September 17, 2021

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Cornwall, inundated with music fans and holidaymakers as many turn their back on trips abroad, is bearing the brunt of a surge in coronavirus infections in the UK.

Cases have more than doubled from a week ago, while the region has twice the UK average: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly reported 808 cases per 100,000 people in the week to August 21, the latest government data show, compared with the UK average of 344. The southwestern county recorded 4,650 people with Covid-19, up 109.4 per cent on the previous week.

Hotspots within this hotspot include St Ives and Halsetown, where 1,121 people per 100,000 are estimated to be infected. In Newquay East, a popular surfing destination, the figure has risen to 2,237 per 100,000.

In Towednack, Lelant and Carbis Bay, where G7 leaders and the world’s media gathered in June, 622 people per…

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