Covid rips through Devon community

“Infection rates across Devon are the highest they have ever been – currently at 319.3/100,000 – and are set to rise further in upcoming days as more data gets added.”

Daniel Clark

Braunton in North Devon saw more than one per cent of its residents test positive for coronavirus last week.

Latest figures for the county’s MSOA areas for the seven day period between July 8-14 show every single area is recording a cluster of three or more cases.

Four of the top five areas where the highest number of cases were confirmed were in Torbay, with Chelston, Cockington & Livermead, Paignton Central, Torquay Central, and Blatchcombe & Blagdon all seeing more than 60 cases confirmed.

But Braunton saw 96 cases in that seven day period – and with an infection rate of 1,017.4/100,000, it means that more than one per cent of the population tested positive.

Infection rates across Devon are the highest they have ever been – currently at 319.3/100,000 – and are set to rise further in upcoming days as more data gets added.

Steve Brown, Devon’s director of public health, said that while restrictions may have changed, “our responsibility as members of our family, friends and society have not changed”, and urged residents to think carefully about their actions.

He added: “We need to take personal responsibility, remain cautious, and continue with the efforts we have made so far in helping to stop the spread.

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“Employers also, the rules have changed, but please continue to do the right thing by your workforce and your customers.

“The goalposts may have moved with the intended lifting of restrictions, but our responsibility as members of our family, friends and society have not changed. Please choose to do the right thing for ourselves and others.”


AreaMSOAInfection RateCases
North DevonBraunton1017.496
TorbayChelston, Cockington & Livermead822.390
TorbayPaignton Central733.470
TorbayTorquay Central82863
TorbayBlatchcombe & Blagdon506.161
Mid DevonBradninch, Silverton & Thorverton717.560
East DevonCranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon423.457
Mid DevonCullompton636.756
East DevonExmouth Town73154
East DevonExmouth Withycombe Raleigh687.951
TorbayShiphay & the Willows482.551
TorbayBrixham Town507.548
East DevonExmouth Halsdon663.246
ExeterPennsylvania & University386.945
ExeterPinhoe & Whipton North469.744
TorbayBabbacombe & Plainmoor729.541
ExeterMiddlemoor & Sowton318.740
Mid DevonTiverton North & Outer448.939
North DevonIlfracombe East724.539
TeignbridgeNewton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough676.139
TorbaySt Marychurch & Maidencombe640.137
TeignbridgeNewton Abbot, Town Centre575.536
TorbayUpton & Hele561.436
East DevonOttery St Mary & West Hill392.935
TeignbridgeChudleigh & Bovey Tracey358.835
North DevonIlfracombe West57634
South HamsWoolwell & Lee Mill554.234
TeignbridgeTeignmouth South499.434
TeignbridgeNewton Abbot, Highweek552.834
East DevonExmouth Littleham425.932
Mid DevonTiverton East430.232
TorbayPreston & Shorton362.732
TeignbridgeOgwell, Mile End & Teigngrace369.631
East DevonExmouth Brixington463.230
ExeterExwick & Foxhayes383.329
ExeterCountess Wear & Topsham375.929
South HamsWembury, Brixton & Newton Ferrers428.129
ExeterSt James’s Park & Hoopern292.128
North DevonWoolacombe, Georgeham & Croyde519.428
North DevonBarnstaple South314.928
South HamsIvybridge238.228
TorridgeBideford South & East218.528
East DevonFeniton & Whimple308.227
ExeterMincinglake & Beacon Heath384.727
South HamsYealmpton, Modbury & Aveton Gifford350.427
South HamsTotnes Town29426
South HamsMarldon, Stoke Gabriel & Kingswear34726
ExeterHeavitree West & Polsloe292.825
ExeterSt Thomas West343.625
Mid DevonTiverton West396.325
North DevonSouth Molton250.725
East DevonSeaton318.524
ExeterSt Thomas East293.324
West DevonTavistock191.324
ExeterCentral Exeter190.323
Mid DevonUffculme & Hemyock336.323
TeignbridgeTeignmouth North271.623
TorbayClifton & Maidenway323.523
ExeterHeavitree East & Whipton South291.722
ExeterWonford & St Loye’s265.522
Mid DevonCrediton277.622
North DevonBratton Fleming, Goodleigh & Kings Heanton357.722
TorbayChurston & Galmpton325.122
East DevonHoniton North & East347.221
East DevonAxminster225.321
North DevonRoundswell & Landkey227.121
TeignbridgeDawlish North247.121
TeignbridgeDawlish South31321
TeignbridgeHeathfield & Liverton325.521
North DevonLynton & Combe Martin364.820
North DevonBarnstaple Central315.320
South HamsLoddiswell & Dartington276.820
TorbayGoodrington & Roselands279.820
TorridgeHolsworthy, Bradworthy & Welcombe197.420
East DevonPoppleford, Otterton & Woodbury308.819
South HamsKingsbridge292.519
South HamsChillington, Torcross & Stoke Fleming335.519
East DevonKilmington, Colyton & Uplyme215.618
ExeterSt Leonard’s267.918
ExeterAlphington & Marsh Barton245.218
TeignbridgeNewton Abbot, Milber & Buckland321.318
East DevonClyst, Exton & Lympstone248.717
North DevonBarnstaple Pilton291.617
South HamsSalcombe, Malborough & Thurlestone329.117
East DevonSidmouth Sidford227.616
Mid DevonMorchard Bishop, Copplestone & Newton St Cyres215.616
South HamsDartmouth294.816
TeignbridgeBishopsteignton & Shaldon238.916
TorbayHigher Brixham212.716
West DevonBere Alston, Buckland Monachorum & Yelverton252.616
North DevonBarnstaple Sticklepath254.515
North DevonFremington & Instow234.515
TeignbridgeStarcross & Exminster173.615
TeignbridgeAshburton & Buckfastleigh186.715
TorridgeBideford North251.715
Mid DevonWilland, Sampford Peverell & Halberton191.314
East DevonBudleigh Salterton209.113
TeignbridgeTedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton241.513
TeignbridgeIpplepen & Broadhempston231.513
TorridgeGreat Torrington217.413
TorridgeShebbear, Cookworthy & Broadheath183.613
West DevonChagford, Princetown & Dartmoor187.213
West DevonHorrabridge & Mary Tavy197.812
Mid DevonBampton, Holcombe & Westleigh160.711
South HamsSouth Brent & Cornwood132.311
TorridgeWestward Ho! & Northam South172.411
West DevonHatherleigh, Exbourne & North Tawton103.710
West DevonLifton, Lamerton & Bridestowe150.410
East DevonHoniton South & West163.69
TorridgeWinkleigh & High Bickington123.19
North DevonBishop’s Nympton, Witheridge & Chulmleigh117.28
TorridgeAppledore & Northam North131.28
East DevonSidbury, Offwell & Beer129.77
East DevonSidmouth Town133.67
TeignbridgeMoretonhampstead, Lustleigh & East Dartmoor1197
TorridgeHartland Coast76.85
West DevonOkehampton65.75
East DevonDunkesewell, Upottery & Stockland68.94
Mid DevonBow, Lapford & Yeoford47.13