The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall have nearly halved in the previous seven days – with cases falling everywhere.

A total of 1,266 new cases have been confirmed across the two counties – the lowest since the week ending October 16 – and Friday’s figure of 97 cases is the first ‘double figure’ total since October 2.

In all 11 regions of Devon and Cornwall, cases have fallen, with Cornwall, Plymouth, the South Hams and Torbay seeing a more than 50 per cent drop.

Government statistics show that 1,266 new cases have been confirmed across the region in the past seven days in both pillar 1 data from tests carried out by the NHS and pillar 2 data from commercial partners, compared to 2,367 new cases confirmed last week.

Of the 1,266 new cases confirmed since November 20, 232 were in Cornwall, with 180 in East Devon, 141 in Exeter, 59 in Mid Devon, 104 in North Devon, 231 in Plymouth, 33 in South Hams, 73 in Teignbridge, 119 in Torbay, 51 in Torridge and 43 in West Devon.

This compares to the 2,367cases confirmed between November 14 and 20 of which, 478 were in Cornwall, 244 in East Devon, 220 in Exeter, 79 in Mid Devon, 170 in North Devon, 597 in Plymouth, 89 in the South Hams, 108 in Teignbridge, 263 in Torbay, 66 in Torridge and 53 in West Devon.

Of the 1,266 new cases, 970 had a specimen date between November 20 and 26, with 171 in Cornwall, 152 in East Devon, 101 in Exeter, 40 in Mid Devon, 84 in North Devon, 179 in Plymouth, 25 in South Hams, 62 in Teignbridge, 86 in Torbay, 42 in Torridge and 28 in West Devon.

By specimen date, only Torridge isn’t seeing a fall in cases, although it’s total number of cases are one of the lowest in the region, and although East Devon and Teignbridge had seen a ‘one day spike’ in their rolling averages, they are now falling again as well.

The number of people in hospital in the South West has fallen in the last seven days, now at 938 from 942 last Friday, although there are currently 67 patients in mechanical ventilation beds, up from 65 as of last Friday.

The number of patients in hospital across Devon and Cornwall following a positive Covid-19 test has risen since last week – but only just.

NHS England figures show that as of Tuesday morning (November 24), there were 272 patients across Devon and Cornwall, in hospital after a positive Covid-19 test. This compares to 265 as of November 17.

But while the number of patients in the Royal Devon and Exeter, North Devon and Cornish hospitals has increased, Torbay Hospital has seen a decrease for the second week running, while Derriford Hospital has seen its number drop by more than 40 per cent.

The figures show there were 128 patients in the Royal Devon and Exeter (up from 106), 53 in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth (down from 90), 35 in Torbay Hospital (down from 39), 29 in North Devon District Hospital (up from 18), nine at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (up from six), six in Cornish Partnership Trust hospitals (up from 4), while 11 beds at Livewell SouthWest facilities in Plymouth (up from 2) and one bed at Devon Partnership Trust facilities (up from 0) were also occupied.

There were 16 patients in Mechanical Ventilation beds, down from 19, with one patient in Torbay Hospital, five at the RD&E and North Devon District Hospital, and ten at Derriford Hospital, with none in Cornwall.

The figures show the amount of patients in hospital following a positive COVID-19 test who are currently occupying a bed.

But not every patient would necessarily have been admitted to hospital due to COVID-19, with a number of patients either contracting the virus inside the hospital, or being admitted for unrelated reasons but subsequently testing positive asymptotically when given routine tests.

In the last week, there 21 deaths within hospitals in Devon and Cornwall within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 death, with nine in Exeter, two in Torbay, six in Plymouth, three in North Devon, and one in Cornwall.

And while NHS 111 data for Cornwall is slightly up on last week, Devon is down 25 per cent and at the lowest level since August 22, and the R-Rate for the South West fallen to 0.9-1.1 from 1.0-1.3.

In terms of the latest MSOA cluster maps, that cover the period of specimen dates between November 16 and November 22, Callington and Pensilva (21), Bodmin East (20), Wonford and St Loye’s (20), and Barnstaple Sticklepath (20) are the only four areas with a cluster of 20 or more – compared to 29 last week.

Ottery St Mary and West Hill (17), Cullompton (15), Efford, Laira & Crabtree (18), Ivybridge (7), Starcross and Exminster (12), Higher Brixham and Preston and Shorton (18), Hartland Coast (11) and Okehampton (10) are the areas in the other districts with the highest cluster numbers.

It comes as Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health Devon (Designate) said this week that going into Tier 2 will give the best chance for Devon to see cases continue to fall.

“When we were in Tier 1, prior to the current national restrictions, we saw continued rising cases,” he said.

