Second county in Wales to go into lockdown

A second county in Wales will go into lockdown because of the rate of coronavirus cases.

The 240,000 people living in Rhondda Cynon Taff will have restrictions imposed on their daily lives.

From 18:00 BST on Thursday, people will not be able to enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education.

All licensed premises will have to shut at 23:00 every day, once the lockdown comes into effect.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a “rapid” rise in cases, with 82.1 infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days.

The latest equivalent figure across the whole of Wales is 21.4 per 100,000.

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Tuesday’s rate of positive tests in RCT was 4.3% – the highest in Wales.

“Our contact tracing teams have been able to trace about half of these cases back to a series of clusters within the borough.” Mr Gething said.

“The rest are evidence of community transmission.”

One is associated with a rugby club, and a pub in the lower Rhondda valley, and the other with a club outing to the Doncaster races, which the minister said stopped off at a series of pubs on the way.

A review into the lockdown will be held in two weeks’ time.

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