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“We are going to have to learn to live safely with COVID for the foreseeable future,” says Director of Public Health Devon

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Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, said this week that we are all going to have to learn to live safely with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, and that a key part of that is for us to keep the infection rates as low as possible.

He was talking ahead of March 29th – the next key date in the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

In just a few days, if the current national data supports it, England will see the latest easing of restrictions.

“As of Monday 29th, up to six people or two households are able to meet, but only outdoors,” said Steve Brown.

“Organised outdoor sports and leisure will also be permitted, but please remember, you should keep your travel to a minimum.

“Please continue to maintain your social distance, wear your face coverings when you’re indoors in a public place, and remember to wash your hands frequently and properly.”

The Director of Public Health repeated his message about the importance of regular testing for people who are not showing symptoms of having the virus.

One in three people with coronavirus do not show symptoms and could potentially be spreading the virus unknowingly to others.

“If you are somebody who has to leave home to work or volunteer, or you’re a carer for somebody, or you happen to be in a family, household or maybe a bubble with somebody who attends a nursery or education, please access regular testing twice a week.”

His message this week comes as the decline in positive cases across the county continues to slow down, and outbreaks of the virus are still seen in some settings such as care homes.

Case rates in Devon are currently highest in Eastern and Mid Devon, and most positive cases are among the 20 to 39 year old age group.

Listen to Steve Brown’s full message on You Tube.