G7 host Cornwall sees coronavirus cases spike after sunny weekend

Coronavirus cases in the southern English region of Cornwall, which hosted last week’s G7 meeting, increased tenfold in the week leading up to the summit.

In the week ending on June 11, the day the G7 kicked off, Cornwall recorded 59.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 342 actual cases, compared with 5.6 cases per 100,000 and 32 actual cases the previous week, the i reported. There were also localized outbreaks in towns that hosted the summit, notably St. Ives, which saw a rate of 517.5 cases per 100,000, ranking among the highest in the U.K.

The sharp increase came after an influx of visitors to the area, with tourists flocking to beaches for the sunny May bank holiday and those involved in the G7 preparations arriving ahead of world leaders.

There were two potential coronavirus outbreaks at the summit, with a police officer housed on a cruise ship and guests at a hotel also hosting a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s security team testing positive.

The pandemic was a key issue in the discussions, with leaders calling for a fresh investigation into the origins of the virus and pledging to donate 870 million vaccine doses to the developing world.

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