Second home owners on Anglesey ‘brought virus with them’ – Times
Analysis of an app which tracks symptoms of coronavirus has suggested that areas with a high number of second homes, including Anglesey, have become hotspots for the virus.
The Times newspaper found that areas with a high percentage of holiday homes, including the Lake District, Anglesey and the Cotswolds, had above-average rates of the coronavirus infection.
“Britons who fled to their second homes at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic appear to have taken the virus with them,” the Times said.
The virus prevalence data had been collected by the Covid Symptom Tracker app, which allows contributors to track their health.
Between 5% and 6% of people on Anglesey are now infected, according to the app. There are 2,112 second homes in Anglesey, about 7% of residences.
Professor Tim Spector, the lead researcher for the app, told the Times newspaper: “It looks like the coasts are more infected than the inner parts of the UK down in Cornwall and Devon — that may be the Londoners’ second home part.”
The app was developed by a team at King’s College London in association with the start-up Zoe Global, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s chief medical officer has apologised after she ignored her own advice and visited her second home.
Dr Catherine Calderwood said her reasons for visiting the house in Fife were “not legitimate” and she is “truly sorry for not following advice she gave to others”.
Despite facing calls from politicians to stand down, Scotland’s top doctor said she has spoken to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and will “continue to focus entirely” on her job of advising ministers over the outbreak.
Photos of Dr Calderwood and her family near a coastal retreat in Earlsferry were published in The Scottish Sun late on Saturday.