Mystery surrounds huge new Covid spike in sleepy picture-postcard village

The latest national lockdown seems to have brought the coronavirus pandemic under control, with numbers of new cases plummeting across the UK.

But one tiny picture-postcard village in Yorkshire is bucking the trend, with a huge 440% week-on-week rise in cases that’s baffling locals.

South Cave is a sleepy village of some 5,000 people situated just over a dozen miles from Hull.

The area is just one of two in East Yorkshire where new infection rates were above 400.

Locals say they’ve been sticking to the rules and they can’t understand why infection numbers are exploding in the area.

South Cave resident Richard Holtby described the new figures as 'totally weird'

Another local, speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, said she couldn’t understand why the numbers were so bad: ”I honestly can't imagine why and I'm really surprised at that.”

"I'm gobsmacked if I'm honest because I'd never have guessed that. Just looking around, I know it's a really cold day, there's barely anyone about.

"There's nowhere to really go to spread it so the only thing I can think of is people around here maybe feel they're safe enough to be inside, going into people's houses maybe."

"It's strange. It's a real surprise," she added. "I'm walking the dog all the time and you don't even hear music from someones house. You don't see a soul really.

"You're not thinking 'oh, there's a few people in that house or there's a few people in the pub' or anything like that. It's just really quiet."

Another South Cave resident, Louise Ainsworth, couldn’t believe the shocking figures either: ”I'm shocked to hear that stat. It doesn't seem to make any sort of logical sense," Louise said as she considered reasons for the spike.

She continued: "I haven't noticed in the shops or anything people not wearing masks. People are quite good with that. The only thing I can think of is, it is a popular place to come walking.

"We walk every day, multiple times a day, and on a Saturday and Sunday the streets are packed and there's lots of groups of people coming together so I don't know if people are just getting a bit more lax.

"It's not like there's a large industry here, a large farm. Maybe it's just one of those things."

One possible explanation is that the official statistics could be skewed by an outbreak in HMP Humber, a category C prison, which is located nearby. The building straddles the boundary between South Cave and North Cave, however it is unclear which reporting area it falls into.

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