Coronavirus ‘clusters’ remain in 18 parts of East Devon – with 154 new cases confirmed across district in a week

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter.

And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city.

The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days.

Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38.

Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections.

Clyst, Exton and Lympstone and Sidmouth Town are the only areas where ‘clusters’ of the virus have not been identified.

The district’s highest numbers are currently in Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (15 cases), Honiton North and East (15), Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon (13) and Sidbury, Offwell and Beer (13).

Exmouth’s five wards have a combined total of 46 cases.

In Exeter, Countess Wear and Topsham is the only part of the city without a ‘cluster’.

The biggest numbers of cases are in Central Exeter (19) and Wonford and St Loye’s (15).

A total of 869 new cases have been confirmed across Devon and Cornwall since December 4 – the lowest weekly tally since the beginning of October.

It is 178 less than the total of new cases across both counties the week before.

Clusters across district and city

Covid ‘clusters’ – where three or more Covid cases have been confirmed – have been identified in 18 wards in East Devon:

  • Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (15 cases);
  • Honiton North and East (15);
  • Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon (13);
  • Sidbury, Offwell and Beer (13);
  • Budleigh Salterton (12);
  • Exmouth Brixington (11);
  • Feniton and Whimple (ten);
  • Ottery St Mary and West Hill (ten);
  • Dunkeswell, Upottery and Stockland (nine);
  • Seaton (nine);
  • Axminster (eight);
  • Exmouth Town (eight);
  • Exmouth Littleham (eight);
  • Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme (seven);
  • Honiton South and West (six);
  • Sidmouth Sidford (five);
  • Exmouth Halsdon (four);
  • Newton Poppleford, Otterton and Woodbury (four).

The ‘clusters’ data, last updated yesterday afternoon (Friday, December 11), is based on a rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on December 6.

‘Clusters’ remain in 14 wards in Exeter:

  • Central Exeter (19 cases);
  • Wonford and St Loye’s (15);
  • Middlemoor and Sowton (nine);
  • St James Park and Hoopern (nine);
  • Heavitree West and Polsloe (eight);
  • Heavitree East and Whipton South (eight);
  • Pinhoe and Whipton North (eight);
  • St Leonard’s (seven);
  • Exwick and Foxhayes (five);
  • Alphington and Marsh Barton (five);
  • Mincinglake and Beacon Heath (four);
  • Pennsylvania and University (four);
  • St Thomas West (four);
  • St Thomas East (three).

New cases across Devon and specimen dates

 Of the 869 new cases confirmed in Devon and Cornwall since December 4, 154 were in East Devon and 111 in Exeter.

There were 64 cases in Mid Devon, 92 in North Devon, 154 in Plymouth, 16 in the South Hams, 56 in Teignbridge, 48 in Torbay, 30 in Torridge and 41 in West Devon.

Cornwall recorded 103 cases.

Of the 869 new cases, 664 had a specimen date between December 4 – 10, with 109 of these in East Devon and 86 in Exeter.

There were 51 in Mid Devon, 78 in North Devon, 136 in Plymouth, 11 in the South Hams, 41 in Teignbridge, 32 in Torbay, 21 in Torridge and 30 in West Devon.

Cornwall had 69 cases with specimen dates in the last seven days.

Hospital admissions

The number of people in hospital in the South West though has risen slightly from 904 to 913 in the last seven days.

Figures have been revised upwards in all areas of the UK – but there are 51 patients in mechanical ventilation beds, down from 60 as of last Friday.

NHS England data shows that, as of Tuesday morning (December 8), there were 231 patients across Devon and Cornwall in hospital after a positive Covid-19 test.

This compares to 255 as of December 1.

There were 88 coronavirus patients in the Royal Devon and Exeter (down from 101); 36 in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (down from 45); 23 in Torbay Hospital (down from 28); and 37 in North Devon District Hospital (unchanged).

And the Nightingale Hospital in Exeter has seen an increase from 20 to 32.

The number of Covid-19 patients in mechanical ventilation beds has fallen from 19 to 12 – with four at the RD&E, five at Derriford Hospital and three in North Devon District Hospital.

In the last week there have been 25 deaths within hospitals in Devon and Cornwall within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 death.

Fourteen of these have been in Exeter, seven in North Devon, three in Torbay, and one in Plymouth.

Tier 1 move ‘unlikely’ for now

County council leader John Hart and Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown have warned that it is unlikely that a return to Tier 1 restrictions before Christmas is ‘unlikely’.

The Government will review national tier allocations next week.

Councillor Hart said: “As much as I would like to see restrictions lifted a little in order to support our local tourism and hospitality industry, I fear case numbers are not yet coming down sufficiently to warrant a move to Tier 1.

“I fully recognise that there is a very fine and difficult balance to strike between lives and livelihoods here in Devon.

“If we are to stay in Tier 2 then I would like to see more support from the Government for our hard-pressed local businesses, and the hospitality trade in particular.”

Mr Brown added: “We are still concerned about positive rates among older people, and those in care homes, where we’re seeing most cases being asymptomatic.

“The decline in cases that we have seen in recent weeks has started to slow down and numbers are stabilising.

“We know, from our previous experience in Tier 1, that restrictions at that time did not stop our case numbers rising.

“I therefore do not believe that we are seeing a sufficient drop in cases yet for the Government to decide that Devon should be in Tier 1.

“Please continue to follow the Tier 2 guidance. Do not do not meet up indoors with anyone not in your household or bubble; please remember at all times to maintain your social distance and wear face coverings when you’re indoors in a public space; and please wash your hands regularly.”

Another four Covid-related deaths in East Devon and nine more in Exeter

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