World News – GB – Three more parts of Wales locked down


Lockdown restrictions will come into effect in Cardiff and Swansea counties as well as the town of Llanelli

They will come into effect in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. BST and in the two largest towns in Wales on Sunday from 6:00 p.m.

But cases in Caerphilly, the first locked-down area, have dropped dramatically, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said

Residents of Cardiff and Swansea should not ‘treat this weekend as a final blast’, he added

He also said cases in Carmarthenshire were ‘overwhelmingly’ linked to Llanelli, with eight out of ten cases in that country

« In Llanelli we have a particular challenge around the town which is well identified, a significant spread which is not under control, » he said at a Welsh government press conference

« We have spoken to local authorities, we have spoken to the local health council and we understand the need to act and act as soon as possible

« If the same prevalence rates were in Cardiff and Swansea, infection rates would be much higher »

He described a « balanced judgment » that the rules should come into effect in Cardiff and Swansea a day later to « allow people to plan »

In the past seven days, 85 of 109 cases in Carmarthenshire have been in Llanelli where the infection rate is 1,516 per 100,000 population, compared to 577 in the wider county

Llanelli’s lockdown is the first not to cover an entire local authority area A postcode finder will be made available online to make it clear which areas are locked, M said Gething

The majority of cases in Llanelli have been linked to people socializing without social distancing

He said: « One of the things we will need to do is understand how the model evolves in these college towns once the students have been there for a while.

« Right now with a big movement of people across the UK we need to understand what this does in terms of local prevalence So I don’t think the time has come to make a final choice on what will happen. at the end of your break but that’s an obvious question for us to consider « 

People living in Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport already cannot leave their area without a reasonable excuse, according to the rules in force

According to the rules, no one can enter or leave the eight counties and one city without a « reasonable excuse »

These include going to work if they are not able to work from home, go to school, care for, and buy food or medical supplies. p>

Ministers and officials said they would review the data over the weekend before deciding whether restrictions should be extended to Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen, he added

Meetings will also be held next week with the leaders of the North Wales councils, where Mr. Gething said the situation was « more mixed »

Leader Emlyn Dole said: « It is worrying how the number of positive cases has increased in the Llanelli area, and steps had to be taken to help stop the spread and break the chain of infections concentrated in this region to avoid an entire county lockdown

« We all need to do the right thing, take the advice and protect each other In parts of Llanelli we ask people and businesses to make even more sacrifices – we fully appreciate the impact that it will have, but there is no other way We have to stop the spread « 

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World News – UK – Three more parts of Wales to be locked down


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