“It’s only been recently, as a result of the national lockdown, that we have seen those cases plateau and ultimately start to fall.

“Devon going into Tier 2 is the best chance for us to continue to see those cases fall.”

The COVID-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories around the UK to be tested. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.

Confirmed positive cases are matched to ONS geographical area codes using the home postcode of the person tested.

Cases received from laboratories by 12.30am are included in the counts published that day. While there may have been new cases of coronavirus confirmed or people having tested positive, those test results either yet to reach PHE for adding to the dataset or were not received in time for the latest daily figures to be published.

FULL CLUSTER LIST

Nov 16-22 Area Number Rate per 100/000
Cornwall Callington & Pensilva 21 251.6
Cornwall Bodmin East 20 236.9
Cornwall Bodmin West 18 225.1
Cornwall Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield 12 189.7
Cornwall Illogan & Portreath 13 182.6
Cornwall Trebetherick & Whitecross 8 142.1
Cornwall Wadebridge 10 140.8
Cornwall Bude & Stratton 15 140.6
Cornwall Perranporth & Goonhavern 8 134.7
Cornwall Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert 9 131.1
Cornwall St Neot & St Cleer 7 106
Cornwall Poundstock & Kilkhampton 8 105.8
Cornwall Newquay West 7 94.6
Cornwall St Ives & Halsetown 6 86.3
Cornwall Truro East 7 82.2
Cornwall St Columb Minor & Porth 7 79.7
Cornwall St Columb Major & St Mawgan 9 78.7
Cornwall Gunnislake & Calstock 5 77.4
Cornwall Roche & Goss Moor 6 76
Cornwall Saltash Latchbrook & St Stephens 4 71.7
Cornwall Altarnun & Stoke Climsland 6 70.6
Cornwall Pool & Illogan Highway 6 69.2
Cornwall St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet 4 64.1
Cornwall St Agnes & Mount Hawke 5 59.7
Cornwall St Germans & St Mellion 4 59.5
Cornwall Trewoon, Coombe & Foxhole 5 59.4
Cornwall Dobwalls, Addington & Menheniot 5 56.5
Cornwall Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine 6 52.2
Cornwall Marazion, St Erth & Gwinear Gwithian 5 52
Cornwall Redruth South 4 49.5
Cornwall St Austell Central 5 49.3
Cornwall Crowan, Wendron & Stithians 4 47.3
Cornwall Saltash Town & Pillmere 3 42.2
Cornwall Crackington & Tintagel 3 41.7
Cornwall Camelford & Tresmeer 3 41.4
Cornwall Helston 5 41.1
Cornwall St Austell North & Carclaze 3 41
Cornwall St Austell East & Carlyon Bay 4 40.6
Cornwall Lanreath, Pelynt & Polraun 3 38.2
Cornwall Falmouth North 3 38.2
Cornwall Newquay East 3 30.1
Cornwall Truro West 3 28.6
Cornwall Liskeard 0-2 0
Cornwall Mid Saltash 0-2 0
Cornwall Torpoint 0-2 0
Cornwall Looe & Polperro 0-2 0
Cornwall Truro South & Central 0-2 0
Cornwall Shortlanesend, Chacewater & Carnon Downs 0-2 0
Cornwall Probus & Roseland 0-2 0
Cornwall Mylor Bridge & Frogpool 0-2 0
Cornwall Penryn 0-2 0
Cornwall Falmouth East 0-2 0
Cornwall Falmouth West & South 0-2 0
Cornwall Redruth North 0-2 0
Cornwall St Day & Lanner 0-2 0
Cornwall Camborne East 0-2 0
Cornwall Camborne West 0-2 0
Cornwall Camborne South 0-2 0
Cornwall Porthleven, Breage & Praa Sands 0-2 0
Cornwall The Lizard 0-2 0
Cornwall Launceston 0-2 0
Cornwall Padstow & St Issey 0-2 0
Cornwall Hayle 0-2 0
Cornwall Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay 0-2 0
Cornwall West Penwith & St Buryan 0-2 0
Cornwall Penzance North 0-2 0
Cornwall Penzance Quay 0-2 0
Cornwall St Just & Land’s End 0-2 0
Cornwall Penzance South & Newlyn 0-2 0
Cornwall Lostwithiel & Penwithick 0-2 0
Cornwall Par 0-2 0
Cornwall Tywardreath & Fowey 0-2 0
Cornwall Mevagissey & Polgooth 0-2 0
