Numbers of deaths in Devon since coronavirus outbreak began

One death was registered in the Devon County Council area relating to coronavirus in the latest week’s figures provided from the Office of National Statistics.

East Devon has suffered the third highest number of deaths in Devon. So far the number of deaths in East Devon total 44 of which 27 occurred in care homes.

This article contains tables of deaths for each week since the 12th week of 2020 (no covid related deaths occurred before that)

Daniel Clark www.devonlive.com 

The figures, published today, relate to all deaths that occurred between May 23 and May 29 but were registered up to June 6.

Across the whole of Devon and Cornwall there were 11 deaths in which COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were registered in that time period, down from 15 in the previous seven days.

Five deaths were registered in Cornwall, with three in Plymouth, two in Torbay, and one in Mid Devon. East Devon, Exeter, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon and the Isles of Scilly saw no deaths registered.

The Isles of Scilly has still yet to see a COVID-19 related death and Exeter, the South Hams and West Devon have now gone two weeks without a death.

Previous weeks have seen 15, 38, 44, 69, 83, 106, 88, 60, 16, and nine deaths registered.

Six of the deaths occurred in hospitals with five in a care home, and none in any other setting.

The figures show in which local authority the deceased’s usual place of residence was. For instance, if someone may have died in Derriford Hospital but lived in West Devon, while the death may have been registered in Plymouth, their death would be recorded in the mortality statistics for the ONS figures against West Devon.

Across the whole of Devon, the six deaths registered this week is the lowest figure since the week ending March 20, the first week in which a coronavirus related death was recorded.

Of the five care home deaths, two occurred in Plymouth and Cornwall, with one in Torbay.

In total, 539 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 286 in hospitals, 212 in care homes, 40 at home, and one in a hospice. Of the deaths, 198 have been registered in Cornwall, 82 in Plymouth, 57 in Torbay, 44 in East Devon, 38 in Exeter, 32 in Teignbridge, 26 in North Devon, 19 in Torridge, 16 in Mid Devon and West Devon, 12 in the South Hams, and one in the Isles of Scilly.

Tables below show the overall figures for deaths and the week by week breakdown. Some tables have changed from last week due to deaths having occurred but not having been registered by the publication of the dataset.

Four deaths in week 21 – one each in Cornwall, Torbay, East Devon and Torridge, one death in Plymouth in week 19, and one in Mid Devon in week 18, one in Plymouth in week 15 have been added to the dataset.

TOTAL DEATHS FROM COVID-19 IN 2020

Place of death
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 3 49 29 1 0 82
Torbay 5 24 28 0 0 57
Cornwall 18 115 65 0 0 198
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 2 15 27 0 0 44
Exeter 2 15 21 0 0 38
Mid Devon 2 12 2 0 0 16
North Devon 2 14 10 0 0 26
South Hams 0 10 2 0 0 12
Teignbridge 0 17 15 0 0 32
Torridge 2 9 8 0 0 19
West Devon 4 6 5 0 0 15
Total 40 286 212 1 0 539

WEEK 22 (week ending May 29)

Place of death
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 1 2 0 0 3
Torbay 0 1 1 0 0 2
Cornwall 0 3 2 0 0 5
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mid Devon 0 1 0 0 0 1
North Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Hams 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teignbridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 6 5 0 0 11

WEEK 21 (week ending May 22)

Place of death
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 1 3 0 0 4
Torbay 0 1 0 0 0 1
Cornwall 0 3 0 0 0 3
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 2 1 0 0 3
Exeter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mid Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Devon 0 1 0 0 0 1
South Hams 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teignbridge 0 0 2 0 0 2
Torridge 0 1 0 0 0 1
West Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 9 6 0 0 15

WEEK 20 (WEEK ENDING MAY 15)

  Place of death        
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 1 3 6 0 0 10
Torbay 0 2 2 0 0 4
Cornwall 2 4 9 0 0 15
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 1 1 1 0 0 3
Exeter 0 0 1 0 0 1
Mid Devon 0 0 1 0 0 1
North Devon 0 0 1 0 0 1
South Hams 0 0 1 0 0 1
Teignbridge 0 0 1 0 0 1
Torridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Devon 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 4 10 24 0 0 38

