Latest on Covid in Our Bay,
There is a positive picture overall in our region to report this week as we approach next week’s formal announcement of a decision on the re-opening of indoor hospitality from Monday 17th May.
Across Devon and Cornwall the number of confirmed new cases over the last week fell to 208, compared to 231 for the previous 7 day period. Whilst the number of new cases confirmed in our bay rose to 15 from 13 last week the low numbers over recent weeks mean variations can be expected. More concerning was the increase of 21 in new cases reported in Plymouth, a trend which will need to be monitored.
There are currently no Covid-19 patients in Torbay Hospital and there have not been any this week, allowing the hospital to focus on its recovery plans in terms of its wider work.
Alongside the major progress nationally these numbers in our region are very encouraging, especially as it has now been nearly a month since the last major relaxation of lockdown rules, alongside the earlier moves to re-open schools and outdoor sports activities.
The lighter evenings now very much reflect the brighter prospects as we look forward to fully exiting lockdown and getting back to normal. Yet the tragic situation in India shows how we cannot be complacent or think the pandemic is over globally because it has begun to subside here. A lot of work has been done over the last year to keep our bay safe and protect the most vulnerable, but there is still some more to do.