Week-on-week figures show the number confirmed Covid-19 cases in East Devon and Exeter has dropped – with virus ‘clusters’ in 17 parts of the district and every part of the city.
A further 152 infections have been confirmed across the East Devon – with another 110 in Exeter.
The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 69 when compared to the previous seven days.
Exeter’s number is a drop of 148.
All but three of the wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections.
Sidmouth Town; Newton Poppleford, Otterton and Woodbury; and Sidbury, Ofwell and Beer are the only areas where ‘clusters’ of the virus have not currently been identified.
The district’s highest numbers are in Ottery St Mary and West Hill (25 cases) and Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon.
Exmouth’s five wards have a combined total of 39 cases.
In Exeter, Countess Wear and Topsham is the only part of the city without a ‘cluster’.
The biggest numbers of cases in Exeter are in Middlemoor and Sowton (21 cases) and Heavitree East and Whipton South (12).
A further six coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon, and nine more in Exeter, according to the weekly figures.
The latest government figures show at total of 3,578 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in East Devon to date.
The district’s infection rate is 2,445.9 per 100,000 people.
The total for Exeter is 4,526 cases, with the city’s infection rate 3,444.3.
As of yesterday evening (Friday, January 29), the number of coronavirus cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall had fallen by a third in a week.
A total of 2,327 new cases were confirmed across the two counties in the last seven days.
This is compared to 3,521 cases in the previous week.
Of the 2,327 cases confirmed since January 22, 152 were in East Devon and 110 in Exeter.
There were 107 cases in Mid Devon; 51 in North Devon; 382 in Plymouth; 80 in the South Hams; 137 in Teignbridge; 211 in Torbay; 30 in Torridge; and 62 in West Devon.
Cornwall recorded 1,005 new cases in a week.
How does it compare to the previous week?
This compared to the 3,521 Covid-19 cases confirmed between January 16 and 22.
Of these, 221 were in East Devon; 258 in Exeter, 127 in Mid Devon; 72 in North Devon; 794 in Plymouth; 147 in South Hams; 245 in Teignbridge; 278 in Torbay; 39 in Torridge; and 111 in West Devon.
The number for Cornwall was 1,229.
A total of 1,811 of the 2,327 Covid-19 cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall in the last week have a specimen date between January 22 – 28.
Of these, 116 were in East Devon; 90 in Exeter; 70 in Mid Devon; 34 in North Devon; 272 in Plymouth; 62 in the South Hams; 105 in Teignbridge; 211 in Torbay; 26 in Torridge; 44 in West Devon; and 814 in Cornwall.
Positive tests rates
The latest positivity rate for coronavirus tests carried out in East Devon is 3.9 per cent and 4.9 per cent in Exeter.
It is 5.4 per cent in Mid Devon; 2.3 pr cent in North Devon; 6.2 per cent in Plymouth; 4.2 per cent in the South Hams; 4.7 per cent in Teignbridge; 4.3 per cent in Torbay; 1.5 per cent in Torridge; and 4.2 per cent in West Devon.
The rate in Cornwall is 5.7 per cent.
Clusters across district and city
Seventeen ‘clusters’ – where three or more Covid cases have been confirmed – have been identified in East Devon:
- Ottery St Mary and West Hill (25 cases);
- Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon (18);
- Exmouth Littleham (12);
- Honiton North and East (12);
- Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh (ten);
- Feniton and Whimple (ten);
- Axminster (nine);
- Dunkeswell, Upottery and Stockland (nine);
- Exmouth Brixington (seven);
- Clyst, Exton and Lympstone (seven);
- Budleigh Salterton (six);
- Seaton (six);
- Exmouth Halsdon (five);
- Exmouth Town (five);
- Sidmouth Sidford (four);
- Kilmington, Colyton and Uplyme (four);
- Honiton South and West (four).
The ‘clusters’ data, last updated this afternoon (Saturday, January 30), is based on a rolling rate of new cases by specimen date ending on January 25.
