By Graham Smith
There has been a further rise in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall – up by a further 15 in the past 24 hours to 114.
Health chiefs hope that severe social lockdown measures announced two weeks ago will start to produce a slow-down soon, but so far the virus is continuing to double the number of confirmed cases roughly every five days.
Plymouth now has 60 confirmed cases, Torbay has 49 and the rest of Devon has 147. The South West region has 1,254 and London remains the worst-affected area with 9,291.
At least 19 people have now died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, which has only 15 intensive care beds.
Cornwall's confirmed Covid-19 cases since 5th March: the current total is 114, but health chiefs say that because of inadequate testing the real number is at least 10 times higher