‘Like Napoli or a busy bank holiday’ at Branscombe yesterday. I have asked police to patrol, EDDC for warning notices, and DCC to press Government to lock down the SW

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Alas, Branscombe beach wasn’t as quiet yesterday as the picture shows. Locals tell me it was ‘like when the Napoli happened, or a busy bank holiday’. People were thronging around, not at all observing social distancing.

It’s like many younger and middle-aged people just don’t understand – this is a lethal disease, causing a pneumonia for which there is no cure. The youngest person to die in the UK was 18. A 36-year-old nurse is fighting for her life in Birmingham. Half of the people with it in London hospitals are under 65.

If there are a dozen people with Covid-19 in the Seaton area today, and each infects 3, there’ll be three dozen in a few days and three hundred in a couple of weeks. If it’s the same across the area and 10 per cent need hospital treatment, there won’t be enough beds, ventilators, or nurses to give all the sufferers a chance. Many will die at home without treatment.

I’ve asked the police to patrol beaches at busy times, and for EDDC to put up notices demanding people keep their distance. I’ve written to John Hart, leader of the County Council, and Phil Norrey, the chief executive, asking them to pile the pressure on government to lock down the South West, using police and troops if necessary to stop all non-essential travel.

Phil has replied saying they’re doing all they can. Now do yours – stick with your immediate family. Keep your distance from others. Isolate completely for a full week if you get any cold, flu, throat or temperature symptoms. Call 111 if you have difficulty breathing.

2 thoughts on “‘Like Napoli or a busy bank holiday’ at Branscombe yesterday. I have asked police to patrol, EDDC for warning notices, and DCC to press Government to lock down the SW

    Karen Curnock said:
    March 23, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I’ve asked EDDC about beach huts this year and the impact of not paying our site rental by the due date because of waiting for clarity about whether the huts should be erected at all. In other words will hut owners lose their claim to a particular site or lose any prior claim at all for any site next year if the rental is not paid by the due date this year. The initial response from the beach hut administrator was to leave it up to hut owners as to whether to erect and use their hut – the implication being that we would still be required to pay the £600 rental. Further enquiries are being made, but I thought it worth making more widely known here. Karen Curnock

    On Mon, 23 Mar 2020 at 09:23, SEATON & COLYTON matters wrote:

    > Martin Shaw posted: ” Alas, Branscombe beach wasn’t as quiet yesterday as > the picture shows. Locals tell me it was ‘like when the Napoli happened, or > a busy bank holiday’. People were thronging around, not at all observing > social distancing. It’s like many younger and middl” >

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    Eileen Wright said:
    March 23, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    It’s been like that in Seaton recently too. People seem to be bemused by it and in holiday mode. However, it must be said that many of us don’t have any option but to go out for necessary groceries. I checked online for grocery deliveries (the supermarkets I know about locally, that is) and they’re fully booked up for the next three weeks.
    On a similar note, regarding not understanding the seriousness of this virus, I recently tried to cancel a gas appliance check-up organised by the council, but was told it would have to go through a legal process because they are legally obliged to do these checks…and besides, the workmen who do them are all observing personal hygeine, lol. Which, of course, doesn’t take into account how many homes or people they’ve been visiting. As I have tonsilitis symptoms and am over 70, I have decided not to allow them in anyway.

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