse to say

By Graham Smith The battle between central government and local authorities for control of the Covid-19 “test and trace” system has taken a curious new turn with Cornwall Council...

Fire damage to Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, not as bad as originally feared

By Anne North Fire damage to the Edward Hain hospital, St Ives, is not as bad as first feared – with hopes once again rising that the building can...

Cornwall Pride cancelled after fundraising difficulties and fears of “backlash”

By Peter Tremayne A planned “live” Cornwall Pride event due to have taken place in Newquay at the end of the month has been cancelled due to fundraising difficulties...

Fire causes severe damage to Edward Hain hospital, St Ives

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fire has swept through the Edward Hain community hospital in St Ives, causing severe damage. The hospital has been closed to in-patients for four years while...