We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our residents, who we understand had tested positive for COVID-19 and also had underlying health conditions.

Speaking on behalf of Torbay Council, Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of the Council, said: “We are so sorry to hear this news and offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and all who knew them as they come to terms with their loss.

“I am sure the news will be met with sadness in the wider community and it is important that everyone remains calm and follows the latest national advice on the steps needed to reduce the spread of infection.

“The situation regarding Coronavirus is changing rapidly and we must work together as a community to protect ourselves and those around us. We will all need to adapt to different day to day behaviours and it is essential that we support each other as we do so.”

The government has announced guidance to help reduce the spread of infection which requires anyone who has symptoms of a coronavirus infection – a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) – to stay at home for seven days from the point that their symptoms first started if living on their own, or 14 days if living with people in a household and one person gets symptoms.

This will help protect others in the community while the individual is infectious. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after the isolation period, visit NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

The latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Caroline Dimond, Director of Public Health at Torbay Council said: “We are working with health colleagues to do everything we can to stop the virus spreading and ensure the people of Torbay are protected. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of infection.

“The best action we can all take to prevent spread of the virus is to follow the NHS advice. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, and if you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you use a tissue throw it away immediately – catch it, bin it, kill it.

“Clean down surfaces regularly and practise good hand hygiene when you arrive home, get to work, and before you eat and drink.”

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