First recorded death with coronavirus in South Hams since May as cases rise again

Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the South Hams have increased again, with the first death with the virus since 15 May. 

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Devon County Councillor Roger Croad released the data last night, Wednesday, 4 November, which showed a 30 per cent increase in cases in a week. 

Devon County Councillor Roger Croad released the data last night, Wednesday, 4 November, which showed a 30 per cent increase in cases in a week

Between 26 October to 2 November, there were 73 laboratory confirmed cases in the South Hams, compared to 56 the week before. That means that confirmed cases per 100,000 in the South Hams stands at 83.9, which is still lower than Devon as a whole: 91.4, Torbay 180.5, Plymouth 146.9, and England 221.6, but higher than Cornwall, which stands at 48.8.

Councillor Croad said: "There were 16 deaths in the Peninsula (one in Plymouth; nine in Torbay and six in Devon) and one in the South Hams attributable to Coronavirus in the period 17 to 23 October. This is the first recorded death in the South Hams since 15 May.

"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.

"As of 2 November, there were 50 people in Derriford Hospital with Coronavirus, with four in the Intensive Care Unit. There were 40 in Torbay Hospital, with two in the ICU. 

"With cases on the rise everywhere in the peninsula, it really does highlight the importance of social distancing, good hand hygiene, mask wearing where appropriate and good local communication, if we want the positive cases to remain relatively low comparted to most of the rest of England. 

"Think local, stay local, buy local." 

Think local, stay local, buy local

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