Devon and Cornwall Police officers isolating after positive tests

Twenty-one cases of coronavirus have been confirmed amongst the police officers and staff of Devon and Cornwall Police over a four-week period, the police force has confirmed.

In the 28 days leading up to October 27, Devon and Cornwall Police reports 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its police officers and staff, and says anyone who tested positive has or is currently self-isolating.

Devon and Cornwall Police also said there is a full test and trace procedure in place, in line with government guidelines, to ensure anyone who may have been in contact with any individual who has tested positive can be “managed and cared for”.

A Police spokesperson said: “In the last 4 weeks (28 days to the 27th of October) there have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among police officers and staff across Devon and Cornwall and as a result, these have or are currently self-isolating.

“This is in line with government guidelines and a full test and trace procedure is in place to ensure all those staff in contact with the individual can be appropriately managed and cared for.

“Public Health England has been made aware and are continuing to liaise with senior managers locally to offer expert advice.

“Resources are being managed to maintain front line delivery of policing services but this has not been compromised by these positive COVID results.

“We continue to reinforce the importance of COVID Secure to all of our staff and regularly review the safety and compliance of all of our workplaces.”

This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that England would be plunged into a second national lockdown, in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Boris Johnson said he expects the lockdown to remain in place for four weeks until December 2 – but those with longer memories will recall the March measures had an expected time frame of at least three weeks, and Michael Gove has already spoken out to say that these measures may indeed need to be extended beyond December 2.

The new rules are effectively a new ‘Tier 4’ which will be imposed for a month initially to the whole of England.

However, there are some key differences from the lockdown we experienced earlier this year, such as the ability to head outside for exercise freely, as well as the rule which allows one person to meet with one other person from another household, outside – and babies and small children don’t count as one of those people, which means parents with small children could be less isolated.

The Office for National Statistics estimated that 568,100 people in households were infected with coronavirus in the week ending October 23, and Government scientific advisers believe it is now too late for a two-week national circuit-breaker to have enough of an effect.

According to the BBC, The UK recorded another 21,915 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,011,660.

Mr Johnson said: “From Thursday the basic message is the same: Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

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