Weekly figures show 189 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Exeter – with ‘clusters’ of the virus remaining in all 15 wards of the city.
The latest statistics represent a small decrease of seven infections from the previous seven-day period.
Highest numbers are in the Pennsylvania and University (28 cases), St James Park and Hoopern (26), and Wonford and St Loye’s (20) areas.
A total of 2,279 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed in Exeter.
There were 217 new cases in East Devon – a week-on-week increase of ten.
Some 2,068 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the last seven days across Devon and Cornwall – the highest weekly number yet.
The previous seven days (October 31 – November 5) has seen 1,946 cases recorded.
A total of 14,071 cases have been confirmed in both counties since the beginning of the pandemic.
‘Clusters’ in 15 parts of Exeter
‘Clusters’ have been identified in all of Exeter’s 15 wards:
- Pennsylvania and University (28 cases);
- St James Park and Hoopern (26);
- Wonford and St Loye’s (20);
- Central Exeter (16);
- St Leonard’s (16);
- Middlemoor and Sowton (14);
- Pinhoe and Whipton North (14);
- Heavitree West and Polsloe (12);
- Countess Wear and Topsham (ten);
- Mincinglake and Beacon Heath (ten);
- Heavitree East and Whipton South (nine);
- Alphington and Marsh Barton (seven);
- St Thomas West (five);
- Exwick and Foxhayes (five);
- St Thomas East (three).
The ‘clusters’ data, last updated yesterday afternoon (Friday, November 13), is based on a rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on November 8.
Figures are based on Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA) in England – broken down into zones of around 7,200 people.
Students urges to get tested before heading home
The University of Exeter is encouraging all students to get a Covid-19 test before returning home for Christmas.
Most teaching will be moved online when the current national lockdown end on December 3.
And the Government asking for a ‘student travel window’ to be utilised from December 3-9.
University of Exeter registrar and secretary Mike Shore-Nye said in a message to students that Covid rates in an around campuses ‘are relatively low at this moment’.
But he added that extra testing capacity is being made available to universities.
Shore-Nye said: “Testing is not mandatory, but we encourage those wishing to travel home and who want to be aware of their Covid status to get a test.”
Students who test positive must self-isolate at their current location for ten days.
Those who are identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for 14 days.
However, Mr Shore-Nye said new guidance is expected which ‘may allow close contacts to continue their isolation at another address if they have received a series of negative test results’.
He added: “For this plan to work, and for us to be able to ensure that everyone who wishes to is able to travel to be with friends and loved ones over the Christmas break, it is vital that we all observe the current national restrictions in place as part of the second national lockdown period.
“As a community we have made big sacrifices and made a great deal of progress in getting our own Covid-19 cases under control.”
New cases across Devon
Of the 2,068 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Devon and Cornwall since November 6, 189 were in Exeter.
There were 217 were in East Devon; 67 in Mid Devon; 108 in North Devon; 496 in Plymouth; 73 in the South Hams; 100 in Teignbridge; 270 in Torbay; 52 in Torridge, 56 in West Devon; and 440 in Cornwall.
Of the 2,068 new cases across Devon and Cornwall, 1,558 had a specimen date between November 6 – 12.
And of these 147 were in Exeter, 165 in East Devon, 53 in Mid Devon, 78 in North Devon, 348 in Plymouth, 58 in the South Hams, 71 in Teignbridge, 200 in Torbay, 46 in Torridge and 43 in West Devon.
There were 349 cases in Cornwall.
Total Covid cases
A total of 2,279 Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in Exeter.
East Devon has had 1,130 positive cases; Torridge 263; West Devon 327; with 502 in the South Hams; 559 in Mid Devon; 586 in North Devon; 827 in Teignbridge; 1,530 in Torbay; 2,984 in Plymouth; and 3,084 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
No coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in Exeter or East Devon in the latest weekly figures.
It means the city has now gone a four months without a fatality due to the virus.
Weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published on Tuesday (November 10) show 11 Covid-related deaths have been logged across all of Devon.
Six of these were in Torbay, two in Plymouth, and one in each of Mid Devon, the South Hams, and Torridge.
The data relates to deaths that occurred during the week of October 24 – 30, but were registered up to November 7.
Across Devon, Exeter has gone 20 weeks without a coronavirus-related death, West Devon eight weeks, East Devon two weeks, and North Devon and Teignbridge one.
Cornwall had gone three weeks.
In total, 50 Covid-19 deaths have been registered in East Devon; 19 of them in hospital, 29 in care homes and two at home.
The total for Exeter is 39; 16 of them in hospital, 21 in care homes and two at home.
Some 624 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered across Devon and Cornwall; 332 in hospitals, 245 in care homes, 46 at home, one in a hospice, and one ‘elsewhere’.
Of these, 106 have been in Plymouth, 77 in Torbay, 35 in Teignbridge, 27 in North Devon, 22 in Torridge, 21 in Mid Devon, 19 in West Devon, and 14 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.
The number of people in hospital in the South West has risen to 759 from 514 from last week, but admissions data has stopped rising.
And the most recent day of data available was the lowest since October 30, while there are currently 58 people on a mechanical ventilator, down from 67 as of last Friday.
NHS England figures show that, as of Tuesday morning (November 10), there were 220 patients in hospital across Devon and Cornwall after a positive Covid-19 test.
Of them, 69 were in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (up from 38); 43 in Torbay Hospital (38), 19 in North Devon District Hospital (16), 76 in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (64), three in Cornish Partnership Trust hospitals (0), and four at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (down from six).
The number of patients in mechanical ventilation beds has fallen from 18 to 17 in the last seven days (as of November 10).
Two of these were at the RD&E, one was at Torbay Hospital, five in Derriford Hospital, and nine in North Devon District Hospital.
‘Fewer people are out and about’
Devon County Council leader John Hart has thanked residents for responding positively to the national lockdown restrictions.
Councillor Hart said: “The figures suggest that fewer people are out and about, and making journeys only if and when they’re necessary.
“That’s what we need to see. I want to thank our residents for the positive way that they have so far responded to this second national lockdown.
“Even with the welcome announcement this week of a vaccine, we must not become complacent.
“While that of course is an excellent breakthrough, we must not relax our efforts. We must continue to follow the national rules around Space, Face and Hands.”[asp_product id=”17531″]