Cornwall has the highest Covid rate in the UK with Newquay among the worst affected places

Cornwall has the highest rate of coronavirus infection of any local authority in England.

According to the latest figures from Public Health England, Cornwall now has six of the eight best areas for infection rates anywhere in the country with 769.7 cases per 100,000 people.

The high rates come just two weeks after the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay. approx 5,000 cases of coronavirus have been linked to this festival so far.

About 50,000 people attended the festival but Parts of Newquay were already among the places in England hardest hit by Covid cases.


Covid rates across Cornwall in cases per 100,000

  • Newquay East – 2,147.3

  • West Newquay – 1648

  • Minor and Porth – 1536

  • St Ives and Halstown – 1164

  • Southern and Central Truro – 1,083

  • Perranporth & Goonhavern – 1,061


Figures relating to the period between August 13 and August 19.

Professor Mike Wade, deputy regional director for PHE, said the 15-24 age group in the southwest has 1,700 cases per 100,000 – the highest of any other region in the country.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday 25 August, Professor Wade said the increased case numbers were not surprising due to more large gatherings taking place now that restrictions have been halted.

“We will see more events on a large scale and I think there are festivals going on this weekend,” he said.

Boardmasters Festival of Music and Surfing, in Cornwall, August. attributed to him: Media PA

“We know that when more people mingle, there are more chances of the virus spreading

“If you are not vaccinated, the two doses are absolutely basic and will provide strong protection against severe disease related to Covid-19.”

People were also asked to consider wearing a face covering indoors and on public transportation.

“We all have a role to play in lowering the rate, and this is especially important as September enters for our young children to go back to school, college and university,” he said.

Visiting Cornwall Tourism Board issued a statement after releasing the latest figures, with CEO Malcolm Bell telling visitors to the PA agency to “redouble their efforts as much as possible” with hands, face and space and try to stay outdoors.

The Corniche Tourism Board urged people not to visit unless they booked in advance and did a lateral flow test prior to arrival.

Cornwall tourism chiefs warn of coronavirus spike after Boardmasters Festival.

“We are asking people not to come unless they book in advance and we are asking them to do a lateral flow test before, during and after their stay so that (people) are safe and help us manage the current surge,” Mr. Bell said.

“There is concern and most locals will be much happier in a week or so, when high season is over and older demographic visits since there is a lot of overcrowding in honey pots.

“We are asking visitors to consider visiting other parts of Cornwall.”


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