No new coronavirus cases in East Devon for more than a week

  Posted: 16.06.20 at 13:35 by Francesca Evans

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There have been no new coronavirus cases in East Devon for more than a week and no new cases have been recorded across Devon and Cornwall for two successive days.

It is the first time since March 12 that two days in a row have passed without a new case being recorded across the two counties.

And in the Devon County Council area, only three new cases have been recorded in the last week, all of which were in Exeter.

East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, the South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge and West Devon have all gone more than a week since their last case, with Teignbridge having gone more than two weeks, North Devon and Torridge three weeks, and West Devon more than five weeks.

Torbay has seen just one new case in the last week, with five in Plymouth (although none in the last three days), and nine across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

In total, Torridge has had just 36 positive cases, with 53 in West Devon, 82 in the South Hams, 92 in North Devon, 102 in Mid Devon, 141 in East Devon, 148 in Teignbridge, 172 in Exeter, 223 in Torbay, 367 in Plymouth and 591 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Torridge is also the area in England with the lowest infection area of anywhere and with the third lowest number of cases.

The figures come from the government coronavirus data dashboard which is updated daily.

The COVID-19 cases are identified by taking specimens from people and sending these specimens to laboratories around the UK to be tested. If the test is positive, this is a referred to as a lab-confirmed case.

Confirmed positive cases are matched to ONS geographical area codes using the home postcode of the person tested.

The data is now shown by the date the specimen was taken from the person being tested and while it gives a useful analysis of the progression of cases over time, it does mean that the latest days’ figures may be incomplete.

Cases received from laboratories by 12.30am are included in the counts published that day.

While there may have been new cases of coronavirus confirmed or people having tested positive, those test results either yet to reach PHE for adding to the dataset or were not received in time for the latest daily figures to be published.

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