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Second wave horror: UK on alert as new coronavirus outbreak erupts at caravan park

The Craven Arms, Shropshire, has seen 21 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. Shropshire Council swiftly ordered the residents to self-isolate with their households for 14 days. As of July 27, the UK has seen 301,020 COVID-19 cases as well as 45,837 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A testing centre has been set up near the afflicted caravan park, with everyone on-site offered a test.

The new centres will be open for the next two weeks, between 10:30am and 3:30pm.

Testing is by appointment only, and can be booked through the NHS Test and Trace app online, or by ringing 119.

Shropshire Council has also closed a playground close to the caravan park to reduce contact and risk of infection.

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A Shropshire caravan park has seen 21 new cases of coronavirus (Image: PA)

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Shropshire council has urged residents to self-isolate for 14 days (Image: PA)

But despite the swift quarantine and testing set up, the council fears that the number of cases will continue to rise before virus control measures can take effect.

The rise in cases has been linked to an outbreak in nearby Welshpool, as well as a recent local event.

So far 41 people have been tested at the caravan park, and contact tracing is being undertaken at the site.

The number of cases is expected to rise in the next few days due to a lag in reporting data.

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Councillor David Evans thanked residents for their “ongoing support and cooperation” with the local quarantine.

He added: “I’ve been in Craven Arms to talk to residents and businesses to answer any questions and reassure them that the risk to the general public is low.

“We continue to rely on everyone at the site playing their part, and want to encourage the residents to continue to self-isolate and take all the necessary precautions.

“This is the only way we can help stop the spread of the virus.”


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that councils have the power to introduce lockdown measures on July 17.

Mr Johnson said that new measures for local councils will mean “lightning lockdowns” can be introduced to curb infections faster.

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Council’s powers to introduce lockdown measures followed a huge spike in cases in Leicester.

The Shropshire surge also followed Luton’s mayor apologising for breaking lockdown rules after the town has seen a rise in cases.

Mayor Tahir Malik was pictured at an outdoor gathering with 11 other men, double to number permitted under coronavirus laws.

Luton has been placed on the Government’s “area of intervention” list due to its rise in cases.

A statement from the mayor said: “We apologise unreservedly to the people of Luton for our breach of the lockdown rules.”

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