DEVON/TORBAY/PLYMOUTH: Covid weekly update (Tuesday)

    Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 10:30am

    By Ollie Heptinstall, Local Democracy Reporter

    Torridge has the UK’s highest rate of covid infections in proportion to its population – and every part of Devon is well above the national average. In the week to Thursday 18 November, new covid infections in Torridge increased by 42 per cent over the previous week – to more than a thousand cases per 100,000 people. It means Torridge continues to be the most infectious area of the country for the virus. Gwynedd in Wales (882) and Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland (871) are second and third in the table.

    Torridge has the UK’s highest rate of covid infections in proportion to its population – and every part of Devon is well above the national average.
    In the week to Thursday 18 November, new covid infections in Torridge increased by 42 per cent over the previous week – to more than a thousand cases per 100,000 people.
    It means Torridge continues to be the most infectious area of the country for the virus. Gwynedd in Wales (882) and Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland (871) are second and third in the table.
    In Devon, cases increased by over 20 per cent in Plymouth and Torbay, with a rise of just over 15 per cent in the Devon County Council area.
    At a district level, North Devon – which borders Torridge – recorded a nine per cent rise to a rate of 735, the second highest in the county. Case rates also went up significantly in South Hams, Teignbridge and Mid Devon, by around a fifth.
    For the second week running, West Devon was the only council area in Devon to record a fall, its infection total falling narrowly to 486 per 100,000 – the lowest figure in the county. By comparison, the UK average is now 428.
    Last week, Devon’s director of public Steve Brown said there were a “few reasons” why Torridge and North Devon may be experiencing such high rates.
    “Both district areas have, until recently, maintained steady and comparatively low case levels, and with that, therefore relatively lower levels of infection-induced immunity within communities.
    “Secondly, testing for coronavirus here in Devon is a lot higher that the national average, so it may be that we are seeing higher levels than elsewhere because we’re identifying them.
    “We know that the dominant strain across the UK, and in Devon, is the highly transmissible Delta variant, and that too is driving case levels.”
    HOSPITALISATIONS
    The NHS in Devon says currently 168 patients are currently in hosptial with covid, up from 111 in early November.
    It has not specified the numbers in each hospital, however available figures to last Tuesday [16 November] show that 40 per cent were in Plymouth, 34 per cent at Exeter, 15 per cent in Torbay and just over a tenth in North Devon.
    DEATHS
    Ten more people died in the county within 28 days of testing positive for covid in the latest complete weekly period (up to Wednesday 17 November). Eight were in the Devon County Council area, one in Torbay and one in Plymouth.
    A total of 1,338 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 86 per cent in the Devon County Council area, 84 per cent in Torbay and 83 per cent in Plymouth.
    The proportion having received two jabs is 80 per cent in Devon, 78 per cent in Torbay and 76 per cent in Plymouth.
     

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