Coronavirus cases in Devon and Cornwall rise to 10,000


The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past seven days has increased in Devon and Cornwall – except in Exeter.The total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 10,000 in both counties, with Plymouth figures now surpassing the 2,000 mark. Plymouth hit 1,000 on October 5.

Government statistics show 1,662 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 1,395 new cases confirmed in the week last.

Cases rose everywhere except Exeter, which saw a decline for the second week in a row, while increases in East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon and West Devon were in single digits.

The biggest increases have been in Plymouth and Cornwall, while Torbay has also seen cases increase dramatically.

Of the 1,662 new cases, 311 were in Cornwall, 124 in East Devon, 196 in Exeter, 52 in Mid Devon, 64 in North Devon, 426 in Plymouth, 76 in South Hams, 117 in Teignbridge, 213 in Torbay, 35 in Torridge and 38 in West Devon.

This compares to the 1,395 new cases confirmed last week, including 188 in Cornwall, 116 in East Devon, 252 in Exeter, 47 in Mid Devon, 55 in North Devon, 369 in Plymouth, 54 in South Hams, 89 in Teignbridge, 182 in Torbay, 18 in Torridge and 35 in West Devon.

Of the 1,662 new cases, 1,108 have a specimen day between October 23 and 29 – compared to 894 of the 1,395 cases in recent weeks with a specimen date between October 16 and 22.

Of the 1,108 cases had a specimen date between October 23 and October 29, 184 of the Cornwall cases occurred during this period, including 88 in East Devon, 116 in Exeter, 36 in Mid Devon , 56 in North Devon, 298 in Plymouth, 60 in South Hams, 69 in Teignbridge, 152 in Torbay, 26 in Torridge and 23 in West Devon.

Maps by specimen date show cases trending down in Exeter, while East Devon and Central Devon are fairly stable but down in the most recent data.

North Devon and Plymouth also show a slight decline on the last day for the seven-day average, but the trend is on the rise in cases, as is the case in Cornwall, Torbay and the rest of Devon.


The number of people hospitalized in the southwest has increased from 248 to 386 compared to last week and there are currently 34 people on mechanical ventilators.

The number of people hospitalized in Devon and Cornwall after a positive COVID-19 test increased by 20% last week.

NHS England figures, released this morning, give the latest details of hospital trust admissions and diagnoses of coronavirus patients.

It shows that as of Tuesday, October 27, the most recent date for which information is available, there were 99 people at Devon hospital and four in Cornwall.

Devon’s figure rose from 73 to Tuesday October 20, but there was no change in the total in Cornwall.

Of the 103 patients, 33 were at Torbay Hospital (up from 30), 32 at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (22), 23 at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (14), 11 at District Hospital from North Devon (7), four at Royal Cornwall Hospital (3), but no one at Cornish Partnership Trust Hospitals (instead of 1).

As of October 27, there were nine patients in mechanical ventilation beds – two in Torbay, Derriford and Exeter and three at Royal Cornwall Hospital – up from six as of October 20.

In the past seven days, ten people have died in hospitals in Devon following a positive COVID-19 test, including one in North Devon and Exeter, two in Plymouth and six in Torbay.

But NHS 111 data for Devon has fallen by around 40% in the past seven days, and in Cornwall it is down by a third, both today at their lowest level since August 22, while the R rate for the southwest fell from 1.3-1.6 to 1.2-1.5

In total, Torridge had 170 positive cases, West Devon 210, with 350 in South Hams, 365 in North Devon, 419 in Mid Devon, 624 in Teignbridge, 706 in East Devon, 955 in Torbay, 1890 in Exeter, 2063 in Plymouth and 2303 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It comes as warnings have been issued that Plymouth and Torbay could be heading towards Level 2 if the current rate of infections continues to rise.

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

Confirmed positive cases are compared to ONS geographic area codes using the postcode of the home of the person tested.

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 PHE to be added to the dataset or have not been received at time for the release of the latest daily figures.


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