COVID-19: Cases back on the rise across Devon but continue to drop in Axminster

  Posted: 22.11.21 at 09:40 by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives

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After continuous declines over the past month, COVID-19 infection rates across Devon have soared once again according to the latest figures, although cases have continued to drop in the Axminster area.

Government figures for the week up to November 14 show a total of 6,886 cases across Devon, 33 per cent (1,721) more than in the previous week.

Infection levels are extremely high in some parts of the county and every district has a higher infection rate than the UK average.

The average infection rate across Devon is now at 558 per 100,000 of the population. In comparison, the national average sits at 403 per 100,000.

In Torridge, infections more than doubled within the space of a week. The district’s new 602 infections – 304 more than last week – represent a rise of 102 per cent.

The infection rate in Torridge is now at 876 per 100,000 people – more than double the national average.

It’s a similar story for neighbouring North Devon. The district recorded 708 new cases, 183 (35 per cent) more than the previous week.

The area’s infection rate now sits at 721 per 100,000, almost 80 per cent higher than the national average.

Overall, the Devon County Council area, which excludes Plymouth and Torbay, saw 4,789 new infections, 1,238 (35 per cent) more than the previous week.

The infection rate across its seven districts is now 591 per 100,000 of the population.

Torbay’s infections shot up by 38 per cent, recording 808 new cases, 223 more than in the previous week.

The 38 per cent rise takes the infection rate in the Bay to 593 per 100,000 of the population.

Cases rose sharply in Plymouth, too. The city saw 1,289 new infections, 258 (25 per cent) more than in the previous week.

The infection rate in the area is now 490 per 100,000.

Despite rising infections in Devon and across the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week said it was still too early to move to Plan B and reintroduce restrictions such as making face masks mandatory and working from home.


As of the latest figures on November 2, there were 127 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Devon – a fall of two compared to the previous week’s total.

However, this number is likely to rise in the coming weeks as the impact of the rapid increase of infections reaches the county’s hospitals.

There were 49 patients at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, 44 at the Royal Devon & Exeter, 21 in Torbay and 13 in North Devon.

Of the total number of patients, 13 were on mechanical ventilation beds.


Deaths have increased, with four more recorded in Devon compared to the previous week.

Eighteen people died within 28 days of receiving a positive CPVID-19 test across Devon in the most recent complete seven-day period, up to November 14.

Eleven of the deaths occurred in the Devon County Council area, with four deaths were in Torbay and four in Plymouth.

Across Devon, a total of 1,323 people have now died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test since the start of the pandemic.


Eighty-six 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 80 per cent receiving both doses.

In Plymouth, 83 per cent have had one dose, while 75 per cent have had both.

In Torbay, 84 per cent have received one dose, while 78 per cent have had both jabs.

This means that vaccination rates in Devon remain slightly behind the rest of the UK.

Across the country, 88 per cent of people aged 12 and over have had one dose, while 80 per cent have had both jabs.

Coronavirus cases in the Axminster area

Despite the increased infection rate across Devon, COVID-19 cases in the Axminster area have continued to drop, according to the latest figures.

In the seven-day period up until November 16, there were 37 cases in the Axminster area, a decrease of 14 on the previous week.

This means the case rate per 100,000 people was 389.4 – below the national average of for the first time in weeks.

The figures for neighbouring areas up until November 16 were as follows:

Seaton – 26 (decrease of 11)

Kilmington, Colyton & Uplyme – 23 (decrease of 9)

Lyme Regis, Charmouth & Marshwood Vale – 12 (decrease of 8)

Sidbury, Offwell & Beer – 33 (increase of 9)

Sidmouth Town – 12 (increase of 1)

Sidmouth Sidford – 21 (decrease of 1)

Ottery St Mary & West Hill – 40 (increase of 10)

Honiton South & West – 20 (decrease of 1)

Honiton North & East – 19 (decrease of 8)

Dunkeswell, Upottery & Stockland – 36 (increase of 19)

Chard West – 15 (increase of 4)

Chard North & East – 19 (decrease of 4)

Tatworth & Combe St Nicholas – 30 (increase of 17)

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