Covid update for the SW

Omicron has been very much in the news this week.

More than 50% of the adult UK population are now boosted after the programme was accelerated this week to offer the jab to everyone aged over 18. In Bude & Stratton, on 16th December, that figure was 47.9%, with 86.9% receiving their first dose and 81.3% their second.

Dr Emily Lawson, head of the NHS vaccination programme, said:

Thanks to the dedication and determination of our NHS staff, aided by our fantastic volunteers, the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme has now given a vital booster to half of all eligible adults over 18 ahead of Christmas, including more than 21 million in England.

As the NHS ramps up capacity to deliver boosters at an unprecedented rate, I would urge anyone yet to book in for their life-saving booster to do so at the earliest opportunity – it is the best way to guarantee yourself and your loved protections this winter.

From data on 17th December, 2748 cases tested positive in Cornwall, which is rising, and deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly rose to 9 in the 7 days prior. The number of patients admitted to North Devon Hospital dropped t0 20 in the week to 17th December.



In Bude, in the 7 days to 12th December, cases dropped to 75, a case rate of 707.6.

Other places in Cornwall/Devon showed a similar drop, though there have been large rises around Plymouth.



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