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Covid-19 cases in every part of the city; city centre has highest rate in entire south west.

Byline: AARON GREENAWAY aaron.greemawau@reachplc.com @twitter

EVERY single area of Plymouth is now classified as a "coronavirus cluster" - meaning they have three or more cases of Covid-19. The latest figures, released as the Prime Minister has announced a new lockdown to start on Thursday, shows there are no parts of the city untouched by the virus.

Another Covid-19 related death was reported at Derriford Hospital over the weekend, bringing the total there to 88.

According to Public Health England figures for the period October 20-October 26, the City Centre, Barbican and Sutton Harbour area of Plymouth remains the most infected area in the whole of Devon and Cornwall with an increase of eight cases, taking the total for the area up to 62 cases.

In addition to the City Centre, Barbican and Sutton Harbour cluster, a number of other areas report clusters in double digit numbers. Three areas report over 20 cases, with Mutley (36)

joined by Cattedown and Prince Rock (23) and Millbay and Stonehouse (20) while Stoke and Pennycomequick, Efford, Laira and Crabtree, Ham, Beacon Park and Pennycross, Honickknowle and Manadon, Peverell, Tamerton Foliot, Mannamead and Hartley, Devonport, Mount Wise and Morice Town, King's Tamerton and West Park, St Budeaux, Ford and Blockhouse Park, Keyham, Plympton St Mary, Plymstock Elburton, Plymstock Hooe and Oreston and Lipson reporting between 10 and 19 cases.

One new cluster in Plymstock Goosewell and Staddiscombe means each area in Plymouth has a coronavirus cluster, defined as more than two cases per 7,500 population area.

The reported figures cover the week from October 20 to October 26, meaning positive tests reported on October 17 no longer appear in the statistics. Areas not included in the statistics report between zero and two cases and do not necessarily mean there are no cases in those areas.

Yesterday the leader of Plymouth City Council urged residents to help each other as the city goes into a second lockdown.

Labour councillor Tudor Evans OBE called on the city to unite, be kind to each other and to work together to do whatever it takes to try to reduce the infection rate.

Cllr Evans said: "This is not going to be easy, but we have proved that we can look after each other before and we will do it again.

''If we go in hard and fast and knuckle down to get the rate of infection - the R rate down, we can hopefully come out of lockdown in time for Christmas.

"We will do our part, but I want the Government to use this time to work with us and other councils to sort out the test & trace.

"Finally, all councils need to be properly funded to keep care and the frontline going."

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Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2020
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