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

Mobile community Covid testing has been made available in East Devon and Exeter from this week as part of a Devon-wide drive to stop the spread of the virus. Every adult in Devon can now take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week – through testing centres, workplaces, pharmacies, or home delivery. Launched this week, mobile community testing has been made available by Devon County Council (DCC) in East Devon at Axminster, Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton, and also in Exeter. The service will stop in each town, at a specific location, twice a week on pre-arranged days.…

Devon and Cornwall Police has urged residents to ‘step up’ as Covid-19 lockdown rules are eased. The force will stick to its ‘4Es’ approach – engagement, education, encouragement and enforcement as a final resort – as the UK enters the next stage of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of restrictions. From Monday, March 29, outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, can take place between two households or groups of up to six people from different households. Covid-19 has never been about policing a pandemic…There should still be no mixing indoors with people outside of your household or support bubble. Outdoor sports…

Police investigating a Covid-19 outbreak at a care home in Sidmouth say five people are now confirmed to have died. Devon and Cornwall Police said the deaths are all thought to be related to the large-scale outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road, Sidford. A further ten residents with coronavirus are being treated at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. And one member of staff from the care home is currently in hospital with Covid-19. Police, continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, say there have been five deaths since Sunday March 6, and…

Mobile community Covid testing centres offering results within an hour are set to visit Honiton, Exmouth, and Axminster after a successful trial in Exeter. A new unit was tried out at Devon and Cornwall Police’s Middlemoor HQ on Friday, February 19. It has been bought by the county council and, from this week, is hitting the road offering rapid testing to the public in areas with the highest rates of coronavirus. More mobile facilities are ‘expected to come online soon’, says the authority. They will be available in Honiton, Exmouth, Axminster, Okehampton, Tavistock and Ivybridge ‘in the coming weeks’. Devon County…

‘Covid compliance officers’ are to hit East Devon high streets ensuring businesses stick to government rules when they reopen. Two new district council roles have been created and filled by Andy Squires and Rachel Payne – who have already begun visiting traders in Exmouth. The posts are being paid for from a £131,000 pot of European funding awarded to the authority. Andy and Rachel will respond to enquiries and reports from businesses and members of the public concerned about Covid-safety compliance. The duo will work alongside regulatory and enforcement professionals and other agencies and partners to ‘provide advice, education and…

‘Momentous’ is how a mum from Budleigh Salterton with a rare genetic disorder described receiving her Covid-19 vaccine in Exmouth. Fran McElhone, aged 40, filmed herself getting the jab at the East Devon Vaccination Centre, in Exmouth, after she was invited for the vaccine because of her underlying health condition Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a lung disorder that leaves her vulnerable to the effects of inhaling smoke or other toxic materials, such as dust, fumes or chemicals. Fran, a photographer and journalist, said she felt ‘really lucky’ to receive the jab, to protect herself, and others, from the coronavirus. Working mum…

From this week, February 22 – the Coronavirus vaccination programme in Devon expands and people who are 65 years and over will be able to book an appointment. GPs will be in contact with patients, and appointments are also available through the national booking system. And people aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions will be contacted by their GP practice. NHS Devon said ‘tens of thousands’ more people across the county will be contacted from this week, inviting them to make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination. People aged 65 and over and those who are clinically vulnerable (JCVI…

Another 17 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon – and six more in Exeter – in the latest weekly figures. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data published on Tuesday, February 9, shows the seven-day toll across both Devon and Cornwall was 138. The figures relate to deaths which occurred in the week of January 23 – 29 and were registered up to February 6. Five of the deaths recorded in East Devon were at hospital, nine were in care homes, and three were at home. One of the fatalities in Exeter was in hospital and five were in care…

This time-lapse video shows the fast-paced effort that went into setting up the Covid-19 mass vaccination centre at Westpoint, near Exeter. Event venue Westpoint Exeter, in Clyst St Mary, and the Mayflower grandstand, at Plymouth Argyle Football Club Home Park stadium, opened at the end of January bringing the national total of mass vaccine sites to 50. Scores of people and volunteers were involved in the quick set-up of the Exeter and East Devon-based large-scale vaccine centre. Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said: “Hundreds of people from different sectors have…

Week-on-week figures show the number confirmed Covid-19 cases in East Devon and Exeter has dropped – with virus ‘clusters’ in 17 parts of the district and every part of the city. A further 152 infections have been confirmed across the East Devon – with another 110 in Exeter. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 69 when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a drop of 148. All but three of the wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or…

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