The peak of coronavirus cases in Merthyr Tydfil which was blamed on young people and not on social distancing

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A spike in coronavirus cases in Merthyr Tydfil prompted young people to remember the importance of social distancing, quarantine and isolation. A total of 13 Covid-19 cases have been identified, all centered around Merthyr Tydfil, with a small number spread across the region.

The cases have been linked to social gatherings and it appears that the first cases identified were contracted overseas.

Public Health Wales calls on people to remember social distancing and quarantine rules when returning from certain countries and self-isolate if they show symptoms of coronavirus – or to do as advised by NHS Track and Trace .

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Public Health Wales work in partnership with boards of health and local authorities in South East Wales to monitor cases and provide advice to those with whom they have been in contact.

Siôn Lingard, public health consultant for the Cwm Taf Morgannwg public health team, said: “I am making three separate appeals today.

“First, I urge people to remember the importance of social distancing. Even if they feel they would not be severely affected by Covid-19 if they were to test positive, i.e. if they passed it on to older people or to family members, friends or colleagues more vulnerable, it could be extremely serious or even fatal.

“Second, if contact tracers have advised you to self-isolate because you have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should follow that instruction. It means not to leave your home for any reason.

“Finally, if you have been abroad and returned from a country on the UK quarantine list, you must not go out for 14 days.

Also, having a negative test result within 14 days of isolation does not mean that people can end their isolation earlier than 14 days. Failure to follow the advice on self-isolation upon return can have serious effects on other families and communities.

She added that investigations into a number of Covid-19 cases had “indicated that a lack of social distancing, particularly by a minority in the 18-30 age group, had caused the virus to spread. to other groups of people. ”

“Despite the lower infection rates in Wales, Covid-19 has not gone away. It is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of this virus, that is, by isolating themselves when asked to do so, staying two meters from others and washing their hands regularly.

“I understand that these measures are not easy to adhere to and may make our work and social life a little more difficult, but they are absolutely essential to keep our communities safe and to protect ourselves and others, including more vulnerable, ”she added.

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