Covid cases in Devon have skyrocketed after weeks of consistent drops in infections.
Joe Ives www.devonlive.com
In the latest complete seven day period (to Sunday, 6 March) the county recorded 6,517 new cases, 1,899 more than in the previous week. The 41 per cent rise takes the infection rate across Devon to 556 per 100,000 of the population, higher than the national average of 459.
The Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, recorded 3,133 cases, 37 per cent (1,158) more than the previous week. The jump in cases takes the area’s infection rates to 529 per 100,000.
Plymouth has 532 cases per 100,000 of the population after a spike in infections. The city’s 1,399 new cases represent a 449 (39 per cent) rise on than the previous week.
Torbay’s 826 new infections represent a sharp, 55 per cent (292 cases) increase compared to the previous week. The Bay’s infection rate now sits at 606 per 100,000 of the population.
It reflects a national picture where, in the seven day period (to Sunday, 6 March), the UK recorded 307,679 cases, a 31 per cent increase on the previous week.
It follows the government’s decision to launch its “living with covid” strategy on February 24, which ended all restrictions in England, including the requirement to stay at home if infected. As things stand free lateral flow tests will no longer be available for most people from April 1.
As of the most recent data (from Tuesday 8 March) 216 patients were in Devon’s hospitals with covid, 48 more than the previous week. At 106 Plymouth has the highest number of infected people in hospital. Elsewhere, 62 infected patients are in the RD&E in Exeter, while Torbay has 31 and north Devon 17.
Across Devon, five patients are on mechanical ventilation beds, four more than in the previous week.
Deaths have risen in the most recent complete seven-day period (to Sunday 6 February). Ten people died within 28 days of receiving a positive covid test across Devon, three more than in the previous week.
Eight people died in the Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay. One death was recorded in Torbay and another in Plymouth. Across Devon, a total of 1,620 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, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, 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, 86 and 67 per cent respectively.