Dartmoor area has highest number of Covid cases after prison outbreak

New coronavirus figures for Devon show the spread of the virus across the county.

While boroughs of Exeter had the highest numbers of new Covid cases during the summer, as the year draws to a close its boroughs of West Devon and East Devon that have the highest numbers of new positive coronavirus cases in Devon.

Data released today (Sunday), which reveals the number of new positive cases of coronavirus recorded in different areas of the county from December 16 to December 22, shows the areas with the highest number of new positive cases are Chagford, Princetown & Dartmoor (64 cases), Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon (33 cases), Exmouth Littleham (28 cases) and Cullompton (28 cases).

At the other end of the scale, Seaton, Tiverton West, Salcombe, Malborough & Thurlestone, Chillington, Torcross & Stoke Fleming, Kingsbridge, Marldon, Stoke Gabriel & Kingswear, Ipplepen & Broadhempston and Watcombe have the lowest number of new positive cases in the county, with zero or 0-2 cases.

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New positive coronavirus cases in Devon, by area

Data from UK government released December 27, showing new confirmed cases in the period December 16 – December 22

East Devon

Exmouth Littleham 28

Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon 33

Honiton North & East 13

Clyst, Exton & Lympstone 13

Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh 12

Feniton & Whimple 14

Dunkesewell, Upottery & Stockland 9

Brixington 10

Ottery St Mary & West Hill 12

Poppleford, Otterton & Woodbury 8

Exmouth Halsdon 9

Honiton South & West 7

Sidbury, Offwell & Beer 6

Axminster 10

Sidmouth Sidford 6

Exmouth Town 6

Budleigh Salterton 5

Sidmouth Town 4

Kilmington, Colyton & Uplyme 3

Seaton 0-2

Exeter

Wonford & St Loye’s 27

St Thomas East 20

St Leonard’s 16

St Thomas West 16

Heavitree East & Whipton South 16

Alphington & Marsh Barton 15

Exwick & Foxhayes 14

Mincinglake & Beacon Heath 12

Pinhoe & Whipton North 16

Countess Wear & Topsham 12

Central Exeter 17

St James’s Park & Hoopern 12

Pennsylvania & University 11

Middlemoor & Sowton 7

Heavitree West & Polsloe 4

Mid Devon

Cullompton 28

Uffculme & Hemyock 21

Bradninch, Silverton & Thorverton 18

Bow, Lapford & Yeoford

Willand, Sampford Peverell & Halberton 12

Crediton 12

Morchard Bishop, Copplestone & Newton St Cyres 10

Tiverton North & Outer 8

Bampton, Holcombe & Westleigh 6

Tiverton East 5

Tiverton West 0

North Devon

Woolacombe, Georgeham & Croyde 18

Fremington & Instow 20

Ilfracombe East 14

Barnstaple Sticklepath 12

Roundswell & Landkey 18

Bishop’s Nympton, Witheridge & Chulmleigh 13

Barnstaple South 16

Barnstaple Pilton 10

Braunton 15

Barnstaple Central 10

Ilfracombe West 9

Lynton & Combe Martin 8

South Molton 9

Bratton Fleming, Goodleigh & Kings Heanton 3

South Hams

Woolwell & Lee Mill 13

Dartmouth 9

Loddiswell & Dartington 10

South Brent & Cornwood 11

Wembury, Brixton & Newton Ferrers 8

Ivybridge 11

Totnes Town 7

Yealmpton, Modbury & Aveton Gifford 6

Salcombe, Malborough & Thurlestone 4 Chillington, Torcross & Stoke Fleming 0-2

Kingsbridge 0-2

Marldon, Stoke Gabriel & Kingswear 0-2

Teignbridge

Kingskerswell 15

Dawlish South 16

Dawlish North 17

Newton Abbot, Broadlands & Wolborough 11

Teignmouth North 16

Newton Abbot, Town Centre 8

Moretonhampstead, Lustleigh & East Dartmoor 7

Teignmouth South 8

Heathfield & Liverton 7

Ogwell, Mile End & Teigngrace 9

Starcross & Exminster 9

Chudleigh & Bovey Tracey 10

Kingsteignton 9

Tedburn, Shillingford & Higher Ashton 5

Bishopsteignton & Shaldon 6

Newton Abbot, Highweek 5

Ashburton & Buckfastleigh 6

Newton Abbot, Milber & Buckland 3

Ipplepen & Broadhempston 0-2

Torbay

Chelston, Cockington & Livermead 16

Wellswood 11

Ellacombe 7

Brixham Town 11

Clifton & Maidenway 7

Preston & Shorton 8

St Marychurch & Maidencombe 5

Upton & Hele 5

Paignton Central 7

Higher Brixham 5

Churston & Galmpton 4

Goodrington & Roselands 4

Babbacombe & Plainmoor 3

Torquay Central 4

Shiphay & the Willows 5

Blatchcombe & Blagdon 4

Watcombe 0

Torridge

Holsworthy, Bradworthy & Welcombe 17

Bideford South & East

Hartland Coast 9

Bideford North 8

Winkleigh & High Bickington

Shebbear, Cookworthy & Broadheath 6

Appledore & Northam North 4

Westward Ho! & Northam South 4

Great Torrington 3

West Devon

Chagford, Princetown & Dartmoor 64

Horrabridge & Mary Tavy 9

Hatherleigh, Exbourne & North Tawton 14

Bere Alston, Buckland Monachorum & Yelverton 7

Lifton, Lamerton & Bridestowe 5

Tavistock 7

Okehampton 3

Earlier this week, Dartmoor Prison confirmed a number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Dartmoor Prison has not confirmed what proportion of the 42 cases are within its walls, but has stressed there is no evidence its outbreak has spread to the wider community.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “Robust safeguards are in place at Dartmoor following a number of positive cases and we have seen absolutely no evidence to suggest outbreaks in prisons have driven a significant increase in cases in the wider community.”

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