Devon and Cornwall have lowest Covid infections in England

Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall currently have the lowest coronavirus infection rates in England, according to the latest data from the Government.

The new data, which covers the seven days up to February 5 reveals that the three areas have the least number of cases per 100,000.

A rate per 100,000 people is used to accurately compare the number of infections in a particular area with another and is calculated by dividing the seven-day rate by the area population and multiplying by 100,000 to give an indication of how many cases there is per 100,000 people.

Areas under the authority of Devon County Council, which covers the entirety of Devon excluding Torbay and Plymouth, reported 475 cases in the seven days up to February 5, which is a case rate of 59.2 cases per 100,000.

Plymouth currently has the second-lowest infection rate with a rolling rate of 74 cases per 100,000 people.

A dramatic fall in the number of cases in Cornwall of nearly 50% over the last week has seen the county become the area with the third-lowest number of cases with a rolling rate of 85.2 cases per 100,000 people while in Torbay, cases are starting to reduce slightly but remain higher than elsewhere in Devon and Cornwall with a rate of 130 cases per 100,000 people.

Despite the fall in cases, Cornwall had one of its darkest days during the pandemic, with 16 hospital deaths recorded.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust saw 12 deaths registered, bringing the toll there to 164 since the pandemic began.

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust saw four deaths registered, meaning 54 deaths have now been recorded at the hospital within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

Devon and Cornwall Police also today issued a plea to people not to travel to the area over half term. They’ve said that “Devon and Cornwall will welcome you back again soon”.

Currently, travel outside of the local area which a person is resident is not permitted except for a limited number of reasons while taking holidays abroad is currently illegal by law. Individuals who breach those rules are liable to face fines if caught by the police, starting at £200 per person and doubling for each subsequent breach up to a maximum of £6,800.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Please stay local this half term, Devon and Cornwall will welcome you back again soon.

“Unless you’re visiting our counties for one of the permitted reasons, then we are asking you to stay at home this half term.

“Our officers are working hard to keep our communities safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to reduce the pressures on our roads and on the NHS and prevent the spread of the virus.

“Explore your local area this half term and think about visiting Devon and Cornwall another time.”

Cornwall Live