New Covid-19 cases in Cornwall and Devon drop to lowest level since September | New
The most recent figures show that of the 108 cases confirmed since May 14, 26 were in the Duchy
The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Devon and Cornwall last week is at its lowest level in early September.
A total of 108 new cases have been confirmed in the two counties since May 14, with a total of 48,287 since the start of the pandemic.
Although the numbers may be slightly higher given Tuesday’s numbers, a series of false positives have been removed from the dataset, resulting in a negative total for the day.
Even so, this is the lowest weekly total as 154 were recorded in the week of September 6 to 12 and, based on daily averages, would be lower than this figure even without false positives being removed from the totals.
The week of August 30 to September 5 was the last time the total was lower, when 96 cases were recorded.
While the numbers in Exeter, South Hams and Teignbridge over the past week are up slightly – none of more than four cases – cases in Plymouth nearly quadrupled last week, although slightly affected by a string of falsehoods. positive the week before.
Infection rates in Cornwall, Devon and Torbay are in the bottom ten in England with Plymouth just outside, but rates in the city are dropping faster than anywhere else in the region.
What do the numbers show?
Government statistics show 108 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 184 new cases confirmed in the week last.
Of the 108 new cases confirmed since May 14, 26 were in Cornwall, 5 in East Devon, 11 in Exeter, 4 in Mid Devon, 6 in North Devon, 14 in Plymouth, 19 in South Hams, 13 in Teignbridge, 4 in Torbay, 2 in Torridge and 4 in West Devon.
Of the 184 new cases confirmed between May 8 and May 14, 41 were in Cornwall, 15 in East Devon, 7 in Exeter, 8 in Mid Devon, 10 in North Devon, 48 in Plymouth, 17 in South Hams, 11 in Teignbridge , 16 in Torbay, 3 in Torridge and 8 in West Devon.
Infection rates are highest in 0-19 year olds in Devon and Cornwall – although lower than this time of the same week – with eight of 11 regions recording no cases in those over 80 years.
At the district level, infection rates in South Hams and West Devon are highest in 0-19 year olds, in Torbay, Plymouth and East Devon in 20-39 year olds, Exeter and Teignbridge in 40-59 years and in the years 60-79 Mid Devon, North Devon and Torridge – the latter region seeing only its only cases in this age group.
No cases in 0-19 years in North Devon and Torridge, 20-39 years in Torridge and West Devon, 40-59 years in Torridge, 60-79 years in West Devon and over 80 years in Torbay, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge and West Devon were recorded from specimens from May 9 to 15.
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health for Devon, said: “While the coronavirus is still present in our communities and people are still at risk of catching and spreading it, the common sense approach is the prudent approach.
“About one in three people who catch coronavirus do not have symptoms and can therefore pass the virus on to others without knowing it.
“And while vaccines reduce the chances of catching and transmitting COVID-19, and serious illness, they don’t eliminate the risk because protection against the virus is not guaranteed.
“I ask people to always remain vigilant of the risks as we take the latest easing of restrictions. We are allowed to do a little more now, but just because we can, doesn’t mean we have to do it.” .
He added: “Make the tests part of your regular week. Make them part of a routine and also use the lateral flow device tests when you know you are likely to meet friends or family.
“These tests are so quick now that you will have your result and your peace of mind in half an hour.
“If he comes back positive, then you will prevent others from catching him by staying home and having a confirmatory test.”
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon
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