Sharp rise in covid cases across the bay

Torbay Weekly

In the latest complete seven-day period (to Sunday, March 6) the county recorded 6,517 new cases, 1,899 more than in the previous week. The 41 per cent rise takes the infection rate across Devon to 556 per 100,000 of the population, higher than the national average of 459.

The Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, recorded 3,133 cases, 37 per cent (1,158) more than the previous week. The jump in cases takes the area’s infection rates to 529 per 100,000.

Torbay’s 826 new infections represent a sharp, 55 per cent (292 cases) increase compared to the previous week. The Bay’s infection rate now sits at 606 per 100,000 of the population.

It reflects a national picture where, in the seven-day period (to Sunday, March 6), the UK recorded 307,679 cases, a 31 per cent increase on the previous week.

It follows the government’s decision to launch its “living with covid” strategy on February 24, which ended all restrictions in England, including the requirement to stay at home if infected. As things stand free lateral flow tests will no longer be available for most people from April 1.

Hospitalisations

As of the most recent data (from Tuesday, March 8) 216 patients were in Devon’s hospitals with covid, 48 more than the previous week.

At 106 Plymouth has the highest number of infected people in hospital. Elsewhere, 62 infected patients are in the RD&E in Exeter, while Torbay has 31 and north Devon 17.

Across Devon, five patients are on mechanical ventilation beds, four more than in the previous week.

Deaths

Deaths have risen in the most recent complete seven-day period (to Sunday, February 6). Ten people died within 28 days of receiving a positive covid test across Devon, three more than in the previous week.

One death was recorded in Torbay and another in Plymouth.

Across Devon, a total of 1,620 people have now died within 28 days of a positive covid test.

Vaccinations

Eighty-nine per cent of people aged 12 and above have had their first dose of a vaccine in the Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, with 84 per cent receiving both doses. Seventy-one per cent have now had their ‘booster’ dose.

In Torbay, 86 per cent have received one dose, while 82 per cent have had both jabs. Sixty-six per cent have had their third vaccine.

As a result of the growing number, Torbay Council has urged people to remain cautious, wear face masks in crowded places, stay at home and take a test if they have symptoms. Above all, getting vaccinated is the most important step to ensure the numbers will not continue to rise.

Those still without a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, they can get jabbed next Tuesday, March 22, at the Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA from 3pm to 6.30pm with no booking required.

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