Covid-19: Anglesey could face local lockdown as cases rise

ANGLESEY is being closely monitored by Public Health Wales as coronavirus cases continue to rise and could face a localised lockdown.

With news that Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport will face new restrictions from Tuesday as cases rise, Public Health Wales says Anglesey, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy, Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire and Swansea are all being “closely monitored”.

Dr Giri Shankar, Public Health Wales’ incident director for the coronavirus outbreak, said these areas are now in the “amber zone” and could also face lockdowns.

He said on Tuesday: “If case numbers continue to go up in similar patterns that we have seen in the six local authority areas (those currently under lockdown measures) then local lockdowns will have to be considered in those areas.

“I certainly hope that we don’t get to that position but if case numbers continue to go up and we see more people going into hospital and needing intensive care and we see cases in our vulnerable groups… we might have to consider complete lockdowns.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford is taking part in talks on Monday morning, chaired by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on efforts to tackle the rise in coronavirus across the UK.

The measures coming into effect at 6pm on Tuesday for the six areas of South Wales will not allow people to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education, and neither are they permitted to form, or be in, extended households.

All licensed premises will also have to close at 11pm, and friends and family can no longer meet indoors, while overnight stays are also banned.

On Monday, Wales registered its highest number of daily cases since April.


North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey