Plymouth Covid infections fall but rate still among highest in England

The rate of new Covid cases is dropping in Plymouth but it is still among the highest in England.

Figures released on Friday (August 6) show that the week-on-week number of infections in the Plymouth area is on the decrease, with the rate falling from 479.2 per 100,000 (1,256 new cases) to 425.4 (1,115).

These numbers put Plymouth 14th out of the 315 local authority areas in England.

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But the high rates of infection are largely being driven by the inner parts of the city.

While rates are decreasing, another person was pronounced dead with Covid in the week ending August 6 at Derriford hospital.

Looking more locally, the figures for clusters in local areas of Plymouth show the inner city taking up most of the top spots.

In the period July 26-August 1, the most recent available data period, Mutley saw 64 new cases – a case rate per 100,000 of 722.2.

Behind Mutley was:

  • Lipson – 56 (639.7)
  • Ernesettle – 38 (625.2)
  • City Centre, Barbican and Sutton Harbour – 63 (594.1)
  • Cattedown and Prince Rock – 56 (589.1)

Meanwhile, while some areas are, relatively, lower than the city centre – not a single area in Plymouth has a weekly case rate of less than 200 per 100,000.

In the more outlying areas from the city, such as Plymstock and Plympton, the numbers are more encouraging.

Plympton Chaddlewood saw 14 new cases in the period – a case rate of 213.2 per 100,000.

After Chaddlewood, the four least infected areas were:

  • Plymstock Eldburton – 17 (219)
  • Plymton St Mary – 20 (258.8)
  • Derriford and Estover – 21 (265.4)
  • Plympton St Maurice – 20 (272.3)

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