Many areas across Devon have recorded more than 50 cases of Covid-19, according to the latest figures.
Charlotte Becquart www.devonlive.com
Devon had 15 coronavirus hotspots of more than 50 cases between July 24 and 30, data published by the Government has revealed.
The biggest cluster – area where three or more cases have been reported – was Central Exeter, with 78 confirmed positive tests.
Four other areas of Exeter recorded over 50 cases. They were: Countess Wear & Topsham (59), Heavitree West & Polsloe (63), Pennsylvania & University (56), St James’s Park & Hoopern (68).
In the Torbay area, three areas recorded more than 50 cases. They were: Chelston, Cockington & Livermead (60), Paignton Central (59), Shiphay & the Willows (56).
In Plymouth, Cattedown & Prince Rock had 54 cases, City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour recorded 65, Ham, Beacon Park & Pennycross had 54, Honicknowle & Manadon had 57, Lipson had 60, Millbay & Stonehouse had 69 and Mutley had 61.
North Devon’s highest number of cases was 39 and was recorded in Braunton. South Hams’ biggest cluster was Totnes Town with 45 cases.
In the Teignbridge area, the highest number of confirmed positive tests – 38 – was recorded in Starcross & Exminster.
It was revealed on Wednesday that Exeter has the third highest infection rate in England.
According to data from the PA news agency, based on Public Health England data from 3 August, the case numbers have increased from 484 positive tests to 712 in just one week.
To paint an accurate reflection across the 315 local areas in England, PA has calculated the case rate to show how many people would have coronavirus if there were 100,000 people living in the city.
In Exeter, there are the equivalent to 541.8 cases per 100,000 of the population, sitting slightly below Lincoln with 717 and Middlesbrough with 550.4.
Plymouth has the tenth highest Covid-19 infection rate in the country – although the city’s infection rate did fall in the latest set of data.
In the Torbay area, the council’s director of public health confirmed multiple care homes have been reporting Covid infections.
Dr Lincoln Sergeant said that 17 residents and six staff in local care homes recently tested positive for the virus, with nine cases in one home alone.
The premises involved have not been revealed by the health director.
One unvaccinated resident was taken to hospital, although no deaths have been reported as a result of the outbreak.
Last month, infections in Torbay reached their highest recorded level since the pandemic began, with 960 cases in the week commencing 11 July.
Since then rates have fallen, with 564 new cases recorded in the week commencing 25 July. You can read more about this here.