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Case numbers are rising in some age groups

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Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, has described the start of a rise in coronavirus cases in Devon following a period of decline.

Mr Brown explained that during the recent national lockdown, Devon’s cases had turned a corner and had started to fall because of the national restrictions.  Then, since adopting the Tier 2 restrictions, that decline started to slow down and level off.  And now it’s starting to climb again in some age groups.

The highest rates are still in the over 80s, although case numbers in that age group are falling. Other age groups have seen a rise in cases over the last week.

Rates in North Devon and East Devon are slightly higher than the rest of the county.

With the government this week confirming that Devon is to remain in Tier 2 for the time being, Steve Brown has urged people to adhere to these current restrictions over coming days and weeks.

Listen to what Steve Brown and Dr Paul Johnson (local GP and clinical chair of NHS Devon CCG)  has said.