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Eerie photos show deserted Exeter city centre during lockdown – Devon Live

Eerie photos show deserted Exeter city centre during lockdown – Devon Live

Images taken from quiet central Exeter this morning show that many people are respecting new lockdown rules.

Saturday marked the start of the first weekend under the UK’s second nationwide lockdown.

The Government has introduced a four-week closure of pubs, restaurants, ‘non-essential’ shops and leisure centres in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown, which started on November 5, will go on until at least Wednesday, December 2.

Princesshay Shopping Centre during the second lockdown

New figures show there were a total of 156 patients in hospitals in Devon following a positive Covid-19 test, according to data published on Friday, November 6.

The fresh data also shows that there have been 1,946 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed across Devon and Cornwall since October 30.

Inside the Guildhall Shopping Centre

On Saturday, it was confirmed that the UK coronavirus hospital death toll had risen by 366.

That nation-wide figure means fatalities have gone up by 42 per cent in a week.

It is hoped that the lockdown will have a profound effect on transmission rates before Christmas.

This was Queen Street, near Central Station, earlier today

Earlier on Satruday in Plymouth, a coffee shop was fined £2,000 for flouting lockdown rules and serving customers inside.

Finla Coffee had already been hit with a £1,000 fine, meaning a total of £3,000 in fines were handed down.

Police later explained why customers were not fined despite being inside.

The High Street in Exeter

New figures released on Saturday also showed that Pennsylvania & University of Exeter is no longer the part of Devon worst-hit by coronavirus.

New figures show that there were 28 new cases in that part of the city, along with 21 at St James’s Park & Hoopern.

But Higher Brixham now has 38 cases, while Brixham Town is on 35. Wellswood has seen 24 new cases according to the figures, which run between October 27 and November 2.

Outside Exeter Cathedral would normally be heaving on a Saturday morning

Meanwhile, other statistics show three more people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in Devon hospitals.

One of the fatalities occurred in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital on Thursday, November 5, while another was in Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital on Friday, November 6.

Another happened at Torbay Hospital on Saturday, October 24.

It means 49 people with Covid-19 have now died at the Exeter hospital, while Derriford has seen 92 deaths. Torbay now stands at 55.

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