Health and Wellbeing

Devon’s COVID-19 cases rise in young people

Graph showing the significant rise in cases among younger people Graphs shows a significant rise in positive cases among young people, during June

Posted on: 25 June 2021

The latest Devon data shows a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the 0 to 19 year old, and 20 to 39 year old age groups. 

Cases among the under 19s have risen from 7.87 cases per 100,000 of the population, to 101.1 cases per 100,000. Cases among the 20 to 39 year old age group have risen this month from 11.67 cases per 100,000 to 106.2 cases per 100,000. 

The trajectory describes a sharp rise in the two younger age groups, with much less of a rise among the older age groups.

Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health, said: 

“The transmission, particularly in the younger age groups, is through social interaction and the concern is that people are meeting with friends, possibly not wearing face coverings or regularly washing their hands, or not keeping socially distanced from each other. 

“Remember, this is a young group that has not been vaccinated, and while the vaccine offers protection against becoming seriously ill from having the virus, it also reduces the risk of transmission. 

“We are likely to see case numbers continuing to rise over coming weeks, but we can stop that by all doing our part. Please stay alert and don’t let your guard down. Continue to follow the rules and take up the regular twice-weekly lateral flow testing that is very easily accessible now. Just visit our website at to find out more.”

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