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Westcountry covid cases rise again

Saturday, July 25th, 2020 8:03am

By Daniel Clark, local democracy reporter

Small rise for second week running

For the second consecutive wee, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed across Devon and Cornwall has risen.

Thirty-two new cases have been confirmed in tests carried out by the NHS and from commercial partners, compared to 29 new cases in the previous week. This brings the average number of cases confirmed each day to 4.57, up from 4.14, although not all of the newly confirmed cases relate to recent infections.

Of the new cases, 18 of them had the specimen recorded in the previous seven days (between July 17 and July 23), and 13 cases having occurred between July 11 and July 16.

In the last seven days, five cases are confirmed in Plymouth, and three in Torbay, although two historical duplicates for Torbay have been removed. Four cases are in East Devon, five in Exeter, three in Mid Devon and four in Teignbridge. The South Hams saw one new case confirmed, but two historical duplicate cases have been removed, while North Devon, Torridge and West Devon saw no new cases confirmed.

Torridge remains the district in England with the lowest positive case infection rate of anywhere in England per 100,000 population, with the South Hams 3rd, North Devon 4th, West Devon 5th, East Devon 8th, Cornwall 9th, Teignbridge 10th, Exeter 15th, Torbay 21st, Plymouth 37th, and Mid Devon 40th out of the 315 English council districts.

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