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"Challenges for some time to come" warns council leader, who's praised Covid-19 response so far

Torbay Council’s leader has paid tribute to the community’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Steve Darling was speaking at the first remote meeting of the council’s Cabinet held using the conferencing software Zoom.

Councillors, officers, members of the public and press logged in from home to join the public meeting broadcast over the internet.

Cllr Darling warned that the area would be facing challenges for some time to come.

The Liberal Democrat said at the meeting on Tuesday night: “We are indeed in strange times that we have all had to experience. 

“I think that it is very important that we ought to put on the record the thanks to our staff and to other public servants who have really gone the extra mile, and also acknowledge how people across Torbay have gone the extra mile.”

He highlighted the work of volunteers and the voluntary sector, and the council’s shielding hub which is safeguarding around 1,000 people who have had to self-isolate during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Torbay became one of the first areas of the UK to report cases of coronavirus infection after an outbreak in early March linked to a family returning from a half-term holiday in Italy.

By Ed Oldfield, local democracy reporting partnership

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