Alex Williams, 26, Falmouth resident

Glen Freestone, 56, Falmouth gallery receptionist

As the temperature falls the COVID cases rise. Just like this time last year, there has been a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, but with almost 80 percent of the population having been fully vaccinated is there a reason to be worried.

 

The southwest part of the country has been one of the most affected ones, with most parts of Cornwall County having a rate of above 500 cases per 100,000 people. During the last seven days, the County has registered 2,985 positive cases and 7 deaths.

 

This week the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) declared an accommodation related incident, it reported that there were up to 100 people waiting to be seen in the emergency department, with 25 ambulances waiting outside, with NHS in Cornwall, RCHT medical director, Dr. Allister Grant appealing for families to free up beds due to the shortage problem.

 

In the quaint town of Falmouth, the case rate has shot up to 598.1 out of 100,000 people in the past seven days, far more than the U.K average of 454.5 which has caused concern amongst residents.

 

When asked about the current Covid-19 measures most residents feel like these might be too relaxed.

 

Jamie Ward, 20-year-old University student: “I think that the mask mandate should be brought back, it’s a small measure which is easy to put in place and to follow, that can and has shown results.”

 

Glen Freestone, 56, said: “I would hate to see another lockdown period, but I believe that if the cases keep rising, the main safety measures should be brought back.”

 

Mrs. Burdette, 87: “I think we should be obliged to wear masks, it should be law.”

 

Locals were also questioned on the lack of Cornwall’s Health Infrastructures relating to the most recent Royal Cornwall Hospital incident.

 

Alex Williams, 26: “The Council could build another hospital, there’s only one proper emergency center and a lot of cow fields around.”

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson also reacted to the recent leap in cases by telling the BBC: “The number of infections is high, but we are within the parameters, we are going to stick with our plan because this time there is certainly no shortage of supply.

The COVID-19 cases are rising day by day, and with winter just around the corner, people have started to worry about what is to come, leaving Councils and medical authorities with a whole new job on their hands.