Weekly government figures show 379 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Exeter – with ‘clusters’ identified in every area of the city.
Public health chiefs have called for extra vigilance after infections among students dropped, but increased in the wider community.
A total of 1,442 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in Exeter.
The city’s infection rate of 1,097.4 per 100,000 people is currently marginally above the national average.
There were 1,133 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall.
Statistics are from both ‘pillar one’ NHS data and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial partners.
Six-hundred-and-three new cases had been confirmed across Exeter in the previous seven days.
However, around half of these were backdated to a widely-reported national database glitch.
‘Clusters’ have been identified in all 15 areas of Exeter in:
- Pennsylvania and University (193 cases);
- Central Exeter (66);
- St James Park and Hoopern (56);
- Middlemoor and Sowton (28);
- Mincinglake and Beacon Heath (23);
- Alphington and Marsh Barton (20);
- Pinhoe and Whipton North (19);
- St Leonard’s (18);
- Heavitree West and Polsloe (14);
- Wonford and St Loye’s (14);
- St Thomas East (12);
- Heavitree East and Whipton South (ten);
- Exwick and Foxhayes (nine).
- St Thomas West (nine);
- Countess Wear and Topsham (seven).
The ‘clusters’ data, last updated yesterday afternoon (Friday, October 16), is based on a rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on October 11.
Figures are based on Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA) in England – broken down into zones of around 7,200 people.
Reduction in student cases but rise in wider community
Devon’s director of public health Dr Virginia Pearson said: “The pattern in Exeter has shown a successful reduction in student cases with no sign of significant spread thanks to the swift actions of the university and other partners in working together to contain the situation. But we must not be complacent.
“We are now seeing more community cases in Exeter and across Devon, in line with the rise in the rest of the country, particularly in the working-age population, and we expect cases to increase over the next few weeks.
“These cases cannot be linked to university students and the coronavirus appears to be passing between people outside of Covid-secure settings, which suggests that community spread is now occurring.
“Obviously, we want to limit the impact on people in older age groups and on to those who are particularly vulnerable so the time to act is now.
“Everyone – and particularly those people of working age – must be extra vigilant about maintaining social distancing, handwashing, wearing face coverings and avoiding social mixing if they can.”
New cases across Devon and specimen dates
Some 943 new cases of coronavirus have been across Devon in the past week.
Of these, 379 were in Exeter, 69 in East Devon, 39 in Mid Devon, 50 in North Devon, and 176 in Plymouth.
There were 41 cases in the South Hams, 71 in Teignbridge, 88 in Torbay, 23 in Torridge and 27 in West Devon.
Cornwall recorded 170 new cases.
Of the 943 Devon cases, 581 had a specimen dare of between October 9 and October 15.
Two-hundred-and-eighteen of these were in Exeter and 50 in East Devon.
There were 109 in Plymouth, 45 in Torbay, 44 in Teignbridge, 40 in North Devon, 26 in the South Hams, 21 in Mid Devon, 15 in Torridge, and 13 in West Devon.
Eight-two of Cornwall’s cases has specimen dates in the past week.
The number of people in hospital in the South West in the past week has risen to 151 from 77 and there are currently 17 people on a mechanical ventilator.
How the figures compare to the previous week
Of the 1,369 Covid cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall in the week before last, 745 had a specimen date between October 2 and 8.
Some 310 of these were in Exeter and 45 were in East Devon.
Covid cases totals and infection rates
Devon has recorded a total of 3,376 confirmed coronavirus cases. The county’s infection rate is 420.8 per 100,000 people.
Of these, 1,442 have been in Exeter, where the infection rate is 1,097.4.
East Devon’s total is 466 and its infection rate 318.6.
There has been a total of 1,268 cases in Plymouth, 550 in Torbay, 418 in Teignbridge, 320 in Mid Devon, 256 in North Devon, 220 in the South Hams, 137 in West Devon, and 117 in Torridge.
The total in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is 1,804 cases.
A total of 584,843 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in England. The national infection rate is 1,039 per 100,000 people.