WEEK 19 (WEEK ENDING MAY 8)

  Place of death      
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 2 7 1 0 10
Torbay 0 2 5 0 0 7
Cornwall 0 3 10 0 0 13
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 1 4 0 0 5
Exeter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mid Devon 0 2 0 0 0 2
North Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Hams 0 1 1 0 0 2
Teignbridge 0 0 3 0 0 3
Torridge 0 1 0 0 0 1
West Devon 0 0 1 0 0 1
total 0 12 31 1 0 44

WEEK 18 (WEEK ENDING MAY 1)

  Place of death      
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 5 3 0 0 8
Torbay 1 2 4 0 0 7
Cornwall 0 14 9 0 0 23
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 1 10 0 0 11
Exeter 0 1 2 0 0 3
Mid Devon 1 1 0 0 0 2
North Devon 0 4 1 0 0 5
South Hams 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teignbridge 0 2 1 0 0 3
Torridge 1 1 1 0 0 3
West Devon 1 2 1 0 0 4
total 4 33 32 0 0 69

WEEK 17 (WEEK ENDING APRIL 24)

  Place of death      
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 11 3 0 0 14
Torbay 2 2 8 0 0 12
Cornwall 3 12 7 0 0 22
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 1 3 3 0 0 7
Exeter 0 0 6 0 0 6
Mid Devon 1 2 1 0 0 4
North Devon 0 1 3 0 0 4
South Hams 0 3 0 0 0 3
Teignbridge 0 2 5 0 0 7
Torridge 0 0 4 0 0 4
West Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
total 7 36 40 0 0 83

WEEK 16 (WEEK ENDING APRIL 17)

  Place of death      
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 1 6 3 0 0 10
Torbay 0 2 6 0 0 8
Cornwall 5 20 15 0 0 40
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 1 6 0 0 7
Exeter 0 4 8 0 0 12
Mid Devon 0 3 0 0 0 3
North Devon 0 5 3 0 0 8
South Hams 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teignbridge 0 2 3 0 0 5
Torridge 1 5 2 0 0 8
West Devon 0 2 1 0 0 3
total 7 52 47 0 0 106

WEEK 15 (WEEK ENDING APRIL 10)

  Place of death        
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 1 14 2 0 0 17
Torbay 0 4 1 0 0 5
Cornwall 2 24 10 0 0 36
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 3 1 0 0 4
Exeter 0 4 4 0 0 8
Mid Devon 1 2 0 0 0 3
North Devon 0 3 2 0 0 5
South Hams 0 1 0 0 0 1
Teignbridge 0 3 0 0 0 3
Torridge 0 1 1 0 0 2
West Devon 3 0 1 0 0 4
Total 7 59 22 0 0 88

WEEK 14 (WEEK ENDING APRIL 3)

  Place of death        
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 5 0 0 0 5
Torbay 2 6 1 0 0 9
Cornwall 4 21 3 0 0 28
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Devon 0 3 1 0 0 4
Exeter 1 3 0 0 0 4
Mid Devon 0 1 0 0 0 1
North Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Hams 0 1 0 0 0 1
Teignbridge 0 6 0 0 0 6
Torridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Devon 0 2 0 0 0 2
Total 7 48 5 0 0 60

WEEK 13 – THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 27

  Place of death        
Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 1 0 0 0 1
Torbay 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cornwall 2 7 0 0 0 9
East Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter 0 3 0 0 0 3
Mid Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Hams 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teignbridge 0 1 0 0 0 1
Torridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0

WEEK 12 – THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 20

Area name Home Hospital Care home Hospice Elsewhere Total
Plymouth 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torbay 0 2 0 0 0 2
Cornwall 0 4 0 0 0 4
East Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
Exeter 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mid Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Hams 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teignbridge 0 1 0 0 0 1
Torridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Devon 0 0 0 0 0 0

No deaths relating to COVID-19 were recorded for the first 11 weeks of 2020.

