coronavirus

Devon in 'good position' if local outbreak occurs

Authored by Mary

Devon is ‘in a good position’ if a local outbreak occurs, following sustained low numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and steady flow of quality data, says Devon’s Director of Public Health.

Dr Virginia Pearson was answering questions at Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (July 8) on the Local Outbreak Management Plan.

The plan is a blueprint which details...

Lead agencies urge the public to stay safe this weekend

Authored by Mary

As lockdown restrictions ease further this weekend, senior politicians, public health and Police leads are urging the Devon public to stay safe.

Pubs, restaurants, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions are allowed to reopen from Saturday, so long as they adhere to national public health guidelines.

Holiday accommodation sites can also reopen, and with visitors able...

New moves to contain coronavirus in Devon

Authored by Mary

New measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon and safeguard the health of local people have been revealed.

They detail plans to provide a fast response to any future outbreaks of the virus across the county and help prevent it spreading.

The plans involve close partnership working between local organisations like health, councils, police, schools and care...

Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

Authored by News Desk

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

Pandemic offers glimpse into a carbon neutral future

Authored by Mary

Devon’s carbon emissions have reduced by almost a quarter (23 per cent) during the lockdown new data suggests.

The data has been collected on behalf of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG), a group of public, private and voluntary sector bodies working to make Devon carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest.

It forms part of a discussion paper ahead of Friday’s...

East Devon to reopen remaining gardens in line with new Government measures on exercise during the pandemic

Authored by Mary

The seven remaining East Devon District Council gardens which have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown will reopen from tomorrow. (Wednesday May 13)

The decision has been reviewed following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday where new measures for exercise were introduced. Although the gardens will reopen, the council is reiterating that the strict social distancing...

Online Doctors warns the Devon public about buying unlicensed Covid 19 tests

Authored by Mary

ONLINE doctors Vala Health is warning the public against buying Covid 19 antibody tests, currently selling for as much as £250 which aren’t licenced in the UK and might not work.

Vala Health CEO Pete Trainor fears people are so anxious due to the Covid 19 pandemic they may not be aware the testing kits, which are supposed to tell if you have ever had the virus or not, have not been...

Recycling centres to open for essential use only

Authored by News Desk

Devon County Council is reopening its recycling centres for essential use only from Monday 11 May.

The government has defined ‘essential use’ as waste that ‘cannot be stored without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household.’

Residents are urged to follow government guidance and only travel to recycling centres if the waste...

East Devon Chairman says celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day AT HOME this bank holiday weekend

Authored by Mary

Help commemorate the end of Second World War in Europe (Victory in Europe) with a range of fun activities over the weekend of 8 to 10 May 2020

In a world without a lockdown, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe would have been a very significant occasion – even the May bank holiday was moved to recognise this.

There would have been large...

BBC local radio stations unite to hear the stories behind race and coronavirus

Authored by Mary

As striking data reveals Coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups, all 39 BBC local radio stations across England are joining forces in a one-hour special on Wednesday at 7pm (May 6, 2020) to explore what is being done to find out why and to hear the powerful human stories behind the figures.

Presenters Karen Gabay (BBC Radio...

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