First coronavirus-related death in two months is recorded in East Devon

The first coronavirus-related death in two months has been recorded in East Devon – while Exeter has now gone 18 weeks without a fatality.

Weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published on Tuesday (October 27) showed eight further deaths due to the virus have been logged across Devon and Cornwall.

Six of these relate to the week of October 10 to 16 and were registered up to October 24.

Four were in Torbay care homes and one was in Plymouth.

One East Devon resident died at home.

The other two deaths in this week’s data were in Cornwall and Plymouth and have been respectively backdated to April.

Five fatalities had been recorded across both counties in the previous seven-day period.

Across Devon, the South Hams and North Devon have gone 21 weeks without a coronavirus-related death, Torridge 20, Exeter and Teignbridge 18, Mid Devon 12, and West Devon six weeks.

In total, 51 Covid-19 deaths have been registered in East Devon; 19 of them in hospital, 29 in care homes and three at home.

The total for Exeter is 39; 16 of them in hospital, 21 in care homes and two at home.

Some 596 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered across Devon and Cornwall; 311 in hospitals, 237 in care homes, 46 at home, and one in a ‘communal establishment’.

Of these, 101 have been in Plymouth, 63 in Torbay, 33 in Teignbridge, 26 in North Devon, 20 in Torridge, 19 in both Mid Devon and West Devon, and 12 in the South Hams

A total of 213 deaths due to the virus have been registered in Cornwall.

The ONS figures for Devon and Cornwall include people who have died at home, in hospital, in care homes, hospices, ‘other’ communal places, or ‘elsewhere’.

They are broken down by the local authority area in which the deaths were registered.

Government figures show at total of 499 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in East Devon to date. The number for Exeter is 1,524.

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