The University area of Exeter has leapt into the top ten of areas in England with positive cases of Covid-19 with a rise from 127 to 223 cases in today’s updated figures showing the country’s largest coronavirus clusters.
Colleen Smith www.devonlive.com
The numbers show how many confirmed cases have been found in each MSOA (Middle Super Output Areas) between Monday September 28 and Friday October 2.
Within a matter of days the number of clusters (areas with more than three positive cases) has exploded across Devon.
There are now nine clusters in Exeter, eight in Plymouth, 10 in Torbay and six in Teignbridge – others are also in North Devon, West Devon and mid Devon.
Exeter’s university area is in the Top Ten worst affected in the country
Numbers have grown since schools and university pupils have returned to campus. MP Ben Bradshaw has accused the Government of ‘forcing’ the University of Exeter to abandon its own ‘excellent’ coronavirus testing system as numbers continue to skyrocket.
The university has been using a 24-hour ‘Rapid Response’ system in conjunction with a company named Halo, which pledged to give results within 24 hours of a test.
This table shows the areas in England with the highest number of new cases up to October 2. Like Exeter many are in areas with a university campus. There was anger when hundreds of students were filmed in Exeter ignoring Coronavirus social distancing laws during Freshers week.
In Torbay the first coronavirus-related death in four months has been recorded as infections rise, particularly among younger people.
Director of public health Caroline Dimond reported that the elderly woman died this week – after figures were released showing no deaths in Devon and Cornwall. Ms Dimond said half of the most recent 118 cases were young people in the 15 to 39 age group.
Devon now has 40 Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) – and one of the top ten worst in England
Pennsylvania & University 223
Central Exeter 55
St James’s Park & Hoopern 30
Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon 6
St Thomas West 4
Heavitree West & Polsloe 6
Mincinglake & Beacon Heath 5
Pinhoe & Whipton North 4
Clyst, Exton & Lympstone 9