In May of this year, 2021, Cornwall had one of the lowest rates of Covid infection in the country, as it had done since Johnson and Cummings allowed the pandemic to strike with such deadly force in February and March of 2020. The infection rate in Cornwall on the 6 June 2021 was 2.8 per 100,000 people.
But the Man in No.10 had thought of a bright wheeze.
"We are hosting the G7 summit this year - let's run the show in Cornwall, right down at the bottom where it will be more difficult for the demonstrators to get to and where it will be easier to control them. Yes, that Carbis Bay Hotel will be an ideal site - marvellous photo opportunities for Carrie and yours truly!"
Even before the event, during the build-up, Cornwall's infection rate had risen to 81.7 per 100,00, compared to the UK average at the time of 77.4 per 100,00.
By the time the G7 was over and they had all gone home, the Covid rates of infection were now up 5,000 per cent compared to the weekend before the G7 show. Since all this infection was happening in our own backyard, so to speak, I do remember thinking 'Why on earth did you not do this show on Zoom?!?' The rate of infection in St Ives now stood at 905.7 per 100,000 people, compared to the UK average of 93.7 per 100,00.
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