England’s test-and-trace system not fit for purpose, say scientists

The former government chief scientific adviser Sir David King, who now leads the Independent Sage group, is calling for a new approach, warning that the measures in place in England will not be enough to pick up 80% of the contacts of people with the virus, which they say is needed to prevent the infection rate rising.

See Independent Sage report No 4.

Sarah Boseley www.theguardian.com 

The UK government’s testing and contact-tracing system is not fit for purpose and will not be able to keep coronavirus in check as other countries have done, according to an independent group of scientists.

The former government chief scientific adviser Sir David King, who now leads the Independent Sage group, is calling for a new approach, warning that the measures in place in England will not be enough to pick up 80% of the contacts of people with the virus, which they say is needed to prevent the infection rate rising.

“The government has placed huge emphasis on their test, track and trace system in recent weeks, even labelling it ‘world-beating’. It is clear from our research that this simply isn’t the case – indeed, the system as it stands is not fit for purpose,” King said.

“This is the critical moment for the government to act now or risk further spikes. We believe that a new approach is required, one that moves away from a centralised system that utilises a local-first approach. We are calling on the government to urgently rethink their course to ensure that we have a system in place that will help and not hinder the country’s recovery.”

Independent Sage is a group of 12 leading scientists who have been critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic. It was set up partly in response to a lack of transparency around the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). The membership of Sage and minutes and documents relating to its meetings have since been published.

The independent group’s report points out that the epidemic is still growing in some parts of the country, such as north-west England. They say erosion of trust in the government in recent weeks will make it less likely that people will comply if they are called by contact-tracers and told they must self-isolate.

“If Covid‐19 is to be eliminated, as New Zealand has shown is possible, then at least 80% of all close contacts of those with Covid‐19 infection (the index case) must remain isolated for 14 days so that they are unable to pass on infection to others. This is clearly not happening,” says the report.

It argues for a more comprehensive system than just test and trace. The report says it should be “find, test, trace, isolate and support”. Speed is vital: the scientists point out that Sage itself advised that the aim should be to isolate as many contacts as possible within 48 hours.

Test results should be available within 24 hours, says Independent Sage. Those who are isolated should have financial support and accommodation provided if they need it. And the scientists say the system depends on a high level of trust and should be run by the local authority directors of public health who know their communities.

Question?

Which Police and Crime Commissioner has yet to give us her thoughts on racism?
Yes, you guessed – Tory Alison Hernandez!
(And about pretty much else that has been going on recently – leaves it all to  Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer to make the running)

Sidmouth – People warned to stay off beach after five cliff falls in a month

Regardless of whether or not the cliffs are displaying signs that it may crumble, EDDC urge the public to keep their distance.

A spokesperson said: “You would be putting yours and the emergency services lives at risk.

“Please do not access Sidmouth East beach at all, and at Jacobs Ladder ensure you stay at least the same height the cliff is vertical away from the base.”

See devonlive online for images
Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com 

East Devon County Council (EDDC) have cleared up locals concerns regarding Sidmouth’s cliff falls.

It is understood that there was over five separate landslides in the town last month alone, raising the question as to whether the town’s cliffs are crumbling more now than ever before.

EDDC explain the signs to look out for prior to a cliff fall, as well as what action you should take.

In response to whether or not there has been an increase in landslides, a spokesperson for EDDC said: “It is difficult to say.”

Last month, the town of Sidmouth experienced three cliff falls in the space of 24 hours, in addition to a further two which took place the following week.

Despite the number of landslides that have occurred, EDDC complete annual cliff inspections at Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Sidmouth.

These inspections include removing loose material and additional safety works such as installation of rock netting.

The Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (BMP) scheme aims to reduce the risk of flooding to Sidmouth by maintaining the standard of defences along Sidmouth Beach, and to reduce the rate of erosion to the cliffs to the East of the town (and therefore the rate of exposure of the East side of Sidmouth to coastal conditions).

A spokesperson for EDDC said: “Cliff falls are a natural and unpredictable occurrence along the East Devon coast, this is because the rock from which the cliffs are formed is soft and therefore prone to rock falls and landslides, which can happen at any time, although heavy rainfall can trigger incidences.

