Fall of covid cases in Devon – Radio Exe
Except in Torbay and Torridge
Covid cases continue to fall across much of Devon, but have increased in Torbay and Torridge.
Government figures for the week through Thursday September 9 show infections have fallen 14% in the Devon County Council area and 10% in Plymouth, but Torbay’s rate is up 6% .
The infection rates of 396 and 388 cases per 100,000 population in Plymouth and Torbay are above the UK average of 374. Devon’s is below 302.
Among the county district areas, Torridge recorded the only increase, with cases increasing by a fifth. However, the region’s infection rate remains below the national average at 346.
Elsewhere, East and West Devon saw the largest decline – each down around a third from last week. Infections in South Hams, Teignbridge and Mid Devon also fell just under 20%.
The highest district infection rate in the county is North Devon, where the number of recorded infections (364) was the same as last week.
Many areas of Devon are now below the national average – a significant improvement from just over a fortnight ago, when the southwest was designated as an ‘improved response area’ to help combat the growing infection weeks coinciding with the tourist season and the Boardmasters music festival. in Cornwall.
However, some experts believe that the recent return of children to school could see a further increase, such as that seen in Scotland at the end of August.
The recent drop in infections has also led to a slight reduction in the number of people being treated for covid in hospitals in Devon, with the figure declining by 11 last week.
The latest figures from Tuesday, September 7 show 135 covid patients in county hospitals, including 56 in Derriford in Plymouth, 45 at RD&E, 18 in Torbay and 16 in North Devon. Of the total number of patients, 17 are in mechanical ventilation beds.
Twenty-eight other people died in the county within 28 days of testing positive for covid during the last full seven-day period (through Thursday, September 9 inclusive). Seventeen were in the Devon County Council area, 10 in Plymouth and one in Torbay.
A total of 1,177 people in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) have died within 28 days of testing positive since the start of the pandemic.
Government figures for vaccinations now include people aged 16 and over.
The number of people who have received at least one dose of a vaccine is now 87% in Devon County Council, 85% in Torbay and 84% in Plymouth.
The proportion of people now fully vaccinated with both vaccines is now 81% in Devon, 78% in Torbay and 76% in Plymouth.