There were 941 new cases of coronavirus recorded across Devon in the seven days to December 28, according to official figures released today (January 2).

In that time, Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon recorded more positive Covid-19 tests than any other area – with 31.

Elsewhere, there were rises of 27 in Ottery St Mary and West Hill, 25 in Chagford, Princetown and Dartmoor, and 22 in Loddiswell and Dartington.

The Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon also recorded the highest infection rate across Devon, with 360 new cases per 100,000 people.

This was followed by Woolacombe, Georgeham and Croyde with 315.3, Loddiswell and Dartington with 304.5, and Ottery St Mary and West Hill with 303.1.

Across the UK, the death toll now stands at 74,570 and 2,599,789 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

This represents an increase of 445 and 57,725 respectively over the past 24 hours.

Area New positives
22-Dec to 28-Dec
Rate per 100K
22-Dec to 28-Dec
Appledore & Northam North 5 82
Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 6 74.7
Axminster 6 64.4
Babbacombe & Plainmoor 6 106.8
Bampton, Holcombe & Westleigh 11 160.7
Barnstaple Central 6 94.6
Barnstaple Pilton 5 85.8
Barnstaple South 13 146.2
Barnstaple Sticklepath 10 169.6
Bere Alston, Buckland Monachorum & Yelverton 8 126.3
Bideford North 12 201.4
Bideford South & East 15 117.1
Bishop’s Nympton, Witheridge & Chulmleigh 6 87.9
Bishopsteignton & Shaldon 10 149.3
Blatchcombe & Blagdon 8 66.4
Bow, Lapford & Yeoford 7 109.9
Bradninch, Silverton & Thorverton 19 227.2
Bratton Fleming, Goodleigh & Kings Heanton 3 48.8
Braunton 10 106
Brixham Town 8 84.6
Budleigh Salterton 7 112.6
Chagford, Princetown & Dartmoor 25 360
Chelston, Cockington & Livermead 10 91.4
Chillington, Torcross & Stoke Fleming 5 88.3
Chudleigh & Bovey Tracey 10 102.5
Churston & Galmpton 7 103.4
Clifton & Maidenway 9 126.6
Clyst, Exton & Lympstone 6 87.8
Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon 31 230.3
Crediton 11 138.8
Cullompton 20 227.4
Dartmouth 10 184.3
Dawlish North 13 153
Dawlish South 6 89.4
Dunkesewell, Upottery & Stockland 6 103.3
Ellacombe 4 68.6
Exmouth Brixington 5 77.2
Exmouth Halsdon 13 187.4
Exmouth Littleham 17 226.2
Exmouth Town 5 67.7
Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh 13 175.3
Feniton & Whimple 17 194.1
Fremington & Instow 12 187.6
Goodrington & Roselands 5 70
Great Torrington 0 0
Hartland Coast 6 92.2
Hatherleigh, Exbourne & North Tawton 8 82.9
Heathfield & Liverton 14 217
Higher Brixham 3 39.9
Holsworthy, Bradworthy & Welcombe 8 78.9
Honiton North & East 8 132.3
Honiton South & West 13 236.3
Horrabridge & Mary Tavy 6 98.9
Ilfracombe East 0 0
Ilfracombe West 7 118.6
Ipplepen & Broadhempston 0 0
Ivybridge 17 144.6
Kilmington, Colyton & Uplyme 3 35.9
Kingsbridge 4 61.6
Kingskerswell 13 211.6
Kingsteignton 4 44.9
Lifton, Lamerton & Bridestowe 10 150.4
Loddiswell & Dartington 22 304.5
Lynton & Combe Martin 4 73
Marldon, Stoke Gabriel & Kingswear 7 93.4
Morchard Bishop, Copplestone & Newton St Cyres 8 107.8
Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh & East Dartmoor 16 271.9
Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough 10 173.4
Newton Abbot, Highweek 6 97.6
Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland 8 142.8
Newton Abbot, Town Centre 11 175.9
Ogwell, Mile End & Teigngrace 10 119.2
Okehampton 4 52.6
Ottery St Mary & West Hill 27 303.1
Paignton Central 0 0
Poppleford, Otterton & Woodbury 0 0
Preston & Shorton 13 147.4
Roundswell & Landkey 8 86.5
Salcombe, Malborough & Thurlestone 11 213
Seaton 0 0
Shebbear, Cookworthy & Broadheath 5 70.6
Shiphay & the Willows 7 66.2
Sidbury, Offwell & Beer 4 74.1
Sidmouth Sidford 0 0
Sidmouth Town 4 76.4
South Brent & Cornwood 5 60.1
South Molton 5 50.1
St Marychurch & Maidencombe 8 138.4
Starcross & Exminster 12 138.9
Tavistock 16 127.5
Tedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton 6 111.5
Teignmouth North 17 200.8
Teignmouth South 0 0
Tiverton East 7 94.1
Tiverton North & Outer 8 92.1
Tiverton West 8 126.8
Torquay Central 9 118.3
Totnes Town 0 0
Uffculme & Hemyock 11 160.8
Upton & Hele 6 93.6
Watcombe 0 0
Wellswood 8 102
Wembury, Brixton & Newton Ferrers 9 132.9
Westward Ho! & Northam South 9 141
Willand, Sampford Peverell & Halberton 6 82
Winkleigh & High Bickington 5 68.4
Woolacombe, Georgeham & Croyde 17 315.3
Woolwell & Lee Mill 11 179.3
Yealmpton, Modbury & Aveton Gifford 8 103.8

The Government is facing increasing pressure from teaching unions to delay the reopening of all schools in England amid fears over the spread of the new strain of Covid-19.

The National Education Union (NEU) said all primary and secondary schools should remain closed for two weeks following the Christmas break, while the NASUWT has written to the Education Secretary calling for an “immediate nationwide move to remote education” for all pupils.

The NEU has also advised primary school staff it is unsafe to return to classrooms on Monday.

On Friday, Gavin Williamson confirmed that all London primary schools will remain shut next week – rather than just those in certain boroughs as set out earlier in the week.

But unions say extending that to all schools in England is “the only sensible and credible option”.





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