Coronavirus cases have surged in Cornwall in the aftermath of the G7 summit, amid claims it was a “super-spreader event”.
Infection rates in some areas of the county rocketed by up to 2,450%.
Data showed the rate of Covid-19 infections in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the Sunday before the G7 began was 2.8 per 100,000.
During the week to, and including, June 14 they leapt to 81.7 per 100,000.
In St Ives – close to the summit’s Carbis Bay base – rates jumped 2,450%.
They increased to 733.2 per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 13, when the summit ended.
In the council ward of St Ives East, Lelant & Carbis Bay, the rate rose by 800% to 294.9 per 100,000 people in the same period.
In a number of Falmouth council wards the rates are more than 500 per 100,000, with Falmouth East hit by a 2,000% spike in infections to 600 per 100,000.
Workers flooded Cornwall in the run-up to G7 to build marquees, erect security fencing and cater for staff.
But the areas are also popular with tourists who descended on the Duchy for Spring Bank half-term holidays.
People officially attending the summit were subject to a strict Covid-19 testing regime and were only allowed into secure sites after showing daily proof of a negative test.
Downing Street denied the summit fuelled an increase in local cases
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said it had always been expected that cases across the country would rise following the last easing of lockdown restrictions in England in May.
“Attendees going to the G7 were tested before arriving and throughout the summit. We are not aware of any cases of transmission to local residents,” the spokesman said.
“We always said that, following the move to step three (of the Government’s unlocking “roadmap”), we would see cases rising across the country.
“That is what we are seeing playing out.”