Several Exeter Tesco staff test positive for coronavirus

A number of staff who work at a Tesco store in Exeter have tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain has confirmed that there have been a number of colleagues from the Exeter Vale Tesco store with Covid-19.

It comes after workers at Exmouth’s superstoretested positive for coronavirus just last month (December 21).

Following the confirmed cases, a spokesperson for Tesco said: ”A small number of colleagues at our Exeter Vale Extra have tested positive for Covid-19.

Tesco Exeter Vale

”Their close contacts have been informed.

”The safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers remains our number one priority and we are working with local public health authorities, following all Government guidance and taking the relevant precautions.

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”We have extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including protective screens at every checkout, social distancing signage and regular cleaning.”

Today (January 6) Devon Live reported that the number of deaths registered across Devon and Cornwall where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate has fallen to the lowest level for six weeks.

The figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which relate to the week of December 19 to December 25, but registered up to January 2, show that 27 of the 285 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

The previous week saw 43 of the 402 deaths registered in the two counties had Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.

The reduction in the number of deaths may be a combination as a result of the second lockdown, due to the time lag between infection and death, but also could be a result of registration delays over the Christmas holiday period.

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