“The BMP cannot, however, stop cliff falls.  In fact, many of the recent cliff falls are beyond the area the BMP will protect, occurring further East on National Trust land.”

Despite the glorious sunshine the county has experience over the last few weeks, it is this warm and dry weather that has played a key role in the cause of the landslides.

A spokesperson adds: “The main reason [for the cliff falls] is the prolonged dry weather we have had, which followed the wettest February on record.

“The extreme wet to dry condition of the cliff is the likely cause of the falls.

“However there are other factors in place such as the climate emergency and sea level rise.”

Although there are concerns that the number of cliff falls in the town have increased, EDDC are unable to confirm whether this is true or not.

A spokesperson adds: “It is difficult to say [if there has been an increase or decrease] as cliff falls aren’t recorded by a central body.

“On land we own and manage there hasn’t been any increase in cliff falls compared to previous years.

“Along the whole coast there is likely to be a rise in the recording of cliff falls due to the good weather and increase in staycations, there are more people around the coast to witness any fall.

“In a normal year, plenty of falls would go unnoticed.”

“It is good practice when on the beach to stay well clear of the cliff base and to keep an eye out for fresh fall material or water running down the cliffs, which may indicate an area that is weakened and loose.

The Coastguard advises that walkers should keep a distance away from the cliff, that is equivalent to the cliffs height.

For example, if a cliff is 20 metres in height, pedestrians should keep 20 metres away.

A spokesperson adds: “Through the Sidmouth and East Beach BMP, we have plans to reduce the rate of erosion of the cliffs where property is threatened.

“The Sidmouth and East Beach BMP is a long term plan, and construction is likely to be a year or so away, we all hope the Covid-19 situation will be over by then, so it should not affect the scheme.”

Regardless of whether or not the cliffs are displaying signs that it may crumble, EDDC urge the public to keep their distance.

A spokesperson said: “You would be putting yours and the emergency services lives at risk.

“Please do not access Sidmouth East beach at all, and at Jacobs Ladder ensure you stay at least the same height the cliff is vertical away from the base.”

If a cliff fall does occur and you suspect that someone has been injured, call 999 immediately.

 

Tories remain silent as new Chairman and Vice Chairman elected to East Devon District Council

How refreshing to have two very capable, professional, women presiding over debates in the council.

Already last night we were spared the pompous posturing of Cllr. Stuart Hughes as Vice Chairman Val Ranger presided over the election of Cllr. Dr. Cathy Gardner as Chairman.

Readers may recall  a central Conservative  argument against change summarised in this quote from the extraordinary general  meeting (EGM) called to decide to have a meeting to change:

Cllr Dean Barrow spoke against the need for the EGM to be held, saying that the pandemic had a significant impact on the council and that an experienced chairman to lead is needed, while Cllr Moulding added: “Residents would expect the council to be focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

In proposing Dr Gardner as Chairman, new Leader Cllr. Paul Arnott couldn’t help pointing out that Dr Gardner was a microbiologist with a deep understanding of microbial aerosol propagation and therefore held highly appropriate knowledge and experience to lead the council during the pandemic. (Yet another Tory fox shot).

In her short acceptance speech Dr Gardner simply said: “ I look forward to implementing as much as I possibly can the duties of councillors under the Nolan Principles; really, respect for all members and members of the public in all our meetings, and particularly for the Nolan principle of objectivity, which currently is particularly relevant; that we should act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.”

As Owl reported last night 13 Councillors sent their apologies, mostly Conservatives including; Cllrs: Hughes; Moulding; Tom Wright (fortunately); Skinner. and the one-time Independent turned “build build build” Conservative Cllr Helen Parr.  Another three simply couldn’t bother to log in including Cllr. Ben Ingham. 

As Devonboy has already commented:

“So the Conservatives have once again shown their true colours when it comes to democracy. Toys out of pram springs to mind.”

The new cabinet gets down to business this afternoon:

Virtual Meeting, Cabinet – Tuesday, 9th June, 2020 2.00 pm