Covid weekly update (Tuesday)

    Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 12:37pm

    By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter

    The number of people with covid in Devon has continued to increase across many areas, but by a lower amount than recent weeks. In the week to Thursday 25 November, rates in Plymouth and the Devon County Council area rose by eight and seven per cent respectively, while Torbay’s reduced by five per cent. It means the county continues to have significantly higher rates of covid than the national average of 429 cases per 100,000 people. Plymouth and Torbay’s figures now stand at just over 600, with the Devon County Council area’s rate being 676.

    The number of people with covid in Devon has continued to increase across many areas, but by a lower amount than recent weeks.
    In the week to Thursday 25 November, rates in Plymouth and the Devon County Council area rose by eight and seven per cent respectively, while Torbay’s reduced by five per cent.
    It means the county continues to have significantly higher rates of covid than the national average of 429 cases per 100,000 people. Plymouth and Torbay’s figures now stand at just over 600, with the Devon County Council area’s rate being 676.
    The north of the county continues to be the most infectious area of the country for the virus. Torridge’s infection rate has gone up by a further five per cent on last week to a new high of 1,072 and North Devon’s increased by nearly a quarter to 900.
    Last month, Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown said there were a few reasons why North Devon and Torridge may be seeing such high rates, including “lower levels of infection-induced immunity” due to lower case levels throughout much of the pandemic, and high levels of testing in Devon.
    Elsewhere at district level, West Devon recorded a slight fall in covid for the third week running, its case total falling to 454 per 100,000 – the lowest figure in the county. Mid Devon, East Devon, Exeter, Teignbridge and South Hams all had single-figure increases.
    It comes as the new variant of concern, Omicron, prompted an update to government guidance, meaning all contacts of suspected Omicron cases must now self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of age or vaccination status. There are currently no confirmed cases of the variant in Devon.
    Mr Brown added, in a statement on Monday: “We will learn more about the Omicron strain in the next few days, as cases spread and we see the impact that it is having on people’s health.
    “This latest variant is another reminder that this pandemic is not yet over.
    “The reintroduction of mandatory face coverings is good news, and we will wait to see what impact it has on case rates locally. Devon secondary schools have been advised to wear face covering in communal areas since the start of term so the national announcement is helpful to reinforce the local action.
    “We need everyone now to be extra careful.”
    HOSPITALISATIONS
    From the most recent data from Tuesday 23 November, 163 patients with covid are in Devon’s hospitals. Sixty-one are at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, 49 at the Royal Devon & Exeter, 21 in Torbay and 32 in North Devon.
    Of the total number of patients, 16 are in ventilation beds.
    DEATHS
    Twenty-two more people died in the county within 28 days of testing positive for covid in the latest complete weekly period (up to Thursday 25 November). Fifteen were in the Devon County Council area, three in Torbay and four in Plymouth.
    A total of 1,365 people in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) have died within 28 days of a positive test since the pandemic began.
    VACCINATIONS
    The number of people aged 12 and over who have received at least one dose of a vaccine is 87 per cent in the Devon County Council area, 85 per cent in Torbay and 83 per cent in Plymouth.
    The proportion of people who are fully vaccinated with both jabs is 81 per cent in Devon, 78 per cent in Torbay and 76 per cent in Plymouth.
     

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