Sadly Tier 2 reflects the reality that East Devon has more cases – we need a consistent effort to suppress Covid until vaccines are available

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Covid has been gradually working its way around East Devon in recent weeks, so it is not surprising that the Government’s scientific advice has put us into Tier 2. It is in everyone’s interests to keep this pandemic down. It’s not just reducing the pressure on our hospitals, important though that is – many more people are dying and suffering lasting complications from this disease and we need to protect everyone in our community.

The problem is that the Government hasn’t been consistent in its goals or its messaging, and there’s still some of that in the new rules – why allow 1000 people at an indoor sporting event when you’re closing pubs? – but we all just need to persevere in the hope that a vaccine will be widely available in the new year.

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