East Devon (Devon) Exmouth Brixington 14 216.2
East Devon (Devon) Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh 15 202.3
East Devon (Devon) Exmouth Halsdon 14 201.8
East Devon (Devon) Ottery St Mary & West Hill 17 190.9
East Devon (Devon) Sidmouth Sidford 13 184.9
East Devon (Devon) Honiton South & West 9 163.6
East Devon (Devon) Clyst, Exton & Lympstone 10 146.3
East Devon (Devon) Exmouth Town 8 108.3
East Devon (Devon) Exmouth Littleham 8 106.5
East Devon (Devon) Honiton North & East 6 99.2
East Devon (Devon) Budleigh Salterton 6 96.5
East Devon (Devon) Sidbury, Offwell & Beer 5 92.7
East Devon (Devon) Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon 12 89.1
East Devon (Devon) Poppleford, Otterton & Woodbury 5 81.3
East Devon (Devon) Sidmouth Town 3 57.3
East Devon (Devon) Feniton & Whimple 5 57.1
East Devon (Devon) Seaton 4 53.1
East Devon (Devon) Dunkesewell, Upottery & Stockland 3 51.7
East Devon (Devon) Kilmington, Colyton & Uplyme 4 47.9
East Devon (Devon) Axminster 4 42.9
Exeter (Devon) Wonford & St Loye’s 20 241.3
Exeter (Devon) Exwick & Foxhayes 13 171.8
Exeter (Devon) Heavitree West & Polsloe 13 152.3
Exeter (Devon) St Leonard’s 10 148.8
Exeter (Devon) Middlemoor & Sowton 18 143.4
Exeter (Devon) Mincinglake & Beacon Heath 10 142.5
Exeter (Devon) St Thomas West 10 137.5
Exeter (Devon) Pennsylvania & University 14 120.4
Exeter (Devon) Alphington & Marsh Barton 8 109
Exeter (Devon) Countess Wear & Topsham 8 103.7
Exeter (Devon) Pinhoe & Whipton North 7 74.7
Exeter (Devon) St James’s Park & Hoopern 6 62.6
Exeter (Devon) St Thomas East 5 61.1
Exeter (Devon) Central Exeter 7 57.9
Exeter (Devon) Heavitree East & Whipton South 4 53
Mid Devon (Devon) Cullompton 15 170.6
Mid Devon (Devon) Willand, Sampford Peverell & Halberton 12 163.9
Mid Devon (Devon) Tiverton North & Outer 11 126.6
Mid Devon (Devon) Crediton 8 100.9
Mid Devon (Devon) Bradninch, Silverton & Thorverton 8 95.7
Mid Devon (Devon) Tiverton East 6 80.7
Mid Devon (Devon) Tiverton West 5 79.3
Mid Devon (Devon) Bow, Lapford & Yeoford 5 78.5
Mid Devon (Devon) Uffculme & Hemyock 5 73.1
Mid Devon (Devon) Bampton, Holcombe & Westleigh 5 73
Mid Devon (Devon) Morchard Bishop, Copplestone & Newton St Cyres 3 40.4
North Devon (Devon) Barnstaple Sticklepath 20 339.3
North Devon (Devon) Barnstaple Pilton 16 274.4
North Devon (Devon) Bratton Fleming, Goodleigh & Kings Heanton 9 146.3
North Devon (Devon) Barnstaple Central 9 141.9
North Devon (Devon) Braunton 11 116.6
North Devon (Devon) South Molton 11 110.3
North Devon (Devon) Roundswell & Landkey 8 86.5
North Devon (Devon) Barnstaple South 7 78.7
North Devon (Devon) Fremington & Instow 5 78.2
North Devon (Devon) Woolacombe, Georgeham & Croyde 4 74.2
North Devon (Devon) Bishop’s Nympton, Witheridge & Chulmleigh 5 73.2
North Devon (Devon) Lynton & Combe Martin 3 54.7
North Devon (Devon) Ilfracombe East 0-2 0
North Devon (Devon) Ilfracombe West 0-2 0
Plymouth Deer Park & Leigham 16 218.4
Plymouth Derriford & Estover 17 214.9
Plymouth Efford, Laira & Crabtree 18 197.7
Plymouth Mannamead & Hartley 14 179.3
Plymouth Keyham 13 169.5
Plymouth Ford & Blockhouse Park 13 163.9
Plymouth Tamerton Foliot 13 161.3
Plymouth Honicknowle & Manadon 13 147.6
Plymouth Southway 12 137.9
Plymouth King’s Tamerton & West Park 10 134.9
Plymouth St Budeaux 14 134.4
Plymouth North Prospect 9 132.8
Plymouth Stoke & Pennycomequick 9 131.8
Plymouth Lipson 11 125.7
Plymouth Plympton St Maurice 9 122.5
Plymouth Peverell 9 119.4
Plymouth City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour 12 113.2
Plymouth Higher Compton & Eggbuckland 8 111.7
Plymouth Mutley 9 101.6
Plymouth Millbay & Stonehouse 12 97.1
