Two popular places to stay urge visitors to stay away as cases rise
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Tourists have been urged to stay away from Cornwall and Cumbria unless they have pre-booked travel, due to a huge spike in covid cases.
The latest figures show Cornwall has 770 cases per 100,000 population, double the figure from the previous week. Health officials say the 4,700 new cases could be linked to the Boardmasters festival which was held in early August.
Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, asked visitors to help keep the area safe: “We ask people not to come unless they have booked in advance and ask them to take a test. of lateral flow before, during and after their stay so people can be safe and help us manage the current peak. “
Bell called on visitors to Cornwall to “triple their efforts as much as possible” with hands, face, spatial guidance and try to stay outside.
According to data from health agencies, Devon and Cornwall recorded 500 or more cases per 100,000 population in the seven days leading up to August 18. Just a week earlier, the figure was 300 or less per 100,000 people.
Mr Bell added: “There are concerns and most local residents will be happier in about a week, when the high season is over and demographic visits are older, because there are too many instances of overcrowding. in the honey jars.
“We have over 300 beaches and beautiful parts that can accommodate visitors.” He added that the vaccination program in the county was “at full capacity” and asked those who were to arrive to be patient with understaffed businesses and to book activities in advance.
According to statistics from Visit Cornwall, Cornwall is officially the UK’s favorite holiday destination – it has been voted number one in the British Travel Awards for the past eight consecutive years. There are around five million people who go on holiday to Cornwall each year and there are a total of between 24 and 25 million overnight stays.
A senior Cumbria health official also warned visitors to take a test before traveling to the area after they too experienced a spike in cases. Colin Cox, the region’s director of public health, told BBC Radio Cumbria: “Please come because it is a beautiful place and you will have a great time in Cumbria.
“Do a lateral flow test to make sure that when you come here you are free from the virus. We would be very grateful if you did.”
The region has seen an increase in the number of cases in the region, with Cumbria recording 228 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the most since mid-July and far higher than the 179 recorded the previous Monday. However, Colin told ITV News that tourism alone cannot explain the peak as the Southern Lakes region, which is very popular with visitors, has the lowest rate in Cumbria.
“We don’t really see a lot of the transmission that we attribute to tourism at the moment, but obviously the virus is traveling across the country with people,” Colin added.
Gill Haigh, Cumbria’s director general of tourism, told BBC Breakfast: “We have been encouraged to expect fluctuations and over the past 18 months businesses and customers have been fantastically adept at handling situations. “It is important that we all continue to be vigilant and responsible. ”
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