Coronavirus rates in parts of Devon remain the highest in England – but are on their way down. Latest infection rates, for the seven day period ending October 8, show that West Devon has the highest rates of any of the 315 local authority areas in the country.
Daniel Clark Content Editor & Politics Reporter www.devonlive.com
Plymouth (4th) and Teignbridge (6th) are inside the top ten. The South Hams, Torbay and East Devon are also inside the top 20.
But there are signs that the most recent Covid wave might have peaked. While rates in West Devon at 204/100,000 are the highest in England, they are down on the 251/100,000 they were at earlier in the week.
Rates in Plymouth, Torbay and Teignbridge have also fallen slightly back on where they were earlier in the week. Only in North Devon and East Devon do rates appear to still be climbing, rather than falling or plateauing.
It comes as the number of patients in hospital following a positive Covid test in hospitals across Devon have fallen. While numbers of patients in Exeter and North Devon as of October 12 have risen to 100 from the 90 as of October 5, numbers elsewhere have fallen.
At Derriford Hospital, numbers of patients in hospital have dropped from 98 as of October 5 to 84 on October 12. While at Torbay Hospital, the numbers have fallen dramatically from 61 down to 24.
LATEST COVID RATES
West Devon (204/100,000)
South Hams (163/100,000)
East Devon (160/100,000)
Mid Devon (147/100,000)