World News – GB – Llanelli placed in local lockdown after large spike in virus cases


Health Minister Vaughan Gething said eight out of ten cases in Carmarthenshire were in Llanelli

A local lockdown is put in place in Llanelli after a recent spike in coronavirus cases

Much of Llanelli will be classified as a “health protection area” and this area will be subject to new, more stringent restrictions, similar to those currently in place in Rhondda Cynon Taf and other areas

The new restrictions will be in place from 6 p.m. Saturday and will affect 13 council quarters The areas subject to the new restrictions are: Bigyn, Bynea, Dafen, Elli ward, Felinfoel, Glanymor, Hendy, Hengoed, Llanegennech, Lliedi, Llwynhendy, Tyisha and Swiss Valley

Speaking on Friday, Vaughan Gething said eight in ten positive cases in Carmarthenshire were linked to Llanelli, and that a majority of them « were attributed to people socializing without social distancing »

He said: « With coronavirus cases increasing rapidly, we have decided to introduce local restrictions in Llanelli »

The announcement follows speculation earlier this week that Llanelli may be the subject of the Welsh town’s first lockdown after health bosses and local council expressed concern over the area

On Wednesday Dr Quentin Sandifer, medical director of Public Health Wales, said there was a « high level of concern » over Llanelli and that they were paying « special attention » to the town He also confirmed that it was possible for the town to be subject to a ‘sub-county’ lockdown, unlike county-wide restrictions seen elsewhere in Wales

« Looking at the situation in Carmarthenshire, we see quite significant variation within this region of the county, with the most worrying numbers in the Llanelli region, » said Dr Sandifer

« This is where we pay special attention to Carmarthenshire So we can come down to a sub-county, to a local level in terms of considerations, and that’s what we’re actively doing »

According to coronavirus data released by Public Health Wales on Thursday, Carmarthenshire County had a rate of 471 confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 population, based on the seven days leading up to Wednesday afternoon – a level that is steadily rising for several days

To put that in context, this is a higher rate than the one seen in Newport when it was put into lockdown on Monday

In the above-mentioned seven-day period, Carmarthenshire saw 89 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, after 1751 tests were performed

However, the figure is believed to be skewed by a high number of cases in the Llanelli region

Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Blaenau Gwent have all already been placed in local lockdowns

Rhondda Cynon Taf currently has an infection rate of 1,235 cases per 100,000, while Blaenau Gwent has an infection rate of 136

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