SEASIDE residents accused the “irresponsible” British of traveling 100 miles to pack up the beaches after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases led to a hospital closing its accident and emergency department yesterday.
The influx of day trippers has left residents of Weston-super-Mare begging visitors to leave the city.
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They say the increase in infections was caused by the British driving other parts of the UK to the station, which has a large elderly population.
Locals believe that hordes of “irresponsible” families and groups from as far away as Birmingham triggered the health care crisis by visiting the city during the sunny holiday in early May.
Those in the city and surrounding areas who require hospital treatment for the coronavirus appear to have exploded, which puts additional pressure on Weston General Hospital so that it can no longer cope.
The hospital closed its accident and emergency department yesterday at 8 a.m.
In Weston-super-Mare today, the father of two children Tony Cyphus and his girlfriend, Daria Markiton, had traveled almost an hour and a half from Wiltshire to spend the day by the sea.
The bricklayer Tony said: “It’s a little hard but it’s worth it. This is the first time we have gone anywhere since the lock started and we wanted to make the most of it.
“The weather is beautiful and this beach is perfect. We spent a lot of time driving to get here, but it’s the closest to us. “
Asked about the local hospital crisis, Tony replied, “I heard about it on the radio when I came here, but I do not intend to break the rules of social distancing. We are both very careful about this. “
Nearby, Stewart Griffiths, 60, and his wife Dawn, 55, had traveled nearly 160 km with Worcestershire with their family.
Stewart said, “I don’t know anyone who has had a coronavirus, let alone died. Places like this need their beaches full of tourists or local businesses will fall. We are doing our part to keep Weston-super- Mare’s economy going.
“The country needs to reopen and revive our economy. The viral threat has been extremely exaggerated. However, we followed the lock rules. It’s our first visit to a beach in a year and it’s nice to be here on such a beautiful, sunny day. “
Local businessman Paul Fella, 69, who heads the Fella Glacier across from the busy beach, said: “We were overwhelmed over the May holiday weekend.
“We told ourselves that because there were so many people in Weston, it would be difficult to observe a social distancing and that could be the reason why the hospital can no longer accommodate patients. I am disappointed that this has happened. “
Don Trapnell, 56, who runs a beachside cafe in the city, added: “The beach has been absolutely crowded these past weekends.
“They came from everywhere, some as far as Birmingham, which is more than 160 kilometers away. Madness.
“You have groups of friends and families all coming together here for the first time in months, drinking alcohol and their children mixing with children from other groups. No wonder the city saw an explosion of the virus.
“Today is our first day of operation and I am in a state of mind about it. I don’t feel happy being open in the middle of a pandemic, but like everyone else, I have bills to pay and being closed was losing a lot of money. “
Weston General Hospital stopped accepting new admissions after a hike over the weekend.
Bristol University Hospitals and the Weston Foundation Trust, which run the hospital, said that patients in need of care would be treated elsewhere in the region.
A statement on the trust’s website said, “Weston General Hospital will temporarily stop accepting new patients, including its A&E service, starting at 8:00 am this morning.
“This is a precautionary measure to maintain the safety of staff and patients in response to the high number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital. “
Dr. Bharat Pankhania, lecturer in public health medicine at the University of Exeter, told The Sun: “They have too many cases and this is unfortunate because it reflects what was happening two or three years ago weeks.
“It was activities like VE day when people let their guard down that led to new infections. “
He warned that more hospitals could also close if the British did not follow the lockdown advice.
Last week, the mayor of Weston-super-Mare, the mayor Mark Canniford, denounced “a total contempt” for the inhabitants of the city, the people not queuing in a socially distant manner.
He said, “There has been total disregard for the residents, total disregard for the rest of the waterfront, regardless of the appropriate queue when trying to get something to drink or drink. eat.
“Weston Seafront, the facilities just aren’t there. He cannot cope with the number of people, but people still came. “
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The relaxation of the Covid-19 lock in England means that people can drive as far as they want, as long as they don’t spend the night away from home.
Several tourist offices – such as Cornwall and the Peak District – have urged people to stay away for fear of being overwhelmed by visitors.
In some areas, local councils have told foreigners that they are not welcome.