Coronavirus: Caerphilly locked down after COVID-19 rise linked to holidays abroad
People in and around Caerphilly will not be able to leave the area after a rise in coronavirus cases, Wales’ health minister has said.
The new COVID-19 lockdown will begin at 6pm on Tuesday.
The new rules are:
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse
- Everyone aged over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in shops – the first time this will be mandatory in Wales
- Meetings with other people indoors and extended households will not be allowed
- People will only be allowed to meet others outdoors, with indoor meetings and gatherings restricted
- Overnight stays will also be banned
- The new measures will be enforced by the local authority and police
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “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.”
Some 133 new cases have been confirmed in the past week – a rate of 55.4 cases per 100,000 population, which is the highest in Wales and one of the highest in the UK.
Scotland’s first minister said the “regrettable but necessary” action meant a ban on indoor visits in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire would continue for another week – and be extended to Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire.
Nicola Sturgeon said that it was “in these gatherings, rather than pubs, that older and more vulnerable people may be at greater risk of infection”.
Announcing the move on Twitter, she said: “If you live in Glasgow City, E or W Dunbartonshire, E Renfrewshire or Renfrewshire council areas, please don’t have others visit you at home and don’t visit other households in any part of Scotland.
“If we comply with this, hopefully further restrictions can be avoided.
“Cases are rising across the UK, and while we are not yet seeing a significant rise in hospital cases and deaths, this may just be a matter of time.
“We must work hard to keep COVID under control.”