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Coronavirus cases in the southern Cornwall region of England, which hosted the G7 meeting last week, increased tenfold in the week leading up to the summit.
In the week that ended June 11, the day the G7 started, Cornwall recorded 59.8 cases per 100,000 population and 342 actual cases, compared with 5.6 cases per 100,000 and 32 actual cases the previous week. There have also been localized outbreaks in cities where the summit took place, particularly St Ives, with a rate of 517.5 cases per 100,000, which was among the highest in the UK
The surge came after an influx of visitors to the area, with tourists flocking to the beaches for the sunny May Day holiday and those involved in G7 preparations arriving before the world leaders.
There were two potential coronavirus outbreaks at the summit, where a police officer was housed on a cruise ship and guests at a hotel that also housed a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s security team tested positive.
The pandemic was a central theme in the discussions, with leaders calling for a fresh investigation into the origins of the virus and pledging to donate 870 million doses of vaccine to developing countries.