A Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust spokesperson said:
“We are sad to confirm that six people who had been cared for at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died over the last five days.
They were aged between 78 and 97 years.
This is a deeply upsetting and difficult time for the families concerned and out of respect for their privacy we will not be commenting further.
Our staff have been working hard to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 here in Cornwall and are pulling together to do their very best for our patients – our families, our friends, our colleagues.”
The announcement of deaths has first and foremost to follow time for families to be informed and then to be coordinated with national announcements, so numbers are accurately reported. This does mean there will sometimes be a delay between the time of death and when an announcement is made. Therefore, today’s figure should not be interpreted as a sharp rise in the number of cases in Cornwall over the last 24 hours, as deaths have occurred over the last five days.