Areas of Devon in the ‘purple zone’ for highest Covid rates

There are 11 areas of Devon within the ‘purple zone’ for high Covid infections.

[The Devon County Dashboard is beginning to show increases in infections amongst all groups except the 80+. Time for a policy change? – Owl]

Daniel Clark 

The latest Government figures, which cover the seven day period between October 11-17, show that the 11 areas have rates of more than 800/100,000, with three areas over the 1000/100,000 mark, indicating more than one per cent of the population tested positive in seven days.

Tiverton East is the Covid capital of the Devon, with rates of 1212/100,000, closely followed by Kilmington, Colyton & Uplyme on 1130/100,000 and Winkleigh & High Bickington on 1086/100,000.

Woolwell & Lee Mill, Tiverton North & Outer, Ottery St Mary & West Hill, Hatherleigh, Exbourne & North Tawton, Tedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton, Willand, Sampford Peverell & Halberton, Okehampton and Honiton South & West are also all above the 800/100,000 mark and thus are shown in purple on the Government map.

At the other end of the scale, Central Exeter is the only area of Devon with a rate below 100/100,000, with St Thomas East, Pennsylvania & University, and St James’s Park & Hoopern also among the five lowest areas in Devon.

Infection rates in Devon are currently at 482/100,000, and have risen 25 per cent in the past week, although the rate of growth has been slowing down.

Mid Devon is 66th, West Devon is 76th, East Devon 93rd, Torridge 125th, North Devon 153rd, Plymouth 164th, South Hams 190th, Teignbridge 196th, Torbay 218th, and Exeter 261st out of 315 regions for infection rates

Devon Covid infection rates

Devon Covid infection rates

The rates though are as high as they have been in the county since August 24.

Rates in 0-19s are the highest of any age group, but only in Torridge are they currently falling.

Official Government figures showed that numbers of patients at Torbay Hospital have gone from 18 to 24, North Devon District Hospital had risen from 15 to 17, while Derriford Hospital rose from 40 to 49, but in Exeter, numbers are down from 34 to 28.

In the last week, there has been seven deaths in Devon, none in Plymouth, and one in Torbay.

Online article contains a full listing of area infection rates. 

From the Devon Covid Dashboard for East Devon

A few weeks ago the rise in Covid case rates was concentrated in the 0-19 and 10-19 year old age groups, most likely attributable to school children and their families. Now all age groups except the 80+ are showing increases as the infection spreads more widely in the community. So far the government is holding Plan B on ice. A prudent government would also be preparing a Plan C. – Owl

Quote from Professor Tim Spector – (Owl’s emphasis):

“….As feared, cases have spilled over into the older age group which will certainly lead to more hospitalisations and deaths. The UK needs to act now to prevent the situation from escalating out of control ahead of winter. 

The two main reasons we’re seeing cases back at January peaks are the UK’s flagging vaccine programme, which has failed to get more than 67 percent of the population double vaccinated, and lifting most restrictions too early. As the ZOE COVID Study shows, the majority of new cases in the UK are in the unvaccinated. More needs to be done to encourage, cajole and educate people into getting their jabs, and support those who need them to get their booster shots. I’d also welcome the return of simple measures, such as wearing masks on public transport and in crowded, poorly-ventilated places, avoiding large indoor gatherings and working from home where possible. Unfortunately, the government’s refusal to take COVID seriously since ‘Freedom Day’ has only encouraged the idea that COVID isn’t worth worrying about. Doing nothing now will just make it worse. This pandemic is far from over, and whilst it seems some would rather bury their heads in the sand, COVID-19 and its new variants have other plans.”

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