Coronavirus cases rise in Devon, decline in Cornwall


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Devon doubled last week – but almost halved in Cornwall.Government statistics show 42 new cases were 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 34 new confirmed cases in the week last.

This means that an average of 6 instead of 4.85 cases per day is confirmed in the two counties, 32 of the 42 cases with a specimen date having a specimen date of August 14 to August 21, and the remaining ten dating from August. ten.

The number of confirmed cases in Cornwall over the past week has increased from 14 to eight, while the same number of cases, seven, has been recorded in Plymouth – including four in the MSOA area of ​​Honicknowle and Manadon.

Weekly rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population tested

In Torbay the number increased from one to three, while in the rest of Devon the number more than doubled from 12 to 26.

This means that currently in Cornwall an average of 1.14 cases per day are confirmed, with one case per day in Plymouth, with 0.42 cases in Torbay and 3.71 in the rest of Devon.

Among the cases confirmed last week, four of the Cornwall cases occurred on the specimen date of August 14 or later, with five of the cases in Plymouth, 22 in Devon and one in Torbay.

In the Devon County Council region, of the 22 cases, nine were in East Devon (including four in Seaton), four in Exeter, three in Mid Devon and North Devon, two in South Hams and Teignbridge, and one in Torridge. No new cases have been confirmed this week in West Devon.

By specimen date, the most recent case in Teignbridge, Exeter, Mid Devon, Torridge and South Hams is August 19, August 18 in East Devon, Plymouth, North Devon, Torbay and Cornwall, and August 10 in West Devon.

Across the Southwest, 230 cases have so far been confirmed in the previous seven days, including 68 in Swindon, which, despite media reports facing a ‘local lockdown’, has seen the number new cases decrease in the last week.

In terms of cases per specimen between August 11 and August 17 and reported before August 21, there are two areas of average super production in Devon and Cornwall that have had four confirmed cases – Honicknowle & Manadon in Plymouth and Seaton in east Devon. Everywhere had between 0 and 2 cases.

A woman wearing a mask looks at her phone under a sign saying “Stay home”

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Southwest fell the previous week, to 17 from 18, with only one person in intensive care.

This week has seen three hospital deaths in the southwest – but the last death at a hospital in Devon and Cornwall was on June 29 – and for the second week in a row no deaths have been recorded in the Devon in ONS statistics.

The R rate for the southwest is now estimated at 0.8 to 1.1, down from 0.8 to 1.0 last week, and could be both the lowest and the highest in the country, but it covers a large geographic area and low numbers of cases. means that the estimates are not strong enough to inform policy decisions.

Torridge remains the place in England with the lowest overall positivity rate, and occupies 3rd place overall behind Na h-Eileanan Siar (Outer Hebrides) and the Orkney Islands.

Including Scotland and Wales, the South Hams are 7th, North Devon 9th, West Devon 10th, Teignbridge 13th, East Devon 14th, Cornwall 15th, Exeter 21 st , Torbay 27th, Mid Devon 48th and Plymouth 51st of the 369 regions

In total, Torridge had 57 positive cases, West Devon 75, with 103 in South Hams, 125 in North Devon, 215 in Mid Devon, 217 in Teignbridge, 239 in East Devon, 258 in Exeter, 288 in Torbay, 693 in Plymouth and 961 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Trials underway at Leeds Temple Green Park and Ride, as part of the UK government’s campaign to increase testing for thousands more NHS workers

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. Although there may have been new confirmed cases of coronavirus 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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