Within days, the number of clusters (areas with more than three positive cases) exploded across Devon.
There are now nine clusters in Exeter, eight in Plymouth, 10 in Torbay and six in Teignbridge – others can also be found in North Devon, West Devon and Mid Devon.
The numbers have risen since schools and college students returned to campus. MP Ben Bradshaw has accused the government of “forcing” the University of Exeter to abandon its own “excellent” coronavirus testing system as the numbers continue to soar.
The university uses a 24-hour “rapid response” system in conjunction with a company called Halo, which is committed to delivering results within 24 hours of a test.
This table shows the regions of England with the highest number of new cases up to October 2. Like Exeter, many are in areas with a university campus. There was anger when hundreds of college students were filmed in Exeter ignoring coronavirus social distancing laws during Freshers Week.
Today, the Exeter College nursery closed its doors until October 19 following a confirmed case of coronavirus at the nursery behind Queen Street in the city center.
In Torbay, the first coronavirus-related death in four months has been recorded as infections increase, especially among young people.
Public health director Caroline Dimond reported that the elderly woman died this week – after figures were released showing no deaths in Devon and Cornwall. Ms Dimond said half of the most recent 118 cases were among young people aged 15 to 39.
Here is the full list of clusters in Devon according to government MSOA maps:
Pennsylvania and university 223
Centre d’Exeter 55
St James and Hoopern Park 30
Cranbrook, Broadclyst et Stoke Canon 6
St Thomas West 4
Heavitree West et Polsloe 6
Mincinglake et Beacon Heath 5
Pinhoe and Whipton North 4
Clyst, Exton et Lympstone 9
St Marychurch et Maidencombe 14
Shiphay and the Willows 5
Chelston, Cockington et Livermead 3
Torquay Central 4
Clifton and Maidenway 3
Paignton Central 3
Goodrington et Roselands 3
Churston et Galmpton 3
Starcross et Exminster 4
Dawlish Nord 3
Teignmouth Sud 6
Ashburton et Buckfastleigh 4
Bere Alston, Yelverton Buckland monks and 3
Woolacombe, Georgeham et Croyde (3)
Honiton North and East 3
Tiverton West (3)
Bradninch, Silverton et Thorverton (5)
Downtown, Barbican and Sutton Harbor 11
Tamerton Foliot 7
Derriford and Estover 4
Mannamead et Hartley 3
Cattedown et Prince Rock 4
Plymstock Elburton 5