Cornwall sees more pubs and restaurants close due to positive COVID tests

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The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives, Cornwall where a coronavirus outbreak has taken place and has completely closed, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.
The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives, Cornwall where a coronavirus outbreak has taken place and has completely closed, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. (PA)

More pubs and restaurants in Cornwall have announced they are closing after an increasing number of COVID tests are coming back positive while the G7 summit is hosted nearby. 

The Boo Koos in Falmouth announced on Saturday they were closing because of a positive test in their establishment. 

The restaurant posted on Facebook: “We are actively working on isolating this case and testing those that may have come in contact so that we can establish a reopening date.”

Muddy Beach restaurant in Penryn also shut its doors on Saturday due to a staff member testing positive.

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The restaurant wrote on Facebook: “All staff working the past two days are also being tested and isolating.”

The Shipwrights Arms in Helford announced it was shutting on Saturday due to a positive lateral flow test.

The Front in Falmouth also closed on Friday and the Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives closed on Thursday - both because of coronavirus outbreaks. 

Earlier this week, someone also tested positive onboard the ship, Silja Europa, where around 1,000 police officers are staying during the G7 summit. 

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Cases in the county have been rising in the last week as the summit takes place in Carbis Bay, near St Ives. 

World leaders, delegations and security teams have flown in from around the world for the event. 

Journalists from international media outlets are also in Cornwall to cover the summit, staying 27 miles away from Carbis Bay in Falmouth since Friday. 

Cases in Cornwall have seen a small spike in the last few days, according to the latest government figures.

They had dropped to 22 by Monday but since then cases have increased, peaking at 86 on Wednesday.  

Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling average case rate has jumped from 3.3. Cases per 100,000 people to 12.4 as of Monday. 

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The latest figures show there were 69 positive cases of coronavirus recorded in the previous 24 hours as of June 12th. 

Cornwall Council released a statement to media outlets this week saying it is supporting venues where there have been outbreaks. 

It said: “We are aware of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at a small number of hospitality venues in Falmouth. All positive cases are self-isolating and contacts are being identified and given appropriate advice.

"The venues are working closely with Cornwall Council’s Public Health team and Public Health England (PHE) South West to help prevent further transmission. No venues have been asked to close.

"While Covid-19 cases remain relatively low in Cornwall, we are now seeing a sharp rise in case numbers which reflects the national picture over the past fortnight."

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