VideoRising case numbers likely to continue unless further restrictions are put in place

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon (Designate)

Posted on: 22 December 2020

Devon has seen a 55 per cent increase in the number of cases of coronavirus over the last week.¬†The highest case rate since the county’s previous peak mid-November.

And Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon (Designate), warns that the rise is likely to continue unless further restrictions are put in place.

He said:

“We heard about the new variant (of the virus) this week and there is cause for concern.

“The current evidence suggests that it is highly infectious and is very likely to lead to a significant increase in transmissability.

“However, there is no evidence at the moment that it leads to worse clinical outcomes for people.

“The current data suggests that the new strain is dominant in the South East, London and East of England. While we have detected some cases of the new strain in the South West, at present it is not the dominant strain.”

Although case numbers are up across the county, they are currently highest in North Devon and West Devon.

The age groups experiencing the highest numbers of cases are those aged 20 to 39, 40 to 59, and 80 and over.

Steve Brown said:

“It is vital that whatever you are doing over the Christmas period, that you follow the rules for Tier 2.

“Obviously on Christmas day you’re able to form a Christmas bubble, which is bringing together a maximum of three households. But this relaxation in the restrictions is only for Christmas day and it ends at midnight on the 25th of December.

“None of us can afford to lower our guard at all, so please act as though you may well have the virus.

“Remember to social distance, wash your hands regularly and wear face coverings when you are indoors in public spaces.”

Listen to Steve Brown’s latest update on coronavirus in Devon.

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