Another small rise in coronavirus cases confirmed in Devon & Cornwall

For the second week running there has been a small rise in the number of coronavirus cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall.

[The devonlive article online includes interactive information and a  table showing the ranking of lower tier authorities by case per population.]

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Daniel Clark www.devonlive.com 

The figures show that 32 new cases have been confirmed across the region in the past seven days in both pillar 1 data from tests carried out by the NHS and pillar 2 data from commercial partners, compared to 29 new cases confirmed last week.

It means the average number of cases being confirmed across the two counties each day has risen to 4.57 from 4.14, although not all of the newly confirmed cases related to recent infections.

July 24 map

July 24 map

Of the 31 new cases, 18 of them had the specimen recorded in the previous seven days (between July 17 and July 23), with the remaining 13 cases having occurred between July 11 and July 16.

In the last seven days, there have been ten cases confirmed in Cornwall, five cases confirmed in Plymouth, and three in Torbay, although two historical duplicates for Torbay have been removed.

Across the rest of Devon, 15 cases have been confirmed, with four in East Devon, five in Exeter, three in Mid Devon and four in Teignbridge. The South Hams saw one new case confirmed, but two historical duplicate cases have been removed, while North Devon, Torridge and West Devon saw no new cases confirmed.

What is happening where you live? Find out by adding your postcode. [interactive on devonlive web site]

By specimen date, five cases were confirmed in Cornwall in the last seven days (last from July 22), two in Plymouth (July 21), and three in Torbay (July 21).

Two cases in East Devon (July 21), three in Exeter (July 21), two in Mid Devon (July 21), one in the South Hams (July 19) occurred by specimen date in the last week, with Teignbridge’s last case being from July 16, with the last case in North Devon from June 18, Torridge July 9 and West Devon June 26.

Across the whole of the South West, 93 new cases have been confirmed in the last seven days by specimen date, down from 102 for the seven days prior, although more cases for this week are likely to be added in the upcoming days.

Of the 29 of the districts in the region, which stretches from Cornwall to Dorset and Gloucestershire, and over a ten day period, only Swindon is reporting an average of more than two new cases a day.

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In terms of cases by specimen between July 13-19 and reported by July 22, Tamerton Foliot of Middle Super Output Areas across Devon and Cornwall had three cases confirmed, with every other areas reporting between 0-2 cases.

Across the South West, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has fallen by nearly a quarter in the previous week, with just 19 people in hospital compared to 24 as of July 17 (and 48 as of July 3). There is currently one person currently on a mechanical ventilator.

Torridge remains the district in England with the lowest positive case infection rate of anywhere in England per 100,000 population, with the South Hams 3 rd , North Devon 4 th , West Devon 5 th , East Devon 8 th , Cornwall 9th, Teignbridge 10th, Exeter 15 th , Torbay 21st, Plymouth 37 th , and Mid Devon 40 th out of the 315 English council districts.

Torridge has also had the fewest number of cases of any of the districts, with West Devon 2nd, and the South Hams and North Devon also in the bottom five.

In total, Torridge has had just 53 positive cases, with 72 in West Devon, 98 in the South Hams, 119 in North Devon, 210 in Mid Devon, 213 in Teignbridge, 219 in East Devon, 244 in Exeter, 277 in Torbay, 668 in Plymouth and 909 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The COVID-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories around the UK to be tested. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.

Confirmed positive cases are matched to ONS geographical area codes using the home postcode of the person tested.

The data is now shown by the date the specimen was taken from the person being tested and while it gives a useful analysis of the progression of cases over time, it does mean that the latest days’ figures may be incomplete.

Cases received from laboratories by 12:30am are included in the counts published that day. While there may have been new cases of coronavirus confirmed or people having tested positive, those test results either yet to reach PHE for adding to the dataset or were not received in time for the latest daily figures to be published.

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