One new cluster of people with lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 has emerged in the Government’s latest official map of Devon.
Colleen Smith www.devonlive.com
The newest cluster of three cases is in the Clyst, Exton and Lympstone area on the outskirts of Exeter, while the updated map also shows a rise to five cases in Wellswood, Torquay.
There are currently six clusters in Devon with the other four in Teignmouth (three cases), Cullompton (three), Mutley in Plymouth (three) and the combined mid Devon patch of Bradninch, Silverton and Thorverton.
Each of the Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA) across England has a population of roughly 7,200 people and they are updated daily on the Government’s coronavirus map of England.
Last week, there were 102 new coronavirus cases in Devon and Cornwall – with 83 in Devon and 19 in Cornwall.
The Devon cases were: nine in East Devon, nine in Exeter, nine in Mid Devon, six in North Devon, 21 in Plymouth, seven in the South Hams, seven in Teignbridge, 14 in Torbay and one in West Devon. Torridge saw no new cases confirmed.
Three MSOA clusters from last week have dropped off the daily map due to the cases having occurred more than 10 days ago in Honicknowle and Manadon; Peverell and Seaton.
The map shows no clusters in Cornwall.
Devon’s largest cluster is in Wellswood, Torquay
Numbers of confirmed cases in the Wellswood area have been slowly rising from three cases earlier this week and now contains five people. It is not known if all the cases are known to each other.
Newest cluster in Clyst, Exton & Lympstone
This new cluster of three cases is on the outskirts of Exeter.
The map divides Teignmouth into two areas – the smaller, more heavily populated Teignmouth South and the larger rural fringes of Teignmouth North where there are now three cases.
Three cases in Cullompton
The more populus Cullompton Middle Super Output Area is contained within the larger and more rural area of Bradninch, Silverton and Thorverton (below). Both areas now have clusters of three cases.
Bradninch, Silverton & Thorverton
There are actually six cases listed in this geographical area – but statistically it is divided into two areas with Cullompton inside it. Both MSOAs (roughly 7,200 people in each) have three cases.
Cases are down in Mutley, Plymouth
The number of lab-confirmed cases in Mutley has dropped from four to three and the cluster in neighbouring Peverll has now been removed from the map.
It follows an outbreak in Plymouth linked to as many as 30 teenagers who may have contracted coronavirus after a holiday to the Greek island of Zante.
Health officials said at least 11 of a group of 18 and 19-year-olds in Plymouth have tested positive for COVID-19.
Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans added: “We cannot afford to be complacent. If you are going out you must follow the guidance.
“This is our wake-up call. We have been fortunate so far in Plymouth that we have had a low number of cases, but coronavirus has not gone away.
“Wash your hands as often as possible, keep your distance and wear a mask or face covering when you are told to. Be a good Janner – look out for Nanna.”
In total, 574 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 306 in hospitals, 224 in care homes, 43 at home, and one in a hospice.
Of the deaths, 210 have been registered in Cornwall, 91 in Plymouth, 58 in Torbay, 50 in East Devon, 39 in Exeter, 33 in Teignbridge, 26 in North Devon, 20 in Torridge, 18 in Mid Devon, 17 in West Devon, 12 in the South Hams and none in the Isles of Scilly.