Covid cases rise by 18% in East Devon and 31% in Exeter, according to weekly stats

Recorded Covid cases in East Devon and Exeter have risen by 18.6 per cent and 31.7 per cent respectively in a week. 

Infections continue to increase across the county but remain below the UK-wide average rate, according to figures for the week up to Thursday, January 6.

East Devon Exeter Lower-tier local authority statistics for the week up January 6, 2022.

Lower-tier local authority statistics for the week up January 6, 2022.

East Devon Exeter Upper-tier local authority statistics for the week up January 6, 2022.

Upper-tier local authority statistics for the week up January 6, 2022.

East Devon has an infection rate of 1,091.3 per 100,000 people, while Exeter’s is 1,302.

The national average is 1,831 per 100,000 people.

North Devon recorded the largest weekly increase in the county with recorded coronavirus cases rocketing by 79 per cent.

West Devon and Torridge both saw increases of more than 50 per cent.

Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown said last week that the latest surge ‘demonstrates that coronavirus is still very much with us’.

He urged people to continue following guidance and said: “The Omicron variant, while extremely infectious, may not be leading to the same extent to high levels of illness or death, but the health risk to people who may be immuno-supressed or who have other underlying health conditions is still extremely serious.

“Add to that the risk to health, or at best disruption to day jobs while self-isolating, for the thousands of frontline staff in health, social care and other essential workers, and such high levels of coronavirus are likely to have a dramatic impact on the delivery of the services we rely heavily upon.

“We know what helps reduce risk – it’s taking up the vaccine when invited, including the booster; wearing face coverings where appropriate; self-isolating when we need to.”

Data from Tuesday, January 4, shows. that 174 patients are in Devon’s hospitals with Covid – an increase of more than 50 in a week.

More than half, 92, are at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Thirty-seven are at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, 28 are in Torbay, ten in North Devon and seven at Devon Partnership mental health trust sites.

East Devon has county’s highest Covid booster jab rate – while Exeter has second-lowest