Coronavirus risk closes district council offices

The Blackdown House offices in Honiton

EAST Devon District Council closed its offices on Honiton on Friday afternoon, due to a possible case of coronavirus in a member of staff.

The Blackdown House offices were closed at 12noon on Friday and all staff were sent home after one employee, who had recently returned to the UK from the high risk country, started showing symptoms of the virus.

A statement from East Devon District Council said this was a “precautionary measure”, adding: “Although the risk was very low, we are taking the correct measures. All members of staff have been sent home and the majority will be able to continue working remotely.”

The offices were thoroughly cleansed over the weekend, according to recommended guidelines, and re-opened this morning (Monday).

The latest figures released by the World Health Organization (March 8) report that there are now 105,586 confirmed cases of coronavirus globally and there has been 3,548 deaths, mostly in China where the virus originated.

A total of 101 countries have been affected, with 210 confirmed cases in the UK and three deaths.

More information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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