Coronavirus: social distance call to Caerphilly to avoid “severe lockdown”

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A temporary test center is open every day in front of the city’s leisure center until Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. BST


Residents are warned to increase social distancing to avoid “another severe lockdown” after an increase in cases.

Caerphilly Senedd member Hefin David made the comments after 56 cases were reported locally last week, the highest number in Wales.

A walk-in testing center opened outside the Caerphilly Leisure Center on Saturday to allow people with symptoms to get tested.

“It’s in the hands of the community,” Hefin told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast.

“If people take serious social distances, wash their hands, limit contact, we can get back to where we were.

“People have to take this seriously. ”

Visits to nursing homes in Caerphilly have stopped to protect residents following the increase in cases.

Coronavirus case in Caerphilly

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Mr Hefin said the results of tests carried out at the temporary center “will guide what happens next and the decisions that will be taken afterwards.”

“What I absolutely don’t want to see is another severe lockdown… like we did in March,” he said.

“The only way to avoid doing this is to go back to this disciplined process that we had and were doing so well in. ”

A health official on Friday blamed “the organization of house parties and the like” for an increase in cases in the town of Caerphilly, Blackwood and other areas.

“People didn’t follow the rules for social distancing,” said Dr Robin Howe, of Public Health Wales.

The infection rate in Caerphilly over the past seven days has been recorded at 30.9 people per 100,000 population, the highest in Wales and well above the Welsh average of 7.4 per 100,000 population .

As of Friday, another 16 cases were reported in the county.

Just under a quarter of the 233 new cases in Wales over the past week have been in Caerphilly.

The test center outside the Caerphilly Leisure Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. BST on Saturdays and Sundays and until 6:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

“This temporary screening center will help us learn more about the infection rate in Caerphilly and help us protect residents of Caerphilly and Gwent,” said Mererid Bowley, Acting Director of Public Health for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board .

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