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Nightmare for Cornwall

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MawBe Thu 10-Jun-21 08:24:59

As if the losses to the hospitality industry weren’t enough to cope with and lockdown has meant “staycations” if you are lucky enough to get a break at all, pity the poor residents of this corner of Cornwall.
A “ring of steel” has been thrown around Cornwall for the G7 summit, with the Royal Navy watching for threats from the air, including drones, as 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs attempt to protect world leaders.
With the three-day meeting in Carbis Bay starting tomorrow, Devon and Cornwall Police have called in wide-ranging support from the Ministry of Defence.
Naval vessels, aircraft, sniffer dogs, logistics support facilities and bomb disposal teams will all be on standby.
My neighbour (and friend’s) son has been sent down for the duration as he is in charge of the Paramedic/Ambulance services and is not looking forward to it one bit.
They’ll be ready for a holiday when it is over.

Ellianne Sun 20-Jun-21 09:35:50

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - 70 (up from 19)
Plymouth - 98 (up from 66)
Exeter - 88 (up from 33)
Mid Devon - 21 (up from 15)
East Devon - 27 (up from 12)
Torbay - 25 (up from 12)
Teignbridge - 41 (up from 14)
South Hams - 19 (up from 10)
West Devon - 13 (up from 6)
North Devon - 26 (up from 10)
Torridge - 21 (up from 3)

JenniferEccles Sun 20-Jun-21 09:56:16

But what is the answer?
If visitors stayed away then even more businesses in the south west would fold.
It’s been stated so many times that Cornwall is one of the poorest counties in the country, relying heavily on the tourist industry for its survival.

A rise in cases in itself is not necessarily worrying as it is younger people who generally don’t need to be hospitalised.

Greeneyedgirl Sun 20-Jun-21 09:58:41

I read that the Public Health Consultant in Cornwall, Dr Goldstein said that this current outbreak initially started as a cluster at the Penryn Campus. Of course because it is more contagious than last year’s variants, it is more readily spread in hospitality venues, unlike last year when the influx of tourists didn’t have a great impact.

dragonfly46 Sun 20-Jun-21 10:13:57

I have just read this so we must be careful about making assumptions.

dragonfly46 Sun 20-Jun-21 10:14:58

That should have been be careful and do not make assumptions.

Ellianne Sun 20-Jun-21 10:19:22

dragonfly is correct, too many assumptions. Though I can understand MawBe's concern as certainly at the time she started the thread the G7 was getting blamed for pretty much anything and everything!

Ashcombe Sun 20-Jun-21 12:12:00

Although holidaymakers would be responsible for some of these new cases, it's interesting to note where the spikes in case nos. have occurred:-

Cases per one hundred thousand as of yesterday morning:
Falmouth 600
St Ives 733.2
Newquay 227.6

Other popular tourist destinations:
Padstow below 3
Bude below 3
Looe below 3
Perranporth below 3
Penzance below 3
The Lizard (all) 31.2

If it were predominantly tourism causing the increase, rather than the G7, wouldn't you expect tourist areas that hadn't been involved in the G7 to show similar numbers to those that were?

Whatever the reason for the increased number of cases, this is bad news for the tourist industry there as some businesses in the hospitality field have had to cancel bookings due to staff shortages, caused by people being ill or self isolating. Many in those posts were in the (at the time) unvaccinated age groups.

Poor Cornwall.

Ellianne Sun 20-Jun-21 13:05:42

Maybe Ashcombe because the towns like Newquay, Falmouth, St.Ives have more than double the population of the likes of Padstow in the first place? And have far more tourist accommodation. It's the sheer quantity that spreads the virus

Ashcombe Sun 20-Jun-21 13:29:30

These aren’t just totals but the number per 100,000.

Atqui Sun 20-Jun-21 18:19:40

Surely with thousands of additional police being housed on a cruise ship for three G7 cases were bound to increase,especially as the younger staff weren’t vaccinated

varian Sun 20-Jun-21 18:27:23

A “ring of steel” has been thrown around Cornwall for the G7 summit, with the Royal Navy watching for threats from the air, including drones, as 11,000 police officers and 150 sniffer dogs attempt to protect world leaders.

Who organised this "ring of steel"? Was it Matt Hancock?

Atqui Tue 22-Jun-21 21:37:47

Covid rates in Cornwall have risen above the England average for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

love0c Thu 24-Jun-21 09:11:00

I think rates will rise pretty much everywhere. People are moving around now obviously. the government tell us it is the younger generation now being infected. But we must also remember that even though a person is vaccinated they can still catch covid and pass it on. So in reality we could all be guilty. We have to live with it like so many other diseases.