Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf to go into lockdown

Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf 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 Taf (RCT) 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 pubs, bars and restaurants will have to shut by 23:00 every day, once the lockdown comes into effect. People will also be banned from meeting people outside their own households indoors. • What can I do in Rhondda and Caerphilly lockdown? 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. It is the second local lockdown in Wales, after Caerphilly county borough was made subject to restrictions last week. A trip to Doncaster was said to be associated with one of the clusters of cases in RCT. A statement on Wednesday evening from the Welsh Government clarified the party did not attend the races being held in the South Yorkshire town, as part of a pilot event for 2,500 people. Wednesday's rate of positive tests for the past week in RCT was 5.1% - the highest in Wales. Mr Gething previously warned a positive rate of 4% across Wales would trigger a national lockdown. The Wales average ...
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