UK beaches issue coronavirus ‘red alerts’ after overcrowding at popular seaside resorts | UK | News
Despite pleas from local authorities to stay away amid the coronavirus pandemic, tourists have descended on popular beaches in Dorset.
Due to this, officials in Bournemouth have declared a red alert, meaning social distancing is now not possible.
With temperatures soaring across the UK, pictures have shown large numbers of people heading to popular destinations such as Weymouth, Bournemouth and West-super-Mare.
Authorities in Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole have already issued several warnings asking the public to stay a safe distance apart.
With such high numbers of people in the area, there is serious concern the coronavirus transmission rate may now increase.
The transmission or R-rate determines the number of second hand infections in the country.
It has been used by health officials to trace how successful the UK has been in dealing with the virus.
Previously, UK health officials had warned the number must not go above one.
Last week, the R-rate rose to an estimated range between 0.8-1, up from last week’s range of between 0.8-0.9.
The southwest in particular now has a range of 0.8-1.1 although officials have insisted it does have a low case rate.
Therefore, the numbers vary so the estimates aren’t completely accurate.