Cornwall turned purple again after the case rate rose further, placing it in a new category.
The case rate now averages 434.2 cases per 100,000 people, which puts it above the threshold of 400,000 cases and turns it from dark blue on the government map to purple – the second highest from the top.
It compares with a rate of 375.3 cases per 100,000 people last Saturday. The figure is calculated by dipping the seven-day total of cases by the area’s population and then multiplying by 100,000. In this case, the government used the mid-2020 estimates for the permanent population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
This is after Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly recorded 2,499 new cases in the seven days leading up to Monday August 16. There is a five day delay due to the most recent data being incomplete.
This amount was 335 more cases than the number recorded in the previous seven days, marking a rise of 15.5%.
In the midweek update, Newquay rose to number one in the city with the most cases in Cornwall, and it remains there today with the numbers rising further.
It recorded 205 new cases in those seven days, up from 178 a week earlier. The latest figures for its two clusters are: Newquay West 79 (up five) and Newquay East 126 (up 22).
This week, the Cornwall council said any impact from the Boardmasters festival in Newquay on case numbers would not yet be visible, due to the delay in symptoms and the subsequent recording of results.
He added that Covid cases in Newquay were already high ahead of the festival – but that he “expected the event to have contributed to the increase in the number of cases” in the coming days.
Another city that previously had high numbers, Falmouth, has started to experience an overall decline. The city has recorded 160 combined cases, 29 fewer than in the previous seven days. The numbers are now Falmouth West & South 58 (up three), Falmouth East 50 (down 21) and Falmouth North 52 (down 11).
Penryn has also seen a sharp drop in the number of cases, from a weekly total of 92 to just 38 in the most recent figures.
St Ives’ cases continue to grow, however, from 35 to 56, while nearby Hayle has grown from 29 to 63.
Further east, Saltash Town & Pillmere cases doubled in a week, from 20 to 40.
A number of other areas, however, have seen falls.
The map shows positive cases by “average super exit area” – the name the government gives to the break-up of large towns and clusters of neighboring towns and villages, with clusters covering a larger area than others. .
The minimum population in each area is 5,000 and the average is 7,200.
Clusters are only displayed when there are three or more new cases reported at any one time.
Anywhere between zero and two cases appear in white to “protect the privacy of individuals and prevent disclosure,” the accompanying information indicates.
The full list of clusters now on the map is:
St Just & Land’s End (8, down four)
West Penwith and St Buryan (33, up from 18)
Penzance South & Newlyn (16, up nine)
Quai de Penzance (29, plus one)
Penzance Nord (27, up two)
Towednack, Lelant and Carbis Bay (20, down from nine)
St Ives and Halsetown (56, up from 21)
Hayle (63, up from 34)
Marazion, St Erth and Gwinear Gwithian (36, five more)
Porthleven, Breage & Praa Sands (18, five more)
Helston (48, down six)
The Lizard (27, plus one)
Crowan, Wendron & Stithians (34, two down)
Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine (47, seven down)
Falmouth West and South (58, three more)
Falmouth East (50, 21 less)
Falmouth North (52, down from 11)
Penryn (38, minus 54)
Mylor Bridge & Frogpool (52, down from 11)
Camborne West (33, up seven)
Camborne Sud (31, no change)
Illogan swimming pool and highway (51, up to 17)
Redruth South (39, down six)
Redruth North (26, down four)
St Day & Lanner (12, down)
Illogan & Portreath (24, bottom)
St Agnes & Mount Hawke (45, down five)
Shortlanesend, Chacewater & Carnon Downs (32, up from 11)
West Truro (54, up from 21)
Truro South and Center (46, up from 16)
East Truro (43, up from 18)
Probus & Roseland (32, up from 13)
Mevagissey & Polgooth (27, up to eight)
Perranporth & Goonhavern (32, down new)
Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert (26, 14)
Newquay West (79, five more)
Newquay East (126, up from 22)
St Columb Minor & Porth (76, up from 20)
St Columb Major and St Mawgan (48, two more)
Trewoon, Coombe & Foxhole (20, down from 17)
St Austell North & Carclaze (37, up from 15)
St Austell Central (41, up to 14)
St Austell East and Carlyon Bay (57, up from 40)
By (25, up to two)
Tywardreath & Fowey (31, up 14)
Lanreath, Pelynt & Polraun (18, one more)
Looe & Polperro (10, down from 22)
St Germans & St Mellion (21, up from 14)
Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield (23, minus one)
Torpoint (18, up to three)
Saltash Town and Pillmere (40, up from 20)
Mid Saltash (24, minus one)
Saltash Latchbrook and St Stephens (20, six more)
Dobwalls, Addington and Menheniot (25, three more)
Liskeard (9, up to three)
Lostwithiel & Penwithick (28, up from 11)
Roche & Goss Moor (25, three more)
Padstow & St Issey (22, two down)
Trebetherick & Whitecross (23, through seven)
Wadebridge (28, up to three)
St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet (26, new)
Bodmin West (16, down nine)
Bodmin East (27, down eight)
St Neot & St Cleer (17, down five)
Callington and Pensilva (22, until seven)
Gunnislake & Calstock (10, down six)
Altarnun & Stoke Climsland (25, over seven)
Launceston (47, up from 20)
Crackington & Tintagel (29, up from 12)
Camelford & Tresmeer (36, up from 15)
Poundstock and Kilkhampton (28, up from 13)
Bude & Stratton (40, up from 13)