Small rise in new coronavirus case rate in Plymouth

There has been a very small rise in the new COVID-19 coronavirus case rate in Plymouth – but it the city remains one areas of England least affected by the virus.

The latest data from Public Health England shows that the rolling seven-day rate of new cases per 100,000 people has risen from 1.5 to 1.9, with five new cases confirmed. This is different to the R-rate, which signifies the number of people an infected person spreads the virus to.

The case rate and the increase in Plymouth is below that in most other parts of country – and it is much lower than in England’s worst affected areas.

By comparison, in Blackburn with Darwen, the rate has risen from 81.2 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 19 to 87.3 in the seven days to July 26 – and a total of 130 new cases have been recorded.

It is also a much smaller increase than has been in neighbouring Cornwall, which has seen its new case rate triple, from 0.9 to 3.3, with 19 new cases confirmed.

Cornwall’s rate of increase is larger than in any of the local authorities in neighbouring Devon. While the popular tourist destinations of North Devon and Torbay recorded the county’s biggest increases, other popular tourist areas have seen their rate fall to zero, with no new cases reported.

Devon’s Public Health Director has said none of the new cases are believed to be linked to visitors to the area.

The figures, for the seven days to July 26, are based on tests carried out in laboratories (pillar one of the Government’s testing programme) and in the wider community (pillar two).

Local Authority New cases per 100,000 people in week until July 26 New cases per 100,000 people in week until July 19 Total number of new cases
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 3.3 0.9 19
North Devon Torbay 2.1 0 2
Torbay 3.7 1.5 5
Mid Devon 2.4 1.2 2
Exeter 3.8 2.3 5
Plymouth 1.9 1.5 5
Torridge 0 0 0
West Devon 0 0 0
South Hams 0 2.3 1
East Devon 2.1 4.2 3
Teignbridge 0.0 0 4.5 0

Elsewhere in England, Oldham has drawn level with Leicester, with both areas recording broadly the same rate.

In Leicester, the seven-day rate has fallen from 73.2 to 56.3, with 200 new cases.

In Oldham the rate has risen from 18.7 to 56.4, with 133 new cases.

Other areas reporting notable week-on-week jumps include:

  • Trafford (up from 11.0 to 38.1, with 90 new cases)
  • Manchester (up from 14.2 to 23.2, with 127 new cases)
  • Sandwell (up from 23.2 to 32.4, with 106 new cases)
  • Swindon (up from 8.1 to 21.2, with 47 new cases)

The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 29 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.

Currently there are only 22 people in hospital in the whole of the South West, none on a ventilator, and only one hospital death anywhere in the South West in the last two weeks.

Plymouth Live