Eight new confirmed coronavirus cases recorded in East Devon and Exeter in past 10 days

Eight confirmed new coronavirus cases have been recorded in East Devon and Exeter in the last 10 days, according to government statistics.

The figures, broken down into local authorities and last updated this afternoon (Monday, May 18), also show the infection rate per 100,000 people in both areas.

Data shows there have been a total of 136 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in East Devon to date, where the infection rate is 94.2.

This is an increase of four cases since Friday, May 8.

The area’s total is just 0.05 per cent of the UK overall tally of 246,406 cases.

In Exeter, there have been a total of 165 Covid-19 cases to date and the infection rate is 126.5 per 100,000 people.

This is also an increase of four cases since May 8.

Nationally, East Devon has the 11th lowest infection rate and 32nd lowest number of cases of the 316 local authority areas in the country.

Exeter has the 34th lowest infection rate and 60th lowest number of cases.

The total of confirmed cases across Devon stands at 795, with the infection rate 100.

Elsewhere in the county, there have been 347 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Plymouth (where the infection rate is 131 per 100,000 people), 221 in Torbay (162.8), and 146 in Teignbridge (109.9).

There have been 35 cases in Torridge (51.4), 53 in West Devon (95.4), 78 in the South Hams (90.5), 82 in North Devon (85.3), and 85 in Mid Devon (104).

There have been 561 confirmed coronavirus cases in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with an infection rate of 98.7.

The area with the lowest number of cases in the country is City of London with 17 (infection rate 195.3), while the highest is Birmingham with 3,303 (289.4).

Torridge in Devon has the lowest infection rate at 51.4 (35 cases), while the highest is Barrow-in-Furness with 826.7 (555 cases).

Councillor John Hart, leader of Devon County Council, said: “Fortunately, we had limited confirmed cases given the size of the population in Devon at the time of the lockdown on March 23.

“This, and the fact that Devon residents have followed the ‘stay at home’ and social distancing measures so well, has helped levels stay low.

“I want to thank residents and businesses for following these measures, I have no doubt that it has helped save lives.

“I understand that the lockdown has been difficult but I would ask people to continue to follow these guidelines.

“There are many vulnerable people in Devon, so please think twice before travelling, think about the impact on your neighbours, think about the risks and please continue to wash your hands regularly and abide by the social distancing guidelines.”

Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of Exeter City Council, said that, while it was good news that Exeter had the lowest infection rate of any city, there was still fear a big spike could still hit the region.

He added: “Coronavirus had the ability to get here, but I think people have been disciplined here.

“We do not have a big industrial base here in Exeter and lots of people are working from home, probably a higher proportion than other areas, and they can carry on for a while.

“There is also space between us and the next largest city, so we are not part of a big conurbation, so that may have restricted it well.

“We do need to be careful as people travelling a bit further and that they bring something with them, and that could be out biggest fear that it could spark something up.

“I can understand the tourist business wanting to spark up and we have to be careful we don’t suffer a big spike here.”

New figures reveal 293 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon and Exeter

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