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

Local laboratories will be used in Devon to tackle a backlog in processing coronavirus tests. County health chiefs heard that that people trying to book a check have been sent as far away as Cardiff – a 260-mile round-trip of four-and-a-half hours. The Local Outbreak Engagement Board was told on Thursday that the issue had been raised at the ‘highest possible level’, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Devon’s deputy director of public health Steve Brown said the challenge was lab capacity, not the issuing of tests. He added that the national solution was to increase capacity from around 250,000 tests…

A rise in coronavirus cases in Devon has seen its director of public health urge residents to do their bit to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr Virginia Pearson said infections remain ‘comparatively low’ – with 53 confirmed in the Devon County Council are last week. However, that is compared to 42 in the previous seven days, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. We must remember that coronavirus is still a very real threat to us all, especially to our older and vulnerable residents – Dr Virginia PearsonOf the 53 new cases, 15 were in East Devon and ten…

Ottery St Mary’s famous Tar Barrels will not roll this year, organisers of the flaming tradition announced today.  The November 5 festivities have been cancelled, along with the town’s carnival, due to the Covid-19 crisis. Driving forces behind the events say they had worked to be ready to host them if the pandemic ‘released its hold’ on the nation. But they added that the traditions, which attract big numbers to the town, would unavoidably be ‘mass gatherings’, put spectators at risk and fall foul of government guidelines. Organisers said in a statement posted on Facebook this afternoon: “The Ottery St…

A new interactive map has shown no coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in East Devon or Exeter in July. Latest statistics show fatalities due to the virus have been logged in 16 of the district’s 20 wards and all but one of the city’s 14 areas. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and July 31, and were registered by August 15. A total of six coronavirus deaths – in the Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon, Feniton and Whimple and Exeter St Thomas West wars – were…

Covid has cancelled Sidmouth 2020 air show amid town council fears it would be ‘irresponsible’ to encourage 30,000-plus people to the seafront. Sidmouth Town Council on Tuesday (August 11) officially announced the cancellation of the August bank holiday event, where traditionally the Red Arrows appear alongside a host of aerial entertainment. The cancellation of the annual event has been done to protect the town against the spread of coronavirus, and ease residents’ anxieties as they come out of lockdown. The council said it would have been ‘difficult’ to enforce the social distancing of thousands of extra people. Overall, we felt…

None of the low levels of coronavirus cases recently confirmed in Devon are believed to be linked to tourists, according to the county’s public health director. Dr Virginia Pearson said she and colleagues were ‘all over the data’ and, at present, there was no area of concern or setting for which escalation measures are required, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Data presented to the Team Devon Local Engagement Board meeting today (Wednesday, July 29) showed that, in the week ending July 26, a dozen new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the county. Three of the total were in East Devon,…

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club has found new ways of helping the community while the coronavirus has temporarily halted the group’s annual fundraisers. A beach litter-pick and a JustGiving page are two ways the Lions Club has been active in the town while the pandemic continues to force the cancellation of large gatherings and events. The club set up a JustGiving page after the Budleigh Lions had been set to raise record funds in 2020, but amid the coronavirus crisis had to cancel its annual Gala Week of family fun in May, and the August golf day. And the group held…

Extra funds are available for Covid-hit businesses in Exeter who did not qualify for financial help from the Government. Businesses in Exeter are being encouraged to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant, aimed at firms who have high on-going fixed property costs. The grants, launched last month and restricted to four categories, have been extended to include all types of businesses provided they meet set criteria. Qualifying businesses have until 5pm on Tuesday, July 21, to apply for a grant in the second round of funding. Exeter City Council (ECC) said qualifying businesses must: Have fewer than 50 employees –…

A single lab-confirmed coronavirus case has been recorded in East Devon in the past fortnight – while there have been five in Exeter. Government statistics, broken down into local authorities and last updated yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, June 23), also indicate the infection rate per 100,000 people in both areas. Their combined total of six accounts for 100 per cent of new lab-confirmed cases in the Devon County Council area in the last two weeks. This excludes Plymouth and Torbay. The data shows the total of  lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in East Devon to date is 142 and the infection rate is 98.4. This…

Two coronavirus-related death were recorded in East Devon and one in Exeter from June 6 – 12, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Figures published today (Tuesday, June 23) show a further seven deaths due to the virus have been logged across all of Devon and none in Cornwall. The numbers relate to coronavirus deaths that occurred in the seven-day period, but were registered up to June 20. East Devon and Exeter were among five of the ten local authority areas in the county to record any Covid-19 deaths during the week in question. Two of the areas’…

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