Covid-19 figures might be dropping, but new figures show that numbers are actually still going up in some parts of the country – including in an area of Devon.

Late last week, the national R number – the average number of people each person with coronavirus infects – fell to below one for the first time since August, as the effects of the second lockdown start to be felt.

Figures show 297 out of 315 local areas are recording a drop in coronavirus numbers.

Out of the 18 that continue to see a rise, two are in the South West – and one is in Devon.

Torridge, in North Devon, has seen a rise from 90.8 cases per 100,000 people to 92.3, while Mendip, in Somerset, is up from 109.9 to 116.8.

Both increases are small, and they remain as Tier 2 areas for the time being.

Everywhere else in the region is currently recording a drop in rates.

The South West includes the only other area in England, along with the Isle of Wight, that is being placed in Tier 1 – Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

There, the rate currently stands at 40.2, down from 67.3.

Three areas in the South West are going into Tier 3: Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

All other parts of the region, excluding these three and Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, are going into Tier 2.

Bristol currently has the highest rate in the region (208.5) while Cotswold has the lowest (36.7).





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