Covid update as Police Commissioner urges people not to visit their second homes

It’s rather sad that peering at an interactive Covid map has become as much a part of my daily routine as walking the dog!

So, now we are up to the 7 days ending on December 31st.

Meanwhile, today, 6th January, hospitals in the UK now have over 30,000 Covid patients , for the first time during the pandemic. Some patients are being moved around the UK to find beds. In the outside world, police are beginning strict lockdown enforcement.

So a figure update, where there have been rises:

  • Bude (from Flexbury out to Bush) 14 cases
  • Launceston had 34 cases
  • Cornwall overall 1730 cases
  • Devon overall 1262 cases
  • Torridge 75 cases

Alison Hernandez

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez pleaded on her blog for celebrities not to travel to this area.

In Devon and Cornwall, there have previously been reports of people travelling to the area to visit second homes.

Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “We know Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are absolutely beautiful and it’s totally understandable that people would want to spend time here – our thriving tourism industry is evidence of that.

“However, at a time when stopping the spread of this terrible virus is more important than ever, I must urge people not to make unnecessary journeys to the region.

“This new strain of Covid-19 is spreading much faster and we must do everything we can to protect our residents and the NHS.

“I would particularly like to appeal to celebrities and high-profile social media stars.  By not conducting unnecessary trips to the region you will be setting a fantastic example to the wider public and, in doing so, encouraging more people to stick to the rules.

“I would urge you to lead by example and together we will come through this.

“There will, of course, come a time when Devon and Cornwall can welcome back visitors with open arms, and while that time isn’t now, I would urge you all to #ComeBackLater.”



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