As many as 33 positive coronavirus cases were reported to have been recorded over a period of three days at Holmesley Care Home in Sidmouth, Devon earlier this week. Three residents died and several others are believed to have been admitted to hospital.
Public Health Devon said the fact that residents and staff in the home have received their first dose vaccinations will be “providing a level of protection for them”.
“This level of outbreak is unusual following the roll out of the vaccination programme, but it is a reminder that we must all stay on our guard,” said the agency’s director Steve Brown.
“While the vaccine roll out is going well and proving effective, we need to remember that no vaccination is ever 100% effective,” he added.