Over the past seven days, more than 100 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed across Devon and Cornwall.
Government statistics show 102 new cases have been confirmed across the region over the past seven days in both NHS test pillar first and trading partner pillar second data, compared to 42 new cases confirmed last year. week.
It’s the highest number of new confirmed cases since the end of May and follows an outbreak of 11 cases in Plymouth following the return of teenagers from Zakynthos.
But the number of people hospitalized across the Southwest dropped to just 13, the lowest number since data began to be recorded in April.
Of the 102 new cases, 19 were in Cornwall, nine in East Devon, nine in Exeter, nine in Mid Devon, six in North Devon, 21 in Plymouth, seven in South Hams, seven in Teignbridge, 14 in Torbay and one in Devon western. Torridge has seen no new confirmed cases.
However, not all 102 sample-related cases date back to the past week, with the only case in West Devon occurring on August 1st but only confirmed this week. Only 70 of the cases had a sample date between 21 and 27 August, with 11 cases in Cornwall occurring at that time, with six in East Devon, five in Exeter, seven in Central Devon, four in North Devon, seven in South Hams, four in Teignbridge, 17 in Plymouth and nine in Torbay.
The remaining cases were in early August, with the majority falling in the week of August 14-20, but some had occurred as late as August 1.
Based on the sample date, the most recent case in Cornwall, Plymouth, East Devon, Exeter, North Devon and Teignbridge is August 26, August 25 in Torbay and South Hams, August 24 in Mid Devon, August 19 in Torridge and August 10 in West Devon.
Of the cases with a sample date between 18 and 25 August, there are currently six clusters in Devon and none in Plymouth, where three or more cases have been confirmed in a Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA).
There is a group of five cases in Mutley in Plymouth, three in Peverell in Plymouth, four in Wellswood in Torbay, four in Teignmouth North in Teignbridge, three in Bradninch, Silverton and Thorverton in Mid Devon and three in Cullompton. Every other MSOA region in Devon and Cornwall – small areas of around 7,200 average inhabitants – had two or fewer cases during that time period.
Two MSOA clusters last week – Honicknowle and Manadon in Plymouth and Seaton in East Devon – went off the map updated daily due to cases that occurred more than 10 days ago.
The increase in cases has been attributed to Devon residents returning home from overseas trips, having contracted the coronavirus infection during the holidays.
Devon’s Director of Public Health Dr Virginia Pearson said she was withdrawn from the NHS Test and Trace program upon their return to the country and that all appropriate containment procedures, including self-isolation, were followed.
He added: “These cases demonstrate how vital it is that we all remain very vigilant when traveling home or abroad. The NHS Test and Trace system has done its job very well here and we are confident that the risk of forward infection in the community is very low as residents do the right thing and take the right actions quickly.
“What it shows is that people need to be very careful when traveling abroad and must continue to respect social distances, wash their hands regularly, avoid crowded areas and wear face coverings as directed.
“If people become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while they are away, they should avoid contact with others as much as possible, be careful when returning from the airport, isolate themselves immediately when they return home, and call 111 for testing advice. .
“Fortunately, in this case, our international travelers have acted sensibly and followed this guide.
“People should be aware of the risks associated with any overseas travel and watch out for their return, and be tested quickly if they feel sick.”
He added that the other recently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Devon are unrelated, saying that in any case the necessary containment procedures were quickly followed, adding: “We must remember, while not being pleased for a moment, that the Confirmed case rate in Devon remains very low. This is how we want it to stay. We will see the numbers rise and fall, but we must all focus on what we can do to keep those numbers low. “
In Plymouth, a group of 11 boys, all aged 18 or 19, tested positive for COVID-19 after a vacation on the Greek island of Zakynthos.
The boys, it was confirmed by the director of public health, Dr. Ruth Harrell, visited restaurants and pubs after returning home, but before realizing they tested positive for the virus, with most of the symptoms absent or very mild.
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He added: “We know some of these young people had no symptoms, and so they continued normally, including a night out in Plymouth’s bars and restaurants, until they realized the risk,” he said. “This means that more people could be infected.
“We are in contact with all the pubs and bars in the city to remind them of their role at the forefront of stopping the spread of this virus. They need to help protect the city. But he also needs everyone to help.
“If you think you’ve been in contact with someone who tested positive, you need to isolate yourself. If you have any symptoms, get tested and isolate it. There are no two ways around it. “
However, despite the increase in cases, the number of people admitted to hospital with the coronavirus continued to decline, and in the Southwest the figure fell from 5pm last Friday to 1pm today, the lowest figure since April, when the numbers started to be. collated.
The latest death at a hospital in Devon and Cornwall occurred on June 29, and the latest data produced today by the ONS showed that only four people in the two counties had the COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate in July. It was down from 20 in June, 118 in May, 373 in April and 53 in March.
Of the four deaths in July, one was in Cornwall on Pool & Illogan Highway, one in Plymouth in Higher Compton and Eggbuckland, one in Crediton in Mid Devon and one in Horrabridge and Mary Tavy in West Devon, with just 0.6 per cent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the Southwest.
The R rate for the Southwest is now estimated at 0.9 to 1.1, up from 0.8 to 1.1, as of last week, but it covers a large geographic area and low number of cases it means that the estimates are not robust enough to inform policy decisions.
In total, Torridge had 57 positive cases, West Devon 76, with 110 in South Hams, 131 in North Devon, 224 in Mid Devon, 224 in Teignbridge, 248 in East Devon, 267 in Exeter, 304 in Torbay, 714 in Plymouth and 980 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
COVID-19 cases are identified by taking samples from people and sending these samples to labs across the UK for testing. If the test is positive, it is a laboratory confirmed case.
Confirmed positive cases are matched to ONS region codes using the person’s home postcode.
The data is now shown from the date the sample was taken from the person being tested, and while it gives a useful analysis of how cases have progressed over time, it means the data from the last few days may be incomplete.
Cases received by the laboratories by 12:30 are included in the counts published that day. Although there may have been new confirmed coronavirus cases or people who tested positive, those test results have not yet reached the PHE to be added to the dataset or have not been received in time for the latest daily data to be published.