Covid cases rise again, 50% increase in two weeks

Covid-19 cases in the South Hams have risen nearly 50 per cent in two weeks.

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Between the 20th and 26th October there were 56 laboratory confirmed cases in the South Hams, up from 38 between the 6th and 12th of this month, an increase of 47.36 per cent.

The figures, posted by Devon County Councillor Roger Croad, show a steady increase in cases in the area, with numbers in nearby Plymouth rising sharply.

Cllr Croad said: "Positive cases in Exeter have markedly diminished, but after the very high number at the University, there is some evidence that it is spreading in the community.  Overall, there has again been a slow rise everywhere with the exception of Plymouth, where numbers have, worryingly, jumped by 50 per cent - that is an escalation of 120 per cent over two weeks.

Overall, there has again been a slow rise everywhere with the exception of Plymouth, where numbers have, worryingly, jumped by 50 per cent - that is an escalation of 120 per cent over two weeks

Hospital admissions are up too, a 100 per cent increase over last week. As of 26th October, there were 32 people in Derriford with Coronavirus, three of which are in ICU and 33 in Torbay Hospital, with one in the ICU. 

Cllr Croad continued: "Please note that all deaths are not necessarily BY Coronavirus, just that the person tested positive at some stage - at this time, it is impossible to separate the cases without going back and scrutinising each Death Certificate.  Later figures are markedly more accurate than earlier in the pandemic.

"It is estimated that the South West Peninsula is some two to three weeks behind the north of England, so it really does highlight the importance of social distancing, good hand hygiene, mask wearing where appropriate, and good local communication if we want postive cases to remain relatively low compared to most of the rest of England. 

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