‘Clusters’ remain in all of Exeter’s 15 wards:
- Middlemoor and Sowton (21 cases);
- Heavitree East and Whipton South (12);
- Countess Wear and Topsham (11);
- Heavitree West and Polsloe (11);
- Mincinglake and Beacon Heath (ten);
- Wonford and St Loye’s (nine);
- Pennsylvania and University (nine);
- Alphington and Marsh Barton (eight);
- St Thomas East (eight);
- Central Exeter (eight);
- Pinhoe and Whipton North (seven);
- St Thomas West (seven);
- St James Park and Hoopern (seven);
- Exwick and Foxhayes (six);
- St Leonard’s (four).
A further six Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon – with nine more in Exeter – according to the latest weekly figures.
The seven-day tally of 66 across Devon and Cornwall was the highest since the end of April last year.
Office for National Statistics (ONS) data published on Tuesday, January 26, shows the overall toll across both counties is 1,083.
The figures relate to deaths which occurred in the week of January 9 – 15 and were registered up to January 23.
Two of the deaths recorded in East Devon were at hospital and four were in care homes.
Four of the fatalities in Exeter were in hospital and five were in care homes.
There were two deaths in Plymouth; six in both Torbay and Mid Devon; one in each of North Devon and West Devon; four in the South Hams; two in both Teignbridge and Torridge
Twenty-seven fatalities due to coronavirus were recorded in Cornwall.
The previous seven-day period saw 53 Covid-related deaths – 11 of them in East Devon and six in Exeter – recorded across Devon and Cornwall.
In total, 141 Covid-19 deaths have now been registered in East Devon; 71 of them in hospital, 62 in care homes, six at home, and two ‘elsewhere’.
The total for Exeter is 90; 49 of them in hospital, 34 in care homes, four at home, and one ‘elsewhere’.
Some 1,083 coronavirus-related deaths have been registered across Devon and Cornwall; 641 in hospitals, 361 in care homes, 74 at home, one in a hospice and six ‘elsewhere’.
Of these, 143 have been in Plymouth; 111 in Torbay, 63 in Teignbridge, 59 in North Devon, 43 in Torridge, 54 in Mid Devon, 29 in West Devon, and 27 in the South Hams.
A total of 298 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.
As of Tuesday morning (January 26), there were 443 patients in hospitals across Devon and Cornwall following a positive Covid-19 test – up from 426 the previous week.
There were 80 patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (down from 95 as of January 19); 55 at the Exeter Nightingale Hospital (up from 44); 42 at Torbay Hospital (up from 34); 112 in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (up from 110); eight at North Devon District Hospital (up from seven).
A further three patients were in Devon Partnership NHS Trust units (down from four).
There were 48 patients in mechanical ventilation beds (up from 39); ten in Exeter, 19 in Derriford, and six in Torbay.
As a percentage of total acute beds available, 16 per cent of those in Exeter are occupied by Covid patients; three per cent in North Devon; five per cent in Torbay; and 13 per cent in Plymouth.
In the last week, 73 patients have died in Devon and Cornwall hospitals within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Thirteen of these have been in Exeter; 28 at Derriford; six in Torbay; four in North Devon; and 22 in Cornwall.
‘Now is not the time to drop our guard’
Numbers of Covid cases are falling across Devon – but figures are still higher than in November and December, the county’s director of public health has warned.
Steve Brown said: “It looks like the current restrictions are having a positive impact and we are starting to see cases come down.
“While clearly it’s good news cases are coming down, they are still higher than in November and December, so now is not the time to drop our guard, so please stay at home and stick to the rules.”
A total of 157,181 vaccinations have been given in Devon – more than anywhere else in the South West.
Latest NHS England figures, which provide the position as of January 24, show that 145,148 of these have been the first dose.
Some 14.5 per cent of the county’s population had received their first jab.