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First week of no covid-19 deaths in Cornwall since March

First week of no covid-19 deaths in Cornwall since March

Published by Helen Down at 2:15pm 28th July 2020. (Updated at 6:18pm 28th July 2020)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Daniel Clark and Helen Down

Latest ONS data shows that for the first time since mid-March, there have been no deaths recorded across Devon and Cornwall related to coronavirus.

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, relate to the week of July 11 and July 17, but were registered up to July 25, and show no deaths having been recorded anywhere in Devon and Cornwall.

It is the fourth time in five weeks that no deaths have been recorded in Devon, but is the first time that Cornwall has not seen a death registered.

It is the fifth week in a row that across the whole of Devon, there has been no new care home deaths, and the third week in a row in Cornwall.

The figures relate to deaths in which COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate were registered in that time period.

The Isles of Scilly has still yet to see a COVID-19 related death and the South Hams and West Devon have now gone nine weeks without a death, while Mid Devon and North Devon eight weeks and Torridge seven weeks, Torbay six weeks, Exeter and Teignbridge have gone five weeks, and Plymouth and East Devon have gone three weeks.

It is the first week were Cornwall has not recorded a death.

Previous weeks have seen 1, 1, 4, 1, 7, 10, 11, 15, 38, 44, 69, 84, 107, 89, 60, 16, and nine deaths registered.  The figures show in which local authority the deceased’s usual place of residence was.

For instance, if someone may have died in Derriford Hospital but lived in West Devon, while the death may have been registered in Plymouth, their death would be recorded in the mortality statistics for the ONS figures against West Devon.

In total, 567 deaths from coronavirus have been registered across Devon and Cornwall, with 304 in hospitals, 220 in care homes, 42 at home, and one in a hospice.

Of the deaths, 208 have been registered in Cornwall, 90 in Plymouth, 58 in Torbay, 49 in East Devon, 39 in Exeter, 33 in Teignbridge, 26 in North Devon, 20 in Torridge, 17 in Mid Devon and West Devon, 12 in the South Hams, and none in the Isles of Scilly.

No backdated deaths have been registered this week..  The week ending July 17 – is the first week since week ending March 13  where no deaths across the two counties were registered.

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