The people of Torbay have been praised by health bosses fro the way they pulled together and stopped an exponential rise in new cases of Covid-19.

In the last fortnight the number of new cases has dropped from 344 to 189. The overall rate has fallen from 239 to 139 per 100,000 people and in Brixham it’s fallen from 647 to about 200 per 100,000. There have been two new deaths in the area, taking the total to 81.

In a new YouTube video Director of Public Health Dr Caroline Dimond appealed for people not to stop working together at the end of lockdown and in the run up to Christmas.

She said: “I’m worried that the great work that you’ve all done in the last few weeks will be undone.”

But she said the new figures showed Torbay was winning the battle: “This is really good news. We’ve demonstrated that together we can really do this and that by sticking to the rules and caring for each other, probably in a slightly different way, the people in Torbay whether you’re in Torquay, Paignton or Brixham you can work together and you can turn things around.

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“Last week and the week before I appealed to you all to take Covid more seriously as at the time our rates were rising in the Bay exponentially. I asked for your help and many, many of you did respond.

“We are making a fantastic effort.

“The really good news is that the rates are now coming down and the cases that we are seeing coming through are falling.

“In the last week we had 189 cases, down from 270 the week before and 344 the week before that.

“This means that our overall rate has fallen from 239 per 100,000 to 139 per 100,000.

“And in Brixham where we were particularly worried it’s fallen from 647 to about 200 per 100,000.”

The areas of Torbay with the highest number of new cases are:

Brixham Town 24

HIgher Brixham 20

Shiphay and the Willows 20

Chelston, Cockington and Livermead 19.

And the areas with the lowest number of new cases over the last week are:

Babbacombe and Plainmoor 4

Ellacombe 5

Torquay Central 7

And Goodrington & Roselands 7

Dr Dimond’s five steps to keeping Torbay Covid safe:

Dr Caroline Dimond, director of public health in Torbay

1 Get a test if you have symptoms

2 Self isolate

3 Encourage friends and family to do the same, and let people know that self-isolation discretionary payments are available through the council to those who struggle to self-isolate.

4 Remember the hands, face and space advice

5 Spread the word.

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She also gave advice about flu jabs: “It’s flu season at the moment and some of you will be eligible and it’s probably more important than ever that you get your flu jab this time and help take the pressure off the NHS at this busy time.”





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