Newquay & St Columb local news

Covid-19: Newquay is now seven times more dangerous than England, as County Hall prepares “stay safe” publicity blitz

By Anne North Several parts of Cornwall are now recording Covid rates in excess of 1,000 per 100,000 population – all of them popular tourist hotspots.  There are currently...

The new Covid map of England: Cancellation of Bristol Pride festival poses more questions for Cornwall, as different local councils descend into “two tiers” of public health protection

By Julia Penhaligon Newquay is preparing to host the 2021 Cornwall Pride festival tomorrow (Friday) despite the cancellation of a similar event in Bristol. The Newquay festival is going...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s infection rate has trebled since “Freedom Day” only one month ago

By Anne North Cornwall’s Covid infection rate saw another huge increase yesterday (Wednesday) and now stands at 771.3 per 100,000 population, the highest in mainland Britain.  The average for...

Despite Covid concerns, Newquay gets ready for Cornwall Pride event this weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The 2021 Cornwall Pride event is due to take place in Newquay this weekend, drawing thousands to celebrate diversity and in particular the LGBT community. With...

Battery-powered aircraft flies in to Newquay in quest for “green” aviation

By Peter Tremayne Pioneering, experimental short-haul flights using a battery-powered aircraft have started between Newquay and Exeter. Ampaire uses a hybrid electric aircraft as part of a series of...

Covid-19 after Boardmasters: Will Cornwall Council now insist on the “best practice” NHS Covid Events Pass before granting further festival licences?

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s belated admission that its decision to grant a licence for the Boardmasters festival at Newquay has caused an extra 5,000 Covid cases raises questions...

Covid-19: Why scientists think Cornwall’s Boardmasters might be about to change the rules for large outdoor festivals

By Anne North Public health experts across Britain are studying the Covid-19 impacts of the Newquay Boardmasters festival and drawing lessons which look likely to change the rules for...

Covid-19: Boardmasters was indeed the “super-spreader” that many had feared it would be

By Anne North Evidence is growing from around Britain that the Newquay Boardmasters festival was indeed the Covid-19 “superspreader” event that many had feared it would be. Barely a...

Covid-19: Another record one-day increase in Cornwall’s new cases, as Cornwall Council warns of imminent “Boardmasters effect” on the data

By Anne North There has been another huge rise in Covid cases in Cornwall – 953 new infections in only 24 hours. This beats the previous single-day record of...

Covid-19: One person in 20 in Cornwall has now been infected

By Anne North The latest Covid infection rate reported in Newquay is now 1,174 cases per 100,000 population – with health chiefs bracing themselves for the impact of the...

Cornwall’s MPs strike different tones in debate about Afghanistan disaster

By Julia Penhaligon Only one of Cornwall’s six MPs spoke in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) emergency debate about Afghanistan.  Newquay and St Austell’s Steve Double was concerned that a “resettlement scheme”...

Covid-19: Newquay is now Britain’s most infected town

Cornwall’s latest Covid cluster map shows the dramatic contrast between coastal tourist hotspots such as Newquay (1,123.8 cases per 100,000 population) and inland market towns such as Liskeard (85.4). ...

Boardmasters revellers return home to discover they caught Covid in Cornwall

By Anne North Young people who attended the Boardmasters festival at Newquay are reporting Covid symptoms, just days after returning home.  There had been fears before the event that...

Boardmasters revellers go home, leaving someone else to clear up the mess

Part of the Boardmasters festival site, Newquay, after the revellers had gone.  Festival organisers say the mess will be cleared as quickly as possible.

Covid-19: Cornwall Council confident the emergency mortuary space at Newquay Airport will not be needed

By Anne North Cornwall Council is confident that the continuing high rates of Covid infection are unlikely to lead to the sorts of mass burials which had been feared...

Covid-19: Tourist hotspots remain badly affected but overall number of new cases holds steady

Cornwall’s Covid cluster map for today (Tuesday) continues to show the disease spreading from tourist hotspots like Newquay and Falmouth.  St Ives, Padstow and Looe are also now badly...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s new case numbers continue to rise

Cornwall’s Covid numbers continue to rise: Newquay is again the worst affected, with 1,053.6 cases per 100,000 population.  This number does not yet reflect the impact of the Boardmasters...

Covid vaccinations offered to Boardmasters revellers

By Anne North Health chiefs are urging Boardmasters festival-goers to get vaccinated against Covid before they leave the site tomorrow (Monday.) Anyone aged 16 years or older who attended...

Covid-19: Penryn displaces Newquay as Cornwall’s worst affected area, as new cases increase 53% in two weeks

Cornwall’s Covid infection rate is accelerating, having increased 53% in two weeks, and is now 375.3 cases per 100,000 population.  Devon’s figure is 357.6.  The average for England is...

Covid-19: Cornwall now more infected than Devon, as virus spreads to areas neighbouring Newquay

Cornwall’s Covid case numbers have risen again and are now higher than Devon.  The latest statistics are 357.2 new daily cases per 100,000 population.  Devon is on 352 and...