Latest figures show cases continue to fall

By Daniel Clark   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Friday 31st July 2020 4:01 pm
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The South Hams has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, data from the Office of National Statistics shows.

Across Devon as a whole cases continue to fall, though in neighbouring Cornwall numbers are on the rise, increasing to 19 from 10 on the previous week’s figures.

It means an average of 5.88 cases a day across the two counties are being confirmed, compared to 4.57 last week.

Torbay and Plymouth are seeing an average of 0.7 cases a day confirmed, with 1.7 cases a day in the Devon County Council area, and 2.7 cases a day in Cornwall.

Of the 41 new cases, 25 of them across the region have occurred by specimen date in the last seven days since July 24, with the remaining 16 having occurred in the previous seven-day period.

In Cornwall, 13 cases by specimen date have occurred since July 24, with three in Plymouth, two in Torbay, and seven in Devon.

Across the Devon County Council area, of the 12 cases, three were confirmed in East Devon, four in Exeter, three in North Devon, one in Torridge, and one in Teignbridge, with no cases in Mid Devon, West Devon or the South Hams.

Last week saw four in East Devon, five in Exeter, three in Mid Devon and four in Teignbridge. The South Hams saw one new case confirmed, but two historical duplicate cases have been removed, while North Devon, Torridge and West Devon saw no new cases confirmed.

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health for Devon, said: “While the Southwest R value is an important estimate of ongoing transmission, it covers a huge geographical area from the Isles of Scilly to Bristol and taken on its own does not show the rate of growth of coronavirus infections or accurately reflect what is happening in Devon. Devon cases remain very low with seven new cases recorded in the last week.

“While there have been hotspots in other parts of the region COVID-19 cases in Devon remain very low, with Devon’s district council areas accounting for four of the lowest five ‘lower tier local authorities’ in England for confirmed coronavirus cases, making Devon one of the lowest ranking areas of the country for coronavirus cases.

“And Devon’s infection rate is the second lowest of more than 150 ‘upper tier’ councils in England. “This is in part thanks to our residents following national guidance on staying home, social distancing, handwashing and wearing facemasks. We need to keep that up.”

The South Hams now sits second among districts in England when ranked by lowest positive case infection rate per 100,000 population, with Torridge, despite its first case for 19 days, staying at number one. North Devon is fourth, West Devon fifth, East Devon eighth, Teignbridge ninth, Cornwall 10th, Exeter 15th, Torbay 21st, Plymouth 37th, and Mid Devon 39th out of the 315 English council districts in this list.

Torridge has also had the fewest number of cases of any of the districts, with West Devon second, and the South Hams and North Devon also in the bottom five.

In total, the South Hams has had just 98 cases; there has been 54 in Torridge, 72 in West Devon, 122 in North Devon, 210 in Mid Devon, 214 in Teignbridge, 222 in East Devon, 248 in Exeter, 282 in Torbay, 673 in Plymouth and 923 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


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