A COVID-19 outbreak closed a hotel where some members of the G7 delegation and media are staying in Cornwall

A view of the Pedn Olva hotel and deck overlooking the English seaside.
The Pedn Olva Hotel is seen, after it was closed due to a guest contracting coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the G7 leaders summit, in St Ives, Cornwall, Britain, June 10, 2021.

  • A COVID-19 outbreak shut down a hotel one mile from the G7 summit where world leaders are gathering.
  • The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives was hosting the German delegation’s security detail, Sky News reported.
  • Most Cornwall hotels are fully booked for the summit, which begins Friday.
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A seaside hotel one mile away from where world leaders are meeting for a Group of Seven summit in England this weekend has temporarily shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak among staff members, Reuters reported on Thursday.

The Pedn Olva hotel in St. Ives is hosting members of the security detail for Germany’s delegation, British media reported. Security staff told Sky News that they had “been told nothing” about the outbreak and might have to sleep in a tent on the beach.

Most hotels in Cornwall are fully booked ahead of the summit, which begins on Friday.

Several media crews, including CBS, were also staying at the hotel, Sky News reported.

The hotel owners confirmed in a statement to Sky News that “a number” of team members tested positive for the coronavirus and that the hotel is fully closed. The owners added they “immediately notified Public Health England” and worked closely with officials.

“We fully appreciate the inconvenience given the limited accommodation options available in the area at the moment but the safety and security of our team and guests is our upmost priority,” the statement said. “The hotel will reopen once a full COVID-19 deep clean has taken place and we have the available staff to run it.”

Sky News reported that 13 of the hotel’s approximately 17 workers have been infected.

Cornwall, the county home to St. Ives, reported nearly triple the number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday as on Wednesday, Newsweek reported. According to the BBC’s tracker, 76% of adults in the area have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 60% are fully vaccinated.

But thousands of diplomats, security, and local police were expected to descend on Cornwall for the event.

The weekend’s summit, which marks President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip since taking office, is being hosted at the Cabris Bay Hotel. Leaders from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan are scheduled to meet to discuss several global issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guinea declares first Ebola outbreak since 2016, after confirming 7 new cases linked to a funeral

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Health workers put on protective gear before entering an Ebola quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, in Eastern Sierra Leone, December 19, 2014.

  • Guinea declared an outbreak of Ebola on Sunday, the country’s first reports of the virus since 2016.
  • Three people have died, among seven confirmed cases of Ebola linked to a nurse’s funeral.
  • The Guinean health ministry says it has isolated the survivors and begun contact tracing. 
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Guinea has declared an Ebola outbreak for the first time since 2016, when a two-year outbreak in West Africa finally ended after killing more than 11,000 people.

The new outbreak, in the town of Gouécké, has already killed three – two women and a man. They were among seven people who attended a nurse’s funeral on February 1 and later came down with diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding. All seven cases have now been confirmed as Ebola virus.

The four people who are still alive have been isolated and contact tracing has begun, Guinea’s health ministry, Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (ANSS), said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Ebola can cause fever, aches, and fatigue before progressing to “wet” symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and hemorrhaging. On average, its fatality rate is about 50%. 

The virus spreads through the bodily fluids of a sick or recently deceased person. Certain body fluids, like semen, can still transmit the virus after an infected person has recovered from their illness, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected animals, like bats or primates, can transmit the virus to humans and spark new outbreaks.

“The resurgence of Ebola is very concerning for what it could do for the people, the economy, the health infrastructure,” Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an assistant professor of medicine for infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, told The Associated Press.

“We’re still understanding the repercussions of the (last) outbreak on the population,” she added.

Kuppalli was the medical director of an Ebola-treatment unit in Sierra Leone during the 2014-2016 outbreak, which began in Guinea then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 28,000 people contracted the virus during those years, according to the CDC.

This is West Africa’s first outbreak since then. The Guinean government says it is rushing to quash the resurgence, build a new Ebola treatment center, and accelerate distribution of the Ebola vaccine. 

health workers walk inside a new graveyard for Ebola victims, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Despite the drop in reported Ebola cases, Dr. Bruce Aylward, leading WHO’s Ebola response, declared Friday April 10, 2015, that it’s too early for World Health Organization to downgrade the global emergency status of the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Health workers walk inside a new graveyard for Ebola victims, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, March 11, 2015.

“The government reassures the people that all measures are being taken to curb this epidemic as quickly as possible,” the ANSS said in its Facebook post.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said on Twitter that she was “very concerned” by the new outbreak and that the WHO was also “ramping up readiness & response efforts.”

Since 2016, new Ebola outbreaks have only appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including one that was particularly deadly from the summer of 2018 to the summer of 2020. More than 2,000 people died during that resurgence.

The Congo reported another outbreak of the virus last week. It seems to be unrelated to Guinea’s new cases.

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