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Two rural Cornwall areas among highest Covid cases in England

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School-aged children are driving up infections as two areas of Cornwall are among the top ten in England with the highest rate of Covid.

Poundstock and Kilkhampton saw 107 new cases of Covid in the seven-day period ending November 19 (the most recent figures confirmed), giving the small area a rate per 100,000 of 1,405.3.

This area has had a significant spike in the past week or so. Its rate of Covid has leapt up by more than ten times what it was in the seven-day period ending November 12.

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This puts it as the fifth most infected area in all of England, followed, in Cornwall, by the Lizard, which saw 134 new cases in that same period and a rate of 1,378.9 per 100,000.

These areas are among just a handful across the country which have reached the terrible milestone of a Covid rate of more than 1 per cent.

In Cornwall, the next highest areas are:

Once again, all three of the areas covering Truro (West, South & Central, and East) are also on the increase.

Cornwall has just one area with little to no confirmed Covid cases. The Isles of Scilly have not seen a Covid cluster in months. This means it has not had more than two cases in the space of a week.

It is then followed by:

Behind the headline figures, a few age groups are making up the vast majority of confirmed Covid cases at the moment.

On November 19, the most recent day case data is confirmed for, children aged 5 to 9 and 10 to 14 were by far the age group with the highest proportion of cases. Children aged 5 to 9 had a Covid rate of 1,074.7, and 10 to 14 a rate of 1,600.5.

Behind these age groups are adults aged 35 to 39 (649.5 per 100,000) and 40 to 44 (637.7), followed by people aged 15 to 19 (609.9).

This points to schoolchildren spreading the virus among themselves, which then spreads to adults of an age most likely to be working around or caring for them.

In contrast, the elderly and university-aged people are far less infected. No age group for people aged 65 or over has a case rate of above 200 per 100,000, and the 20 to 24 age range has a rate of 261.7.

And this has been the case for the last month or so.

As well as the rising cases, seven people have died with Covid in the seven-day period ending November 19.

However, as reported yesterday, people are dying with the virus at a lower rate compared to case numbers than in previous Covid surges in January 2021, or even November 2020.

Here is the full list of Cornwall areas, by rate of Covid lowest to highest (may not function on mobile)

Area Number of cases, week ending November 19

Cases per 100,000

Altarnun & Stoke Climsland 15 176.2 Mylor Bridge & Frogpool 11 177 Towednack, Lelant & Carbis Bay 11 179.5 Gunnislake & Calstock 14 214.9 Marazion, St Erth & Gwinear Gwithian 21 216.2 Launceston 24 216.8 Probus & Roseland 18 222.2 Penzance North 19 230.4 Callington & Pensilva 20 240 Bodmin East 21 248 Torpoint 13 250.3 Perranporth & Goonhavern 16 263.4 St Neot & St Cleer 18 269.3 Kingsand, Antony & Maryfield 17 271.4 Camborne West 19 272.4 Redruth South 24 293.8 Mevagissey & Polgooth 24 297.9 Grampound Road, St Newlyn East and Cubert 21 302.6 Hayle 31 303.5 Looe & Polperro 16 326.2 Crackington & Tintagel 24 329.4 Camelford & Tresmeer 24 333.7 St Austell North & Carclaze 25 340.2 Illogan & Portreath 25 347.5 Lostwithiel & Penwithick 39 349.8 St Germans & St Mellion 24 352.5 Bodmin West 29 354.7 Penzance South & Newlyn 21 355.8 Helston 44 357.2 St Ives & Halsetown 25 361 Ponsanooth, Mabe Burnthouse & Constantine 44 372.3 West Penwith & St Buryan 25 374.3 Newquay West 28 379.6 Dobwalls, Addington & Menheniot 35 387.3 Wadebridge 28 389.8 Redruth North 29 390.8 Porthleven, Breage & Praa Sands 27 392.8 Camborne South 31 397.7 St Austell Central 41 403.4 Truro East 35 410.4 St Austell East & Carlyon Bay 41 418.5 Newquay East 44 438.1 Camborne East 40 456.6 Tywardreath & Fowey 28 457.1 St Columb Major & St Mawgan 53 465.2 Falmouth North 38 483.6 Penryn 41 485.3 Liskeard 28 486.5 St Columb Minor & Porth 46 499.6 Saltash Latchbrook & St Stephens 28 506.2 Crowan, Wendron & Stithians 43 506.5 Truro South & Central 34 512.2 Trebetherick & Whitecross 29 515 Penzance Quay 35 525.6 Falmouth East 37 526.8 Pool & Illogan Highway 47 534.1 St Breward, Tredethy & Lanivet 34 542 Par 39 549.5 Mid Saltash 32 590.7 Roche & Goss Moor 48 605.9 Shortlanesend, Chacewater & Carnon Downs 57 623.7 St Day & Lanner 38 626.4 Saltash Town & Pillmere 45 638.2 Bude & Stratton 70 660.4 St Agnes & Mount Hawke 59 692.2 Trewoon, Coombe & Foxhole 59 702.5 Falmouth West & South 59 720.3 Lanreath, Pelynt & Polraun 59 739.3 St Just & Land's End 42 751.6 Padstow & St Issey 57 804.1 Truro West 87 827.7 The Lizard 134 1378.9 Poundstock & Kilkhampton 107 1405.3

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