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Cornwall Covid panic as Newquay becomes ‘pandemic capital’ after staycation surge

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Restrictions on international travel have caused a surge in staycations, with south-west England a popular destination. Newquay contains three of the areas with the highest case rates in England; Newquay East, Newquay West and St Columb Minor.

Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat health representative in Cornwall, warned the NHS faces “collapse” in the country.

Health authorities linked nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases to the Boardmasters festival, which took place in Newquay earlier this month.

About three quarters of those who tested positive were aged between 16 and 21.

Cornish tourism chiefs are urging holidaymakers not to visit the country, unless they have pre-booked and can take Covid tests.

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Newquay has become one of the UK’s Covid epicentres (Image: GETTY)

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“We are asking people not to come unless they have booked ahead” (Image: GETTY)

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, 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 to current spike.

“We are asking visitors to look at visiting other parts of Cornwall. We have over 300 beaches and lovely parts that can cope with visitors.”

He added tourists should “treble their efforts as much as possible” with hand washing and maintaining social distances.

Speaking to The Guardian Mr George, a Liberal Democrat councillor, warned Cornwall’s NHS is in “meltdown”.

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Some stores in Newquay have been forced to close after staff caught Covid (Image: GETTY)

He added: “A major contribution is the prevalence of the Conservatives promoting the ‘it’s my right’ libertarian agenda above the wider community interest.

“It’s time for a new campaign. A ‘let’s look out for each other’ message.

“Encourage people to respect and support each other, not just to assert their rights to do as they please.”

Cornish hospitals currently hold around 30 coronavirus patients, an increase on the 27 reported a week ago.

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A Councillor warned the NHS in Cornwall faces “meltdown” (Image: GETTY)

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Several bars and cafes in Newquay have been forced to close after staff members caught coronavirus.

Louis Gardner, mayor of Newquay, blamed the Covid spike on the surge in visitors.

He said: “We are seeing a spike in Cornwall because we’ve got the highest number of visitors we’ve ever had.

“Our accommodation is at 100 percent capacity, our hospitality venues are full, there’s no social distance in place.

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“I think all those factors all added in all together are having an effect. It’s a perfect storm.”

However, Rachel Wigglesworth, director of public health for Cornwall, told The Guardian she expects cases in Newquay to fall.

She added: “How far down they come is another matter.

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Nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases have been linked to the Boardmasters festival (Image: GETTY)

“It’s a really popular tourist area; it continues to be an attractive place for people to spend time.

“We want that to continue but doing that a bit more responsibly is welcomed.”

On Thursday another 140 deaths within 28-days of a positive Covid test were reported across the UK.

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