Cornwall's Covid cases now so high it would 'be on UK's red list if it was a foreign country'

CORNWALL's Covid cases are now so high that it would be "put on the red list" if it was a country on the UK's traffic light system.

Cases in the holiday hotspot have soared in recent weeks, leading to warnings from tourist officials.

Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins said this morning: "Turkey is on the red list and has 162 cases per 100,000 – and Cornwall has 771 cases per 100,000.

"If Cornwall was a country, it would be on the red list."

The Maldives, also on the red list, has just 151 cases per 100,000.

Cornwall's cases have doubled in a week, due to holidays with tourism "undoubtedly part of the problem," said Dr Hilary, as well as the Boardmasters festival which has been linked to thousands of cases.

It follows reports that Cornwall has six of the eight highest Covid areas in England.

The top three in England are Newquay East, Newquay West and St Columb Minor & Porth – all in Cornwall.

Truro and St Ives were also all in the top ten, with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

Earlier this week, Visit Cornwall boss Malcom Bell urged tourists not to visit unless they had a Covid test and had prebooked.

He said: "We are asking people not to come unless they have booked ahead and request they take a lateral flow test before, during and after [their] stay so that [people] can be safe and help us to manage the current spike.”

Mr Bell added: “There is concern and most local residents will be happier in a week or so, when the peak season is over and an older demographic visits as there are too many occurrences of overcrowding in honey pots.

“We are asking visitors to look at visiting other parts of Cornwall."

People on social media agreed that it is unfair that many destinations are on the red list while Cornwall remains open.

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One person wrote: "Cornwall has far worse rates than countries on the travel red list! Deeply depressing considering we had the lowest rates last year."

Another person said: "St Ives is just too busy & people crowd into shops & won't wear masks. Doesn't feel safe."

One person added: "More likely to get Covid in Cornwall and UK than Jamaica."

Someone else agreed: "The Dominican Republic is still on the red list with 16 infections per 100K reported in the last 7 days.

"Cornwall has 770 infections per 100K reported in the last week. I’d much rather be in the Dominican Republic than Cornwall."


 

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