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Summer holidays: Britons asked to take Covid tests before visiting tourist hot spots like Newquay for stays

Holidaymakers visiting parts of the UK are advised to take Covid side-flow trips before setting out on the trip.

The director of public health urged people traveling to the northwest region to make sure they are negative for the virus.

Cumbria, which receives many tourists visiting the Lake District each year, is among the areas that have seen an increase in infections.

Many other parts of the UK have also seen an increase in the number of visitors to popular hot spots such as the Highlands in Scotland.

But the vacation spot with the worst rates of Covid infections is in the south of England.

Newquay in Cornwall, where the popular Boardmasters festival took place August 11-15, is now England’s worst place for Covid infections.

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Kynance Cave is a small sheltered bay in Cornwall

During the July (2021) heatwave, Visit Cornwall asked restaurateurs to take Covid tests before going.

Cornwall council also urged tourists to socially distance themselves and wear masks if businesses demanded.

Speaking at the time, Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said:

“We are happy that so many people want to come and spend time in our beautiful county, but we ask that you be respectful and help us keep the virus under control.

A worker tests a sample on February 22, 2021 in Portsmouth, England.  NHS Test and Trace provided Portsmouth City Council with lateral flow testing, as part of a new pilot project to allow local public health officials to start testing eligible critical workers not covered by other programs rapid community testing.
While lateral flow tests (pictured) are faster and cheaper, extensive PCR tests will give more confidence that large-scale events are safe, according to immunologist

“Please enjoy your vacation and create wonderful memories here as it is a special place – but remember our local communities will have to live with the consequences if the number of cases increases.”

With cases now on the rise, Cornwall council said 4,700 cases could be linked to the Boardmasters surf and music festival which took place on August 11 and 15.

Cornwall live reported that several parents took to social media to report that their children had returned from Boardmasters and tested positive for the coronavirus after taking lateral flow tests.

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However, Newquay still had one of England’s highest Covid infection rates ahead of the Boardmasters festival according to Cornwall Live.

Between August 5 and 11, the seaside resort recorded 182 new positive tests for the coronavirus.

With the traffic light travel system still in place, staycations may remain a popular choice for vacationers.

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