Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the highest rates of Covid-19 cases in England (Photo: Getty Images)
Tourists have been urged not to visit Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as the region now has the highest rate of Covid-19 cases in England.
A total of 4,430 new infections were recorded in the region in the seven days to August 20, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE), which equates to 769.7 cases per 100,000 people.
Rates more than doubled in one week, with case rates at just 384.0 per 100,000 in the previous seven days.
Tourists urged not to visit
The Cornwall Tourist Board has urged people not to visit the area unless they have pre-booked their holidays and tested themselves for Covid-19 before, during and after their stay in the county.
Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell said visitors should aim to ‘triple their efforts as much as possible’ to follow hands, face, spatial guidance and try to stay outdoors where the risk of transmission is greatest. weak.
Mr Bell said: ‘We ask people not to come unless they have booked in advance and ask them to take a lateral flow test before, during and after (their) stay so that ( people) can be safe and help us manage the current peak.
“There are concerns and most local residents will be happier in about a week, when the peak season is over and demographic visits are older, because there are too many cases of overcrowding in the honeypots.
“We ask visitors to consider visiting other parts of Cornwall.
“We have over 300 beaches and beautiful parts that can accommodate visitors.”
Case rate on the rise in the South West
The top five local authority regions in England with the highest rates of Covid-19 cases today are all located in the south-west.
While Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly top the list, Sedgemoor in Somerset is not far behind with a rate of 724.2 per 100,000 population.
West Devon is next with a rate of 680.5, Teignbridge in Devon with a rate of 659.8 and Torbay, also in Devon, with a rate of 651.9.
The high rates come after health officials confirmed on Monday (August 23) that they were investigating 4,700 coronavirus cases that are believed to be linked to the Boardmasters music and surf festival, which was held there. almost two weeks ago in Newquay.
While these cases are spread across the country, around 800 live in Cornwall, a council official confirmed.
Newquay Mayor Louis Gardner said he spoke to other companies this week and they believe the recent spike in cases was due to a number of different issues.
Mr Gardener explained: “We are seeing a peak in Cornwall because we have the most visitors we have ever had.
“Our accommodation is at 100% capacity, our reception areas are full, there is no social distancing in place, but I think all these factors added together have an effect. It’s a perfect storm.
A Boardmasters spokesperson said the festival requires all ticket holders aged 11 and over to demonstrate their Covid-19 statistics before entering through the NHS Covid Pass app.
If participants could not show proof of a negative lateral flow test performed within 24 hours of arrival, proof of vaccination with both doses – the second being received at least 14 days before the event – or one proof of natural immunity from a PCR test, they would not be allowed to enter. The PCR test is only valid if at least 10 days and up to 180 days have passed after receiving a positive result.
They added that more than 450 people have tested positive and either left the festival early or did not enter.
A spokesperson said: “No event can completely eliminate the risk and the latest data from Test and Trace includes infections reported among the 76,000 people who visited the festival or related activities at Fistral Beach. , Newquay and the wider region during Boardmasters week.
“We will continue to work with our public health partners to understand how festival attendance contributed to the numbers. “
This article originally appeared on our partner site, NationalWorld.