Weekly figures show 11 new Covid-19 cases in East Devon – and 50 more in Exeter

Eleven new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with 50 more in Exeter.

Government statistics show numbers across Devon and Cornwall have more than doubled in seven days.

An overall total of 294 cases have now been confirmed in East Devon and 353 in Exeter, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

Figures published yesterday (Friday, September 25), a total 365 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed across Devon and Cornwall in the past week.

This is compared to 155 in the previous seven days.

The numbers come from both ‘pillar one’ data, from NHS tests, and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial partners.

Numbers in the Devon County Council area – which does not include Plymouth or Torbay – doubled from 48 to 96.

Plymouth saw a rise from 45 to 74 and Torbay two to 18.

Mid Devon and Torridge have seen a fall in numbers, while those in Teignbridge and West Devon have remained the same.

New cases in Cornwall nearly tripled from 60 to 179.

An overall total of 912 positive Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Plymouth, 338 in Torbay, 256 in Teignbridge, 241 in Mid Devon, and 153 in North Devon.

There have been 142 in the South Hams, 81 in West Devon, and 71 in Torridge.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have had 1,265 confirmed cases.

Nationally, East Devon has the 14thlowest infection rate per 100,000 people out of 369 local authority areas.

Exeter has the 32ndlowest.

The Covid-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these to laboratories around the UK to be tested. If positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.

Confirmed positive cases are matched to Office for National Statistics geographical area codes using the home postcode of the person tested.

Of the region’s 365 new cases in the past week, 11 were in East Devon and 50 in Exeter.

There were 179 in Cornwall, two in Mid Devon, six in North Devon, 74 in Plymouth, 15 in the South Hams, seven in Teignbridge, 18 in Torbay, one in Torridge, and two in West Devon.

Of the 365 new cases confirmed in Devon and Cornwall, 303 have a specimen date between September 18 and 24.

Nine of these were in East Devon and 47 in Exeter.

Some of the other 62 dated back to August, but the majority were from between September 14 and 17.

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