Young people urged to get vaccinated

Prof Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has warned of young people struggling with serious illness from Covid and urging them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. It is not correct that young people are magically immune from Covid, and some go on to develop long Covid, so it is still a very serious disease.

Speaking on LBC, Prof Finn said: “We have had people under 30 on our intensive care unit and also requiring high-level oxygen therapy”.

Let’s look at the figures locally up to 19th July, so-called ‘Freedom Day’.

In Cornwall, in the seven days to 19th July, there were 2,366 cases, a rise of 1,046 (79.2%). In Devon, there were 3,394 cases, a rise of 1,137 (50.4%).

Highest rates in our area include North Devon (574 cases), while Bude case numbers had risen to 40.

Between 18 July 2021 and 24 July 2021, there have been 4 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in Cornwall. This shows an increase of 33.3% compared to the previous 7 days. There were no deaths in North Devon Healthcare Trust though.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the coronavirus in England is now largely an infection among young adults

Estimated R number for South West

1.3 to 1.5 with a daily infection growth rate range of +6% to +8% as of 23 July 2021.

Getting tested while on holiday in Cornwall

You can still access PCR tests while you are here on holiday if you feel unwell.

If you get tested while you’re here, please provide the address where you are staying in Cornwall as well as your usual home address. It will help with track and trace locally.

If you have a Covid-19 test within seven days of arriving home, please also add the address of where you were staying in Cornwall.

If you forget to bring LFD tests with you for your trip, you can collect these while you are here.

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