Covid infection rate hits zero in North Devon

Coronavirus infection rates in North Devon have hit the milestone figure of zero – with no cases in a seven day period.

Daniel Clark www.devonlive.com

In the seven days between April 3 and 9, there was not a single positive case from the 9,942 tests – from lateral flow and PCR – that were carried out.

It means that the district becomes the first in England since the second wave began to record an infection rate of 0.

Three positive cases though have subsequently been recorded – one from April 10, 11 and 12 – but as the infection rates cover a seven day period five days in arrears, it means that for one day, North Devon’s infection rate is 0.

Coronavirus cluster map showing North Devon and it\'s 0 infection rate for the period from April 3-9

Coronavirus cluster map showing North Devon and it\’s 0 infection rate for the period from April 3-9

Across the rest of Devon, in the same seven day period, Torridge (2 cases), West Devon (3), East Devon (8), and South Hams (6) also recorded cases that were in single figures, while infection rates in Exeter and Teignbridge were also below the 10/100,000 mark, with Mid Devon (18.2/100,000) the highest of Devon’s districts.

At an upper tier level, Devon as a whole has the second lowest infection rate in England, with 7.2/100,000, with only East Sussex having a lower rate.