If the Government continues to refuse to make the G7 risk dossier public and it harms trust.
What were the conclusions of the Government’s risk assessment for the G7 summit in Cornwall? That’s the question many on the South West Peninsular are asking, but Downing Street is refusing to tell.
Of course, the modelling may have told Boris Johnson that the meeting of global leaders would not impact Covid rates around towns like St Ives and Falmouth, and that provided the green light he needed to push ahead.
However, post-G7 Cornwall now holds the unenviable title of having the fastest rising rates of any county in the UK. In St Ives and Falmouth, where the G7 events and delegates were based, residents are facing increases in infections of more than 4,000 per cent since the weekend before the summit took place.
For Cornwall Council’s political and public health officials to blame this incredible surge in infections on the half term holidays, students and the more transmissible Delta variant is, let’s be honest, looking more and more ludicrous by the day.
You only have to look at other popular UK holiday destinations – such as those in Devon, Dorset, Norfolk, and Blackpool in the Covid hit north even – to see that. None has suffered a rise in infections even close to that of St Ives and Falmouth.
All these places opened up to tourism on 17 May, as Cornwall did. All had very busy half terms. What they did not have was around 20,000 international visitors descend upon them on top of the thousands of staycationers.
The longer the Government refuses to make the findings of its risk assessment for G7 public, the more likely it is the locals will believe the Prime Minister cares less for their health than he does playing host to the likes of President Biden.
(Story source: Inews)