The picture of coronavirus in Devon, outside of the city of Exeter which is dealing with an outbreak at the University, has been explained by health bosses.
It comes as the county is put in Tier 1, medium risk, in the Government’s three-tier lockdown system.
A spokesperson for Public Health Devon said: “Cases elsewhere in Devon are still comparatively low (and certainly below the national average) compared to other local authorities.
“Outside of Exeter the highest current weekly rate in Devon is East Devon at 48 per 100,000 population and the lowest currently weekly rate is Torridge at 20 per 100,000 population, compared to a national weekly rate of 165 per 100,000.
“There is no dominant factor that would explain how the infection is spreading – some have arisen from residents returning from abroad or other areas where infection rates are higher, while other cases arise within households, or from social interaction.
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”There is no evidence to suggest significant infection occurring in schools.
”Because of that broad pattern of infection, it’s even more imperative that we follow the latest guidance around social distancing, washing our hands regularly, and wearing face coverings.”
Making a statement in the Commons, the Prime Minister said: “This morning, the deputy chief medical officer set out the stark reality of the second wave of this virus.
“The number of cases has quadrupled in the last three weeks, there are now more people in hospital with Covid than when we went into lockdown on March 23 and deaths are already rising.”
The PM added that he did not think a second national lockdown ‘would be the right course’