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

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…

Outdoor dining domes have been set up in Exeter in a bid to support restaurants hit by the coronavirus lockdown. Exeter City Council has part-funded seven heated domes for people to eat out in their own socially-distanced bubble. The transparent domes measure 3.6m in diameter will be sited outside Rockfish, in Piazza Terracina, on Exeter Quay, Mango’s – during the day – and Waterfront – evenings until 10pm – both at King’s Wharf, on Exeter Quay. There will be two domes outside the Prospect Inn and pair of pods by Exeter Quay. A further two domes will be outside Artigiano,…

Another 603 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Exeter in the past week – with ‘clusters’ identified in 13 areas of the city.   Just over half of the positive tests relate to specimen dates in the past seven days, with the rest going back to September. One-hundred-and-seven new cases had been confirmed across the city in the previous week. The rise has been mainly attributed to students at the University of Exeter – which has been described as Devon’s ‘biggest worry’. A total of 1,063 coronavirus cases have now been recorded in Exeter, where the infection rate is 808.9…

Weekly government figures show 92 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon – with ‘clusters’ identified in ten areas of the district. Half of the positive tests relate to specimen dates in the past seven days; the rest go back to September. Eleven new cases had been confirmed across the district in the previous week. A total of 397 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in East Devon, where the infection rate is 271.4 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 603 new cases have been confirmed. A total of 1,369 cases have been confirmed in Devon and Cornwall…

Restrictions on University of Exeter students meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of their household have been extended by an extra week.  The move comes after more than 80 per cent of the 532 Covid-19 cases recorded in the city in the past seven days were attributed to the university. Students were initially told on September 28 not to socialise with other households for a fortnight. They have now been asked to obey the restrictions until October 19. University of Exeter registrar and secretary Mike Shore-Nye said in a statement: “We review our data, current measures and future plans with Public Health…

Temperatures can now be checked at the school gates in Budleigh Salterton thanks to a donation of three laser thermometers by the town’s Lions Club. Staff and pupils at St Peter’s Primary School can be monitored for signs of the coronavirus infection after Budleigh Salterton Lions Club paid for the equipment. Headteacher Steve Hitchcock said: “The Lions of Budleigh very generously paid for three laser thermometers so we can easily check pupil and staff temperatures. “Not only can we check them if they display symptoms, but if there is an outbreak, we can stand at the school gate and easily check pupils…

East Devon has gone six weeks – and Exeter 15 – without a coronavirus-related death, according to the latest government figures. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published today (Tuesday, October 6) show zero new fatalities due to the virus have been recorded in Devon and Cornwall. The data relates to deaths that occurred during the week of September 19 – 25 but were registered up to October 3. Three fatalities had been recorded across both counties in the previous seven-day period. Across Devon, the South Hams and North Devon have gone 18 weeks without a coronavirus-related death, Torridge 17, Torbay…

A positive Covid-19 test in the Exmouth Town Football Club squad has seen the side’s next two matches postponed. The Southern Road outfit’s first-team were due to face Plymouth Parkway on Wednesday night (October 7) in a top-of-the-table Toolstation Western League Premier game. The squad have been informed and advised to take appropriate actions regarding self-isolating and seek medical advice if symptoms develop… They were then set to travel to Sherborne Town on Saturday (October 10) in an FA Vase tie. But the club’s Covid-19 manager Bob Chard said in a statement issued today (Tuesday): “As a result of a…