Covid ‘clusters’ in EVERY East Devon ward – with 217 new cases across district in a week

Coronavirus ‘clusters’ have been identified in every ward in East Devon – with 217 new cases confirmed across the district in the past week.

 All 20 wards in the area – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections.

The highest numbers are in Exmouth Town (22) and Ottery and West Hill (18).

And the new cases recorded in East Devon in the last week represent an increase of ten when compared to the previous seven-day period.

There were 189 new cases in Exeter – a small week-on-week decrease.

A total of 1,130 Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in East Devon and 2,279 in Exeter.

Some 2,068 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the last seven days across Devon and Cornwall – the highest weekly number yet.

The previous seven days (October 31 – November 5) had 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 20 East Devon areas

 Twenty ‘clusters’ – where three or more Covid cases have been confirmed – have been identified in all of East Devon’s wards:

  • Exmouth Town (22 cases);
  • Ottery St Mary and West Hill (18);
  • Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon (17);
  • Exmouth Littleham (17);
  • Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (15);
  • Newton Poppleford, Otterton and Woodbury (15);
  • Feniton and Whimple (15);
  • Clyst, Exton and Lympstone (13);
  • Honiton South and West (12);
  • Honiton North and East (nine);
  • Budleigh Salterton (eight);
  • Seaton (eight);
  • Exmouth Halsdon (eight);
  • Sidmouth Town (seven);
  • Axminster (seven);
  • Exmouth Brixington (five);
  • Sidbury, Offwell and Beer (five);
  • Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme (five);
  • Dunkeswell, Upottery and Stockland (four);
  • Sidmouth Sidford (four).

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.

‘Clusters’ have also 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).

New cases across Devon

Of the 2,068 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Devon and Cornwall since November 6, 217 were in East Devon and 189 in Exeter.

There were 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 165 were in East Devon, 147 in Exeter, 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 1,130 Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in East Devon and 2,279 in Exeter.

Torridge has had 263 positive cases; 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.

Covid-related deaths

No coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in East Devon and Exeter in the latest weekly figures.

It means the district has gone a fortnight without a fatality due to the virus and the city four months.

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.

Hospital admissions

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.”

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