On a day when the UK has recorded a new daily high of 1610 deaths, within 28 days of a positive Covid test, it means that by that measure, over 90,000 people have died from the virus (some think it is many more). That means many grieving families, and exhausted health professionals.
A total of 4,266,577 people have now received the first dose of a vaccine, according to official figures, and another 33,355 positive Covid cases have been recorded – less than half the peak figure of 68,053 on 8 January – reflecting the impact of lockdown.
In Cornwall, cases are down to 1638, for the 7 days to 14th January. In Devon, the number is 1567 for the same period. Torridge cases are down to 52, as the impact of lockdown kicks in.
At an even more local level, Bude recorded figures of 6, while Kilkhampton out to Poundstock was below 3. Holsworthy, Bradworthy and Welcombe recorded 5 cases, while Hartland Coast saw 3. Crackington Haven and Tintagel recorded 7, while Camelford and Tresmeer dropped to 9. :Launceston remains high on 37. There remain clusters dotted around Cornwall and Devon (predominantly south in Devon) but compared to many places, the SW has so far been relatively fortunate.