Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf enters local lockdown as cases rise

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A local lockdown has been announced for Rhondda Cynon Taf after a continued sharp rise in positive coronavirus cases. The Welsh government has said the Rhondda Cynon Taf council area will be subject to a local lockdown which will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday 17 September.

It comes after the local authority area’s incidence rate reached 82.1 per 100,000 population in the past seven days. This was well above the infection rate of 50 per 100,000 that marked the threshold that led to the introduction of Wales’ first local lockdown, which went into effect in Caerphilly on September 8.

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The new rules mean that the people of Rhondda Cynon Taf:

The new measures will be applied by local authorities and the police. The lockdown was placed on the county as a whole. Schools in the region – which have seen the highest number of Covid-19 cases in schools in Wales – are expected to remain open, along with premises such as pubs and shops.

The council, along with the council of Merthyr Tydfil, had previously issued tougher “voluntary” restrictions on residents in its area to avoid the need for a full local lockdown.

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It is not yet clear how long the lockdown will be in place in RCT, but before the Caerphilly lockdown went into effect, Welsh government health minister Vaughan Gething said the new restrictions would last until October “at least”.

It is understood that these restrictions will be formally revised in two weeks.

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What Vaughan Gething Said About Local Lockdown in RCT

“To focus now on the development of the situation in Rhondda Cynon Taf, where unfortunately we have continued to see a rapid increase in the number of cases. We are also now seeing evidence of community transmission.

“This despite the measures that local authorities have asked residents to take voluntarily to control the spread of the virus.

“The latest figures available to us, which are released this afternoon, show that the seven-day new case rate is 82.1 per 100,000 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Yesterday’s test positivity rate was 4.3% – it was the highest positivity rate in Wales.

“Our contact tracing teams were able to trace about half of these cases to a series of clusters in the borough. The others testify to a community transmission.

“There are a number of groups at Rhondda Cynon Taf – two of which are important. One is associated with a rugby club and pub in lower Rhondda and the other with a club outing to the Doncaster Races, which stopped at a series of pubs on the way.

“Much like in the Borough of Caerphilly, we have seen a rapid increase in cases over a short period of time, which are mainly related to people socializing without social distancing and meeting at home. We have also seen cases related to people returning from summer vacation. foreign.

“Local authorities have been proactive in visiting premises throughout the borough over the past week to verify compliance with the law and the steps we all need to take to protect each other from the coronavirus.

“These checks resulted in improvement notices in seven supermarkets, which were observed.

“A bar was closed in Pontypridd after a series of violations were captured on CCTV; an authorized room was closed in Tonypandy and improvement notices for another bar in Pontypridd and a barber in Tonypandy were also issued.

“Fifty other licensed premises were visited by council officers over the weekend and further enforcement action – whether improvement notices or closure orders – is expected to follow.”

“Taken together, this rapid increase in cases with evidence of community transmission in Rhondda Cynon Taf and evidence of non-compliance in many licensed premises across the borough, means we need to introduce local restrictions in the area to control and, ultimately, reduce the spread of the virus and protect people’s health.

“As the cause of transmission is similar to what we saw in the Borough of Caerphilly, the restrictions will be similar.

“Steps will be taken to end the late night opening of all licensed premises in Rhondda Cynon Taf

“From 6 p.m. tomorrow, the following local restrictions will therefore come into effect for people living in Rhondda Cynon Taf:

  • Persons will not be permitted to enter or leave the Rhondda Cynon Taf Council area without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or study.
  • People will only be able to meet outside for the time being. People will not be able to meet members of their extended household inside or form a larger household at this time.
  • All authorized premises must close at 11 p.m. at Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • Anyone over the age of 11 should wear a face mask in indoor public places – as is the case across Wales.

“We will keep these measures under constant review and they will be officially reviewed in two weeks. “

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