Covid cases across region hits lowest total for nearly two months

Devon and Cornwall has seen the lowest number of positive Covid-19 cases confirmed in one 24-hour reporting period for seven weeks.

Katie Timms www.devonlive.com

Across the region, a further 116 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed, down 218 from last Tuesday’s figure of 334 cases.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly saw 36 new cases in the figures released by the Government as of Tuesday, February 2. It has now seen a total of 12,564 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Devon saw 80 new cases across the county, keeping its spot as the area with the lowest infection rate across England.

In the Devon County Council local authority area, there were eight cases in East Devon, seven in Exeter, eight in Mid Devon, three in North Devon, three in South Hams, and 11 in Teignbridge.

Torridge and West Devon both saw no new cases recorded.

Plymouth saw a further 25 new cases and now there has been 8,248 positive Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Torbay had a further 15 new cases reported, bringing the area’s total Covid-19 cases to 3,574 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The seven-day rolling average for coronavirus infection rates shows that areas in the Devon County Council area (excluding Torbay and Plymouth) is currently the lowest in England.

The figures, which are based on specimens taken between January 22 and 87, shows that Devon’s figures currently stand at 86 cases per 100,000 people.

Devon also has some of the lowest case rates across the country at a lower tier authority level, with Torridge, North Devon and Exeter placed second, third and fourth respectively.

While there has been a significant drop in cases, the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) statistics, released every Tuesday, showed there had been a rise in weekly deaths registered across both counties.

Deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were at the highest they have been since the beginning of the pandemic.

The figures from the ONS which relate to the week of January 16 to January 22, but registered up to January 30, show that 128 of the 366 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

The figure of 128 deaths is the highest weekly total in Devon and Cornwall since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 65 deaths in care homes is the highest weekly total.

A further 10 deaths from week 2 (Jan 9-15) and one from week 1 (Jan 2-Jan 8) have also been added into the data.

Of the 128 deaths registered in week 3 (Jan 16-Jan 22), there were 46 deaths of people from Cornwall, 17 from Teignbridge, 15 in Plymouth, 14 in East Devon, 13 in Exeter, 9 in Torbay, 7 in South Hams, 3 in Mid Devon, and 2 in Torridge and West Devon. No deaths in North Devon.

In total, 65 of the deaths occurred in care homes, 57 in hospitals, with five at home, and one in a hospice.

In Plymouth, there were nine deaths in hospital, five in care homes, and one at home and in Torbay, there were two hospital deaths, seven care home deaths and one at home.

In Cornwall, there were 24 hospital deaths, 21 care home deaths and one in a hospice.

Meanwhile, in East Devon, there were seven deaths in hospital, six deaths care home deaths, and one at home.

In Exeter, there were six deaths in hospital, five deaths in care homes and two at home.

In Mid Devon, there were two deaths in hospital and one in a care home.

In the South Hams, there were seven deaths in care homes.

In Teignbridge, there were four deaths in hospital and 13 in care homes.

In Torridge there was one hospital death and one at home.

In West Devon, there were two hospital deaths.

A further 10 deaths from week 2(Jan 9-15) have been backdated into the figures this week, with four deaths in Cornwall, three in Exeter and one in East Devon, South Hams and West Devon, and one death from week 1 (Jan 2-8) in Torbay.

Previous weeks have seen 76, 54, 32, 46, 48, 52, 43, 43, 37, 24, 11, 13, 15, 6, 5, 2, 0, 3, 1, 2, 0, 1, 2, 1, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 15, 38, 44, 70, 85, 107, 90, 60, 16 and nine deaths registered.

In total, 1,222 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 703 in hospitals, 430 in care homes, 81 at home, two in a hospice, three in a communal establishment and three ‘elsewhere’.

Nine new hospital deaths across Devon and Cornwall in the latest figures.

The latest figures, released by NHS England today (February 2), show that four of the deaths occurred at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the county’s community hospitals.

Two deaths were reported on January 31, one on January 30 and one on January 29.

Three deaths were also recorded at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and St Michael’s Hospital at Hayle. Of those deaths, one occurred on February 1 and two on January 30.

There were also two deaths in Devon hospitals – one at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and one at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

There have now been a total of 782 Covid-19 related deaths in hospitals across Devon and Cornwall since the pandemic began.

NHS England confirmed in a statement that a further 767 people across the country had died in hospital after testing positive for the virus.

Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old. All except 31 (aged 23 to 102 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

Date of death ranges from 29 December 2020 to 1 February 2021 with the majority being on or after 27 January.

Their families have been informed.

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