Covid numbers up in Bude and area

Cornwall remains purple on the interactive map issued by the Government, showing higher case rates of Covid than in neighbouring Devon.

In the 7 days to 6th October, Bude had 37 cases, a rise of 3 and a case rate of 349.1. Numbers also rose in Kilkhampton and Poundstock to 36, a case rate of 472.8. Crackington and Tintagel cases numbered 32, a case rate of 439.1, while figures in Holsworthy, Bradworthy and Welcombe dropped to 38, a case rate of 375.7. As a whole, Cornwall had 2751 cases, a rate of 478.

Devon’s cases numbered 2765, a case rate of 341.1.

The R value in the SW is between 0.9-1.2. Few deaths from Covid occurred as larger numbers of people are vaccinated, but 8 patients were in North Devon Hospital, one on a ventilator. Death rates are much lower than earlier in the year, and in May of 2020.

The vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech. People began receiving the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine from 4 January 2021, and the Moderna vaccine from 7 April 2021. All 3 vaccines are given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart, for a full vaccination course.

Initially the vaccines were prioritised to be administered to the over-80s, care home residents and workers, and NHS staff.

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