Devon covid down a third

The reliability of these figures depends on the extent that individuals are still testing themselves, now that people are only “encouraged” to follow public health advice.

Once lateral flow tests are no longer free, the random sampling conducted by the ONS will be the only reliable official source, though the zoe app will continue. – Owl

Joe Ives, local democracy reporter

Still nearly 5,000 new cases in a week

Covid cases in Devon have fallen by almost a third in a single week, continuing a downward trend.

In the latest complete seven day period (to Sunday, 27 February) the county recorded 4,618 new cases; 2,117 fewer than the previous week. The 31 per cent fall takes the infection rate across Devon to 380 per 100,000 of the population, but that is still higher than the national average of 357.

The Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, recorded 3,133 cases, 29 per cent (1,306) fewer than the previous week. The area’s 3,133 new cases take its infection rates to 386 per 100,000.

Plymouth has 361 cases per 100,000 following a large decrease in infections, in which 611 (39 per cent) fewer cases were recorded.

Torbay’s 535 new infections represent a 27 per cent (201 cases) drop compared to the previous week. The Bay’s infection rate now sits at 380 per 100,000 of the population. 


As of the most recent data (from Tuesday 1 March) 168 patients were in Devon’s hospitals with covid, 26 more than the previous week.

At 80, Plymouth has the highest number of people in hospital with covid. Elsewhere, 60 covid patients are in the RD&E in Exeter, while Torbay has 19 and North Devon nine. 

Out of the 168 patients, only one is in a mechanical ventilation bed.


Deaths have decreased in the most recent complete seven-day period (to Sunday 27 February). Seven people died within 28 days of receiving a positive covid test across Devon, five fewer than in the previous week.

Five people died with covid in the Devon County Council area, one in Torbay and another in Plymouth.

Across Devon, a total of 1,610 people have now died within 28 days of a positive covid test.


Eighty-nine per cent of people aged 12 and above have had their first dose of a vaccine in the Devon County Council area, with 84 per cent receiving both doses. Seventy-one per cent have now had their ‘booster’ dose.

In Plymouth, 85 per cent have had one dose, while 80 per cent have had both. Sixty-one per cent have had the booster.

In Torbay, 86 per cent have received one dose, while 82 per cent have had both jabs. Sixty-six per cent have had their third vaccine.

The national rates are 92, 85 and 67 per cent respectively.