Posted on 08/09/2020

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Caerphilly goes into lockdown after a significant rise in cases

Caerphilly in South Wales will enter a local lockdown at 6pm today following a spike in coronavirus cases. This means people will not be able to enter or leave Caerphilly County Borough Council area without a "reasonable excuse", which includes work for those unable to work from home, and compassionate visits for people who need care.

A local outbreak

A local outbreak © Hilda Weges / 123RF

It will also be mandatory to wear face masks in shops for those over the age of 11, which hadn't been the case previously.

Indoor meetings and overnights stays with others will also be banned, as well as care home visits.

There have been 133 new Covid-19 cases over the last week in Caerphilly county borough, making it the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK.

Health minister Vaughan Gething commented: "We have seen a significant rise in cases in Caerphilly borough over a very short space of time, which are linked to holiday travel abroad and people socialising indoors and not following social distancing guidelines.

"A lot of these cases are in younger people and thankfully, at the moment, most of these are mild. But coronavirus is now circulating in the community and it's only a matter of time before we start to see more serious cases, which need hospital treatment.

"We need the help of everyone in Caerphilly borough to prevent the increasing and onward spread of coronavirus. We can only bring this local outbreak under control if everyone pulls together and follows these new steps. If we do not see cases falling, we may need to take further steps to bring this local outbreak under control."

There has been a lot of testing during the weekend, with 450 people tested on Saturday and again on Sunday, and 19 people discovered with the virus on Saturday. Weekly testing for care home staff will now be introduced because of the increase in cases.