First time since October
The weekly number of deaths relating to coronavirus in Devon and Cornwall has fallen to single figures for the first time since October.
The figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which relate to the week ending March 19, show that nine of the 307 deaths in the two counties had covid-19 on the death certificate. It is the lowest total since the week ending October 16 when six deaths were registered.
Four people died with covid in Cornwall (one in a care home, three in hospital), two in East Devon (both in care homes, believed to be at Holmesley in Sidford), one in Plymouth (in a hospital), one in Exeter (in a hospital) and one in Torridge (at home).
No deaths have yet been registered in the Isles of Scilly, and no deaths in Mid Devon, Torbay and Teignbridge (for the third week running), the South Hams (for the fourth week running), West Devon (for the fifth week running) and North Devon (for the sixth week running).
A further one death from week 9 – at home in Torbay – was also added into the data this week.
In total, 1,713 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 942 in hospitals, 650 in care homes, 110 at home, four in a hospice, three in a communal establishment and four ‘elsewhere’.
Other communal establishments, as defined by the ONS, include defence bases, educational premises, prisons (including probation/bail hostel, prisons, detention centres and other detention), hotels, hostels, travel and temporary accommodation (including B&Bs, temporary shelter for homeless and holiday parks), and religious premises.
The ONS define elsewhere as all places not covered by the other definitions, such as deaths on a motorway, at the beach, climbing a mountain, walking down the street, at the cinema, at a football match, while out shopping or in someone else’s home.
Of the deaths, 567 have been registered in Cornwall, 231 in Plymouth, 202 in East Devon, 166 in Torbay, 127 in Teignbridge, 127 in Exeter, 81 in Mid Devon, 70 in North Devon, 55 in Torridge, 50 in the South Hams, 37 in West Devon, and none on the Isles of Scilly.
So far in 2021, there have been 305 deaths in Cornwall, 92 in Plymouth, 78 in East Devon, 67 in Teignbridge, 57 in Torbay, 54 in Exeter, 33 in Mid Devon, 26 in South Hams, 14 in North Devon, 14 in Torridge and 9 in West Devon.