Plymouth Devonport, Mount Wise & Morice Town 9 96.4
Plymouth Plymstock Hooe & Oreston 10 96
Plymouth Cattedown & Prince Rock 9 94.7
Plymouth Plymstock Goosewell & Staddiscombe 7 93.7
Plymouth Plymstock Elburton 7 90.2
Plymouth Ernesettle 5 82.3
Plymouth Crownhill 5 81
Plymouth Plympton Underwood 6 78.3
Plymouth Plympton St Mary 4 51.8
Plymouth Glenholt & Widewell 3 42.6
Plymouth Ham, Beacon Park & Pennycross 0-2 0
Plymouth Plympton Chaddlewood 0-2 0
South Hams (Devon) Kingsbridge 6 92.4
South Hams (Devon) Loddiswell & Dartington 6 83
South Hams (Devon) Woolwell & Lee Mill 4 65.2
South Hams (Devon) Yealmpton, Modbury & Aveton Gifford 5 64.9
South Hams (Devon) South Brent & Cornwood 5 60.1
South Hams (Devon) Ivybridge 7 59.5
South Hams (Devon) Wembury, Brixton & Newton Ferrers 4 59
South Hams (Devon) Marldon, Stoke Gabriel & Kingswear 4 53.4
South Hams (Devon) Totnes Town 4 45.2
South Hams (Devon) Dartmouth 0-2 0
South Hams (Devon) Chillington, Torcross & Stoke Fleming 0-2 0
South Hams (Devon) Salcombe, Malborough & Thurlestone 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Starcross & Exminster 12 138.9
Teignbridge (Devon) Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh & East Dartmoor 7 119
Teignbridge (Devon) Kingsteignton 9 101
Teignbridge (Devon) Ogwell, Mile End & Teigngrace 8 95.4
Teignbridge (Devon) Tedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton 5 92.9
Teignbridge (Devon) Teignmouth South 5 73.4
Teignbridge (Devon) Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland 4 71.4
Teignbridge (Devon) Dawlish North 6 70.6
Teignbridge (Devon) Newton Abbot, Highweek 4 65
Teignbridge (Devon) Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough 3 52
Teignbridge (Devon) Chudleigh & Bovey Tracey 5 51.3
Teignbridge (Devon) Teignmouth North 4 47.2
Teignbridge (Devon) Dawlish South 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Heathfield & Liverton 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Bishopsteignton & Shaldon 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Newton Abbot, Town Centre 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Kingskerswell 0-2 0
Teignbridge (Devon) Ipplepen & Broadhempston 0-2 0
Torbay Higher Brixham 18 239.3
Torbay Preston & Shorton 18 204
Torbay Paignton Central 15 157.2
Torbay Clifton & Maidenway 11 154.7
Torbay Goodrington & Roselands 11 153.9
Torbay Brixham Town 13 137.4
Torbay Shiphay & the Willows 12 113.5
Torbay Blatchcombe & Blagdon 13 107.9
Torbay Ellacombe 6 102.9
Torbay Wellswood 8 102
Torbay Chelston, Cockington & Livermead 10 91.4
Torbay Churston & Galmpton 6 88.7
Torbay Watcombe 4 55.4
Torbay Babbacombe & Plainmoor 3 53.4
Torbay St Marychurch & Maidencombe 0-2 0
Torbay Upton & Hele 0-2 0
Torbay Torquay Central 0-2 0
Torridge (Devon) Hartland Coast 11 169
Torridge (Devon) Westward Ho! & Northam South 7 109.7
Torridge (Devon) Bideford North 6 100.7
Torridge (Devon) Bideford South & East 10 78
Torridge (Devon) Shebbear, Cookworthy & Broadheath 4 56.5
Torridge (Devon) Winkleigh & High Bickington 4 54.7
Torridge (Devon) Great Torrington 3 50.2
Torridge (Devon) Holsworthy, Bradworthy & Welcombe 5 49.3
Torridge (Devon) Appledore & Northam North 0-2 0
West Devon (Devon) Okehampton 10 131.4
West Devon (Devon) Lifton, Lamerton & Bridestowe 8 120.3
West Devon (Devon) Bere Alston, Buckland Monachorum & Yelverton 7 110.5
West Devon (Devon) Horrabridge & Mary Tavy 6 98.9
West Devon (Devon) Chagford, Princetown & Dartmoor 6 86.4
West Devon (Devon) Hatherleigh, Exbourne & North Tawton 8 82.9
West Devon (Devon) Tavistock 4 31.9
Isles of Scilly Isles of Scilly 0-2 0





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