Growing number of coronavirus clusters across Devon

New coronavirus cluster figures have been released for Devon, with parts of Exeter still showing high numbers of cases.

The Pennsylvania & University area of the city still remains dark blue on the map with 193 cases between Saturday, October 3 and Friday, October 9.

Central Exeter shows 69 cases for the same timeframe, while St James’s Park & Hoopern has 53.

The Mincinglake & Beacon Heath area has 21, registering as a lighter shade of blue on the map, as does Cranbrook, Broadclyst & Stoke Canon (17), Pinhoe & Whipton North (12), Middlemoor & Sowton (17), Wonford & St Loye’s (13), St Leonard’s (17) and Alphington & Marsh Barton (15).

Cases are still high around central and eastern parts of Exeter
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Few other places register in Devon as anything more than light blue on the map.

St Marychurch & Maidencombe near Torquay has 12 cases, while Plymouth’s City Centre, Barbican & Sutton Harbour has 12.

Exeter has seen soaring COVID cases but 80 per cent of the 532 positive tests are attributed to the University where students are in the third week of a ‘soft lockdown’ which means they are not supposed to meet any other households indoors.

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Students had initially been told on September 28 to not socialise with other households for a two week period as a result of an increasing number of students testing positive for COVID-19.

Nearly 800 pupils and 300 teachers are already absent from schools in Devon (excluding Torbay and Plymouth) according to Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.

There were concerns Exeter could be placed on highest alert due to the number of cases in the city – an action which Mr Bradshaw said there would be ‘no justification’ for. But for now Exeter and Devon remain in the Medium tier.

Devon Live – Devon News