Covid-19: Under 30’s fall victim in increasing numbers

People aged under 30 are contracting coronavirus in the greatest numbers in parts of the Westcountry, the latest statistics show.

[From yesterday’s Western Morning News]

As the new variant of the disease spreads rapidly, figures have confirmed that the young are now falling victim to the disease.

Cornwall’s current overall infection rate is 301.7 people per hundred thousand – but the infection rate for 20 to 24-year-olds is 806.8, while for those aged 25 to 29 it’s 710.3 per hundred thousand.

Two more deaths of patients in the Westcountry, one in Devon and one in Cornwall were reported yesterday.

But weekly figures reveal better news for the two counties.

The number of deaths registered across Devon and Cornwall where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate has fallen to the lowest level for six weeks.

The figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) out yesterday relate to the week of December 19 to December 25, but registered up to January 2. They show that 27 of the 285 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

The previous week saw 43 of the 402 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

However experts caution that the reduction in the number of deaths may relate to a combination of factors as a result of the second lockdown, due to the time lag between infection and death, but also could be a result of registration delays over the Christmas holiday period.

And from Today’s paper:

…Meanwhile in the Westcountry, Plymouth’s director of public health Ruth Harrell has told councillors that the city appears to have so far avoided an outbreak of the new highly transmissible variant of Covid-19.