Exeter Uni now in top 10 hotspots for coronavirus cases in England


The university region of Exeter has jumped into the top ten for regions in England with positive Covid-19 cases with an increase from 127 to 223 cases in today’s updated figures showing the largest clusters of coronavirus of the country.The figures show how many confirmed cases were found in each MSOA (Middle Super Output Areas) between Monday, September 28 and Friday, October 2.

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 university area of ​​Exeter is among the top 10 most affected in the country

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.

The University of Exeter

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:

Devon now has 40 positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) – and one of the ten worst cases in England


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

Wellswood 4

Torquay Central 4

Ellacombe 3

Clifton and Maidenway 3

Paignton Central 3

Goodrington et Roselands 3

Churston et Galmpton 3


Kingskerswell 3

Kingsteignton 4

Starcross et Exminster 4

Dawlish Nord 3

Teignmouth Sud 6

Ashburton et Buckfastleigh 4

West Devon

Tavistock 3

Bere Alston, Yelverton Buckland monks and 3

North Devon

Woolacombe, Georgeham et Croyde (3)

Braunton (5)

East Devon

Honiton North and East 3

Middle Devon

Tiverton West (3)

Bradninch, Silverton et Thorverton (5)


Downtown, Barbican and Sutton Harbor 11

Ernesettle 3

Tamerton Foliot 7

Derriford and Estover 4

Keyham 5

Mannamead et Hartley 3

Cattedown et Prince Rock 4

Plymstock Elburton 5


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