The Welsh government announce this morning further lockdowns in South Wales
Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil will be placed under a local lockdown following an increase of coronavirus cases, the Welsh Government has announced this morning.
Health minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a ‘worrying and rapid rise’ in cases of Covid-19 in the four areas of South Wales.
Under the lockdown regulations, which come into force at 6pm tomorrow, residents of the regions must not enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse.
Residents are unable to meet members of their extended household indoors.
All pubs and licensed premises will have to close at 11pm.
The latest regulations in South Wales come after a Merthyr Tydfil Councillor announced:
“People have “lost their discipline”,
COVID-19 Rates in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, have overtaken neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf, over the past week, which was placed in a local lockdown on Thursday.
There were 96 cases per 100,000 residents in Merthyr over the past week, while it now stands at 89 in RCT.
Merthyr Tydfil council leader Kevin O’Neill said “people in the area should think about others”.
“I’m concerned, because it’s important people still understand we are in a pandemic.”
Me O’Neill further stated “There are certain guiding principles for me, and they are social distancing, wearing a mask, and hand washing – and people have lost their discipline with that.”
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