More Covid-19 deaths in Devon and Cornwall despite fall in cases

Devon has seen seven more Covid-19-related hospital deaths, new NHS figures show.

Two of the deaths, which all came within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus, occurred at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital – one on Tuesday, February 9, and one on Thursday, February 11.

They bring the death toll at the hospital to 245.

One also occurred at Torbay Hospital on Wednesday, February 10 – meaning 99 have died there since the start of the pandemic – while the death toll at North Devon now stands at 79 after a patient was confirmed to have died on Wednesday, February 10.

Three more people have died at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after testing positive for Covid-19. Two died on Tuesday, February 9, and one on Thursday, February 11.

All three had tested positive for coronavirus within the last 28 days.

The latest deaths bring the death toll at Derriford to 206 since the start of the pandemic, and means 633 people have died in the county’s hospitals since the beginning of the pandemic.

There was also a death at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, registered on Wednesday, February 10, which means 168 have now died there, while 223 have passed away in Cornish hospitals.

Across the UK, the hospital death toll has risen by 508, bringing the number of fatalities to 116,287.

The news comes on the day it was confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall has fallen by a quarter in the last week and to the lowest level since the start of December.

A total of 1,169 new cases were confirmed across the two counties in the last week as the total for the two counties now stands at 44,104– the lowest weekly total for nine weeks.

Devon also has the lowest infection rates of any upper tier authority in England, with Plymouth second and Cornwall third, and at a lower tier level, the seven lowest infection rates are all in Devon.

Government statistics show that 1,169 new cases have been confirmed across the region in the past seven days in both pillar 1 data from tests carried out by the NHS and pillar 2 data from commercial partners, compared to 1,547 new cases confirmed last week.

Of the 1,169 cases confirmed since February 5, 425 were in Cornwall, with 90 in East Devon, 68 in Exeter, 101 in Mid Devon, 24 in North Devon, 145 in Plymouth, 39 in South Hams, 105 in Teignbridge, 149 in Torbay, 11 in Torridge and 12 in West Devon.

This compares to the 1,547 cases confirmed between January 29 and February 5, of which, 592 were in Cornwall, with 108 in East Devon, 51 in Exeter, 105 in Mid Devon, 27 in North Devon, 242 in Plymouth, 55 in South Hams, 114 in Teignbridge, 203 in Torbay, 11 in Torridge and 39 in West Devon.

While the numbers in Exeter have risen slightly, and are unchanged in Torridge, they are two of the three areas with the lowest infection rates in Exeter, and only Mid Devon is not seeing cases fall by specimen date.

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