TWO new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Teignbridge over the past week.
It has now been 14 days since a positive coronavirus case was recorded in West Devon – while Torbay has gone a full week without any new cases.
Just 44 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded from lab-confirmed tests across Devon and Cornwall in the last seven days, with more than half occurring in either Plymouth or across the Tamar in Cornwall.
West Devon has now seen no new cases for 14 days, while Torbay has not seen a new case for seven days. The last week has seen the South Hams and Torridge recorded just one case, while only two cases were confirmed in Mid Devon, North Devon and Teignbridge. East Devon saw six new cases and Exeter four, while Plymouth and Cornwall both saw 13 new cases confirmed.
Monday saw no new cases confirmed at all in Devon, while just three new cases were confirmed on Friday – one in Cornwall, Plymouth and Exeter respectively. Tuesday saw just two new cases confirmed, while Wednesday and Thursday saw 14 and nine respectively.
Torridge also remains the district in England with the lowest positive case infection rate of anywhere, with the South Hams and West Devon also in the bottom ten, and East Devon, North Devon and Cornwall in the bottom 15, and Teignbridge in 18th. Mid Devon ranks 22nd, Exeter 32nd, Plymouth 36th and Torbay 71st.
Torridge is also the area with the third lowest number of cases, with only Rutland – the small historic county in England, and the City of London, an administrative region covering the Square Mile and populated by just 9,000 people – having had fewer cases.
And in terms of cases per 100,000 people, Torridge has the lowest of anywhere in England, just 52.8 per 100,000, so just one in 2,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus. The South Hams, West Devon, North Devon, East Devon and Cornwall also have infection rates of less than one in 1,000 people.
In total, Torridge has had just 36 positive cases, with 53 in West Devon, 79 in the South Hams, 92 in North Devon, 93 in Mid Devon, 140 in East Devon, 147 in Teignbridge, 168 in Exeter, 221 in Torbay, 354 in Plymouth and 569 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Of those positive case, just 44 occurred in the last seven days, compared to 71 in the previous week.
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.
The data is now shown by the date the specimen was taken from the person being tested and while it gives a useful analysis of the progression of cases over time, it does mean that the latest days’ figures may be incomplete.