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Scientists warns to be vigilant at staycation hotspots this summer

by LLB staff reporter
24th Jun 21 3:05 pm

A leading scientist has warned holidaymakers to remain vigilant whilst having staycations in popular tourist hotspots.

Professor Tim Spector of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and lead scientist on the Zoe Covid study app warned that a “sudden influx” of people taking holidays in Cornwall during half term is to be a likely factor for an increase in cases.

Professor Spector said, the data this week shows “rates in former hotspots, such as Scotland and the north west of England, continuing to plateau.”

The scientists then added, “At the same time, top UK holiday destinations like Cornwall are emerging as new areas with rapidly increasing cases.

“I think this is down to a number of factors, including the sudden influx of holidaymakers over half term, as well as the recent G7 summit and a previously unexposed local population.

“We need to remain vigilant of these UK holiday destinations as summer holidays approach, and ensure that we minimise outbreaks by following government guidelines.”

The government denied that G7 exposed the local population, but a local councilor said there has been a “tsunami” of recent cases in the wake of the summit.

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