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

Children without face coverings can be turned away from Devon school transport when the measure becomes mandatory after the half-term break.  It will become a condition of travel on Monday, November 2, with youngsters facing a ‘two strikes’ policy. Education chiefs have asked pupils aged 11 and over to wear masks since the start of term – but say many have ignored the advice. A Devon County Council spokesperson said: “If a student is found not wearing a face covering by the school or transport operator on two occasions, and there is no record of them being exempt from using…

Students at the University of Exeter have been warned not to be complacent as number of coronavirus cases continue to drop. A ‘cluster’ of the virus in the Pennsylvania and University area has now fallen to 72 cases – from 322 ten days ago, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Mike Shore-Nye, registrar and secretary at the university, said: “There is good news this week that the number of new positive Covid-19 cases are beginning to fall in Exeter and we are beginning to contain the outbreak. “Dr Virginia Pearson, director of public health for Devon, says that we have seen…

No coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in two months – while Exeter has gone 17 weeks without a fatality. Weekly Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (Tuesday, October 20) show four further deaths due to the virus have been logged across all of Devon. Three of these were in Plymouth care homes, while the other was in Torbay. A single fatality was recorded in Cornwall. The data relates to deaths that occurred during the week of October 3-9, but were registered up to October 17. One fatality had been recorded across both counties in the previous…

Another 69 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ identified in a dozen of its wards.   It means a total of 466 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in the district, where the infection rate is 318.6 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 379 new cases have been confirmed in the past seven days. The city’s overall total stands at 1,442 with an infection rate of 1,097.4. There were 1,133 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall. Statistics are from both ‘pillar one’ NHS data and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial…

Weekly government figures show 379 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Exeter – with ‘clusters’ identified in every area of the city. Public health chiefs have called for extra vigilance after infections among students dropped, but increased in the wider community. A total of 1,442 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in Exeter. The city’s infection rate of 1,097.4 per 100,000 people is currently marginally above the national average. There were 1,133 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall. Statistics are from both ‘pillar one’ NHS data and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial partners. Six-hundred-and-three new cases had been…

Cases of coronavirus in the student population of Exeter are reducing – but health chiefs have called for extra vigilance. The message comes with a warning of more infections in the city’s wider population and across Devon in line with a rise nationally. A ‘cluster’ of the virus in the University and Pennsylvania area has dropped from a peak of 307 cases to 193. We are now seeing more community cases in Exeter and across Devon…we expect cases to increase over the next few weeks – Dr Virginia Pearson Restrictions telling students not to mix indoors with anyone from outside their…

The Exmouth Deaf Academy has closed its doors and moved its teaching online after four students and three staff tested positive for Covid-19. The academy said it had been informed of a confirmed case of the coronavirus among its staff and pupils over the weekend, and immediately closed the school and college as a precaution. A total of three staff and four students have been confirmed as having Covid-19, and a number of adults and children are also self-isolating as part of measures to control the virus. The academy said no date has been set for reopening the site. Sylvan…

East Devon has gone seven weeks without a coronavirus-related death – while it has been four months in Exeter. Government figures published yesterday (Tuesday, October 13) show just one new fatality due to the virus – in a Plymouth care home – has been recorded in Devon and Cornwall. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data relates to deaths that occurred during the week of September 26 to October 2 but were registered up to October 10. Zero fatalities had been recorded across both counties in the previous seven-day period. Across Devon, the South Hams and North Devon have gone 19…

Rural projects in East Devon are invited to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Applications close at noon on November 3, 2020, but if a large number of eligible applications are received the fund could close earlier. Community focused not-for-profit organsiations are invited to apply for a year of grant funding, for projects to be completed by March 31, 2022. The fund is made possible thanks to the Prince’s Countryside Fund and People’s Postcode Lottery. Keith Halstead, The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) executive director, said: “Rural community resilience means different things to different…

Devon is at ‘medium’ Covid alert in the three-tiered system of local lockdowns announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday. And the county’s director of public health has explained what the rules will mean to residents and businesses. Dr Virginia Pearson added that a big rise in coronavirus cases in Exeter – 80 per cent of which are linked to university students – has ‘stabilised for the moment’. In Exeter, the high number of cases – over 80 per cent of which are linked to the university student population – appear to have stabilised for the moment – Dr Virginia…

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