Area of Devon sees big week-on-week rise in Covid-19 cases

West Devon is one of the 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in Covid-19 case rates, today’s daily figures show.

The area’s rate has risen from 143.4 to 195 cases per 100,000 as it was also confirmed that Covid-19 related deaths in Devon and Cornwall’s hospital have risen at the fastest rate since the beginning of the pandemic, new NHS England figures reveal.

A total of 706 people have died in hospital in the two counties since March 17 within 28 days of a positive death, as of January 25.

Despite the case rate rising in West Devon, it is still considerably lower than the South West average of 267.4, and well below the England average of 400.6.

In Monday’s update of the latest Covid-19 case rates for every local authority area in England, there is good news for many places as 91% of the 315 local areas in England (287) have seen case rates fall, The Mirror reports.

However, 27 (9%) have seen a rise and one is unchanged.

Knowsley in Merseyside continues to have the highest rate in England, with 1,358 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 21, the equivalent of 900.2 cases per 100,000 people.

This is down from 1,178.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to January 14.

Sandwell in the West Midlands has the second-highest rate, down from 910.0 to 833.3, with 2,737 new cases.

Slough in Berkshire is in third place, down from 1,049.9 to 791.8, with 1,184 new cases.

See the list of 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates, below.

Meanwhile, in Plymouth, the number of new Covid-19 coronavirus cases being recorded in the city looks like it is finally starting to fall, according to the latest available data.

In a tweet this afternoon, Plymouth City Council said: “Plymouth’s rate of coronavirus cases per 100,000 has been declining for the last few days. We must continue to work together to keep the rate going down.

“Don’t bend the rules, stay at home to protect our NHS.”

The latest data, for the period ending four days ago, shows that Plymouth now has a case rate of 287.6 per 100,000 people. This is higher than the South West average of 267.4, but below the England average of 400.6.

In total, 44 new daily cases have been reported in Plymouth, bringing the total for the past 7 days to 704 – with 7,897 cases confirmed in the city since the start of the pandemic.

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Slough continues to have the highest infection rate of any area of Berkshire, and sits well above the national average.

The 10 areas with the biggest week-on-week rise in rates

1. Bolsover (up from 436.9 to 564.8)

2. Bassetlaw (252.9 to 361.0)

3. North Warwickshire (370.8 to 471.9)

4. Barnsley (214.3 to 275.9)

5. West Devon (143.4 to 195.4)

6. Bradford (261.8 to 311.2)

7. Boston (163.9 to 212.3)

8. Middlesbrough (449.7 to 488.0)

9. Wakefield (234.6 to 272.2)

10. Leicester (535.0 to 564.3)

The figures, for the seven days to January 21, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days (January 22-25) has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

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