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Covid-19 (coronavirus) news in East Devon and Exeter

Covid-19 cases recorded in East Devon have increased by a third in week, with an additional 325 infections confirmed. In Exeter 1, 345 cases were recorded, an increase of 212 (18.7 per cent) from the previous week. Official figures for the week to Thursday, January 20 show the rate in the Devon County Council area went up by just over 20 per cent, with slightly smaller increases in Torbay and Plymouth. East Devon recorded 1,285 cases of coronavirus in the last seven days, up to January 20, an increase of 325 on the previous week. The weekly increase of 33.9…

A Covid vaccination centre serving East Devon and Exeter is to remain open until at least the end of the year.  The facility at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton, opened last May and replaced an initial hub at Westpoint, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. District council planning committee members unanimously backed keeping the centre in place at their January meeting. I would like to offer thanks on behalf of everyone for all the marvellous work the volunteers have done…Proposals had been submitted to the authority before the Government announced earlier this month that such buildings could stay put without…

Recorded Covid cases in East Devon and Exeter have risen by 18.6 per cent and 31.7 per cent respectively in a week.  Infections continue to increase across the county but remain below the UK-wide average rate, according to figures for the week up to Thursday, January 6. East Devon has an infection rate of 1,091.3 per 100,000 people, while Exeter’s is 1,302. The national average is 1,831 per 100,000 people. North Devon recorded the largest weekly increase in the county with recorded coronavirus cases rocketing by 79 per cent. West Devon and Torridge both saw increases of more than 50…

East Devon has the the highest Covid booster rate in the county, according to new statistics.  Some 73.2 per cent of the district’s population aged over 12 have had the extra jab as of Monday, January 9 – the sixth-highest in England. Exeter as the second-lowest rate in Devon at 51.7 per cent. The national average is 62 per cent. Covid case numbers locally are much higher than previously, so it is more important than ever to get vaccinated… It follows weeks of campaigning urging the public to ‘get boosted now’ for protection against the Omicron variant of the virus.…

The latest coronavirus statistics show the virus has risen across East Devon, as the county begins to replicate the rest of the UK’s rising levels of Covid-19. In East Devon, Covid cases have almost doubled in the last week, up more than 44 per cent. The total recorded cases in East Devon over seven days up to December 30, 2021, was 1,351 – an extra 414 on the previous week. The infection rate recorded in East Devon during the same timescale was 912 people per 100,000. In tables released on Tuesday, January, 4, results show the week to Thursday, December…

Health chiefs say Devon residents will be contacted when they become eligible for a Covid booster jab – despite a potential delay in invitations being sent out. County council deputy leader James McInnes told a virtual meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board ‘there does seem to be some confusion’ and asked for clarification on behalf of the public. The NHS in Devon says it will let people know by letter, text or email when it is their turn and there is no need to contact it in advance, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. People can then book using…

A new £2million fund designed to help local businesses prosper has been launched by East Devon District Council (EDDC). The authority says the Innovation and Resilience Fund (IRF) – aimed at supporting economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – is unlike any grant scheme it has run before. Firms and entrepreneurs can apply for up to £50,000 each, or £150,000 for a collaborative bid. The fund is designed to support ‘innovative’ projects that: Support business diversification and the development of new and innovative products; Enable carbon reductions and biodiversity enhancements; Enable and safeguard high value jobs; Offer inclusive opportunities to…

Devon health chiefs are advising double-jabbed people to be cautious and still get tested for Covid-19 despite a change in the regulations last week. Since Monday, August 16, people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus no longer have to self-isolate, provided they received their second vaccination more than a fortnight ago. The rule also applies to everyone under 18 and those who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown said the move will ‘inevitably’ lead to a ‘slight…

Recorded new Covid-19 cases in East Devon have risen by seven per cent in a week, but have dropped in Exeter by 18 per cent.  Some 512 cases were logged in the district, with 626 in the city, in the seven days up to August 15. This is a rise of 34 in East Devon, where the infection rate is 345.8 per 100,000 people, when compared to the previous week. But there was a decrease of 139 in Exeter where the infection rate is 469.5 – the second highest in Devon. Both areas are still well above the national average rate…

Eligible people in Devon could be ‘double jabbed’ with Covid booster and flu jabs simultaneously from next month, under plans being drawn up by health chiefs. Steve Brown, the county’s director of public health, said that while the logistics of the proposals were still being worked on, ‘ideally it would make sense to have them together’, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. “The hope and aspiration is we make it as convenient as possible for individuals. How and where we do that is something which will come out in the fullness of time,” said Mr Brown. He added that the…

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