Coronavirus cases down in Devon – but up in Cornwall


The number of coronavirus cases confirmed last week rose in Cornwall – but fell in Devon. Figures show 41 new cases have been confirmed in the region in the past seven days in pillar 1 data from NHS testing and pillar 2 data from trading partners, compared to 31 new cases confirmed last week .

That means an average of 5.88 cases per day in the two counties is confirmed, up from 4.57 last week.

But while the number of confirmed cases in Cornwall nearly doubled last week from 10 to 19, and there was a slight increase from 3 to 5 in Torbay, the numbers in Plymouth have remained the same, while that in the rest of Devon country cases have increased from 15 to 12.

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

Of the 41 new cases, 25 of them in the region occurred by date of sampling in the last seven days since July 24, with the remaining 16 having occurred in the previous seven days.

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

July 31 card of coronavirus cases

In 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 the Mid Devon, West Devon or the South Hams. .

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

By specimen date, the most recent confirmed case in Cornwall and Plymouth was July 29, Torridge July 28 (her first case in 19 days), East Devon, North Devon and Exeter July 27, Torbay July 26, Teignbridge July 25, Mid Devon July 21, South Hams July 19 and West Devon June 26.

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health for Devon, said: ‘Although the southwest R value is an important estimate of ongoing transmission, it covers a large geographic 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’s cases remain very low with seven new cases recorded last week.

“Although there have been hot spots in other parts of the region, COVID-19 cases in Devon remain very low, Devon District Council areas represent four of the five local authorities in lower level ”lowest in England for confirmed coronavirus cases, making Devon one of the lowest ranked regions in the country for coronavirus cases.

“And Devon’s infection rate is the second lowest of more than 150 top tier boards in England. “This is in part because our residents follow national guidelines on home keeping, social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks. We must continue this momentum.

Across the Southwest, 174 new cases were confirmed the previous week, although 70 of those cases are in Swindon, including at least 51 cases linked to a logistics depot.

Of the 29 districts in the region, which stretches from Cornwall to Dorset and Gloucestershire, and over a ten-day period, only Swindon, Bristol and Wiltshire are reporting on average more than two new cases per day.

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In terms of cases per specimen between July 20-26 and reported by July 29, only St Thomas West (Cowick) in the Middle Super Output areas of Devon and Cornwall had three confirmed cases, with all other areas reporting between 0 and 2 cases.

In the Southwest, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased for the first time since the week of May, although it was only an increase of one, with 20 people hospitalized today Today compared to 19 on July 24, and there were 48 at the start of the month.

There is currently no one on a mechanical ventilator in hospitals in the South West, and it has been 13 days since a hospital death occurred, with the last hospital death in Devon and Cornwall being on June 29.

Torridge, despite its first case in 19 days, remains the district of England with the lowest positive case infection rate in all of England per 100,000 population, with the South Hams now 2nd, North Devon 4 e , West Devon 5 e , East Devon 8 e , Teignbridge 9e, Cornwall 10e, Exeter 15 e , Torbay 21e, Plymouth 37 e and Mid Devon 39th out of 315 English council districts.

Torridge also had the fewest cases of any district, with West Devon 2nd, and South Hams and North Devon also in the bottom five.

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

Cases of COVID-19 are identified by taking samples from people and sending those samples to laboratories in the UK for testing. If the test is positive, it is a laboratory confirmed case.

Confirmed positive cases are matched to ONS geographic area codes using the postal code of the test person’s home.

The data is now indicated by the date the sample was taken from the person tested, and while it provides a useful analysis of the progression of cases over time, this means that the numbers for the past few days can be incomplete.

Cases received from laboratories before 12:30 p.m. are included in the tally published that day. While there may have been new confirmed coronavirus cases or people who have tested positive, these test results have not yet reached the PHE to be added to the dataset or have not been received. in time for the latest daily figures to be released.


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