Warning to all those going on holiday to Brighton, Bournemouth, Devon and Cornwall

Covid cases are on the rise in a range of UK holiday destinations – expert says.

An expert has warned that the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise in Brighton, Bournemouth and Cornwall, as well as in Devon.

The title of the latest research from the ZOE Covid Symptom Study shows that the Delta variant has spread to the south of the country.

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Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist on the study, King’s College London, warned: “With the summer holidays approaching, we need to be extra vigilant and avoid unnecessary risks.”

At the time of writing, Brighton and Hove have a rate of 211 cases per 100,000 people – with Bournemouth at 147, Devon at 105 and Cornwall at 161 per 100,000.

The warning has emerged as British families plan to take advantage of travel and holiday vacations this year – due to uncertainty surrounding the Green List, Amber List and Red List.

Which? Travel Editor-in-Chief Rory Boland said: “It won’t be surprising that accommodation prices are cheaper for the October semester than the summer school holidays, but the price difference is likely more important than most people realize.

“For families who have been forced out of vacations this summer due to exorbitant costs, this means there is still a chance to get by, with Which? Research finding good availability even in the most popular areas from the United Kingdom.”

Hyndburn in Lancashire continues to have the highest rate, with 474 new cases in the seven days to June 26 – the equivalent of 584.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is an increase of 464.0 in seven days to June 19.

Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire has the second highest rate, down slightly from 519.1 to 503.0, with 753 new cases.

Rossendale, also in Lancashire, has the third highest rate, dropping from 333.0 to 489.6, with 350 new cases.

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