The Welsh government has announced that a second county in Wales will go into lockdown from 18.00 hours on Thursday.
No one will be allowed to leave or enter the Rhondda Cynon Taf which will affect around 240,000 residents due to the steep rise in coronavirus cases. Exceptions will be allowed for people who need to travel for work or education.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said that there has been a rapid rise in cases with 82.1 infections per 100,000 population in the last seven days.
The Rhondda has the highest cases in Wales with 4.3% testing positive, and previously warned that if there is a positive rate of 4% then a national lockdown will happen.
Contact tracing found half of coronavirus cases in the Rhondda were due to “a series of clusters within the borough,” and the “rest are evidence of community transmission.”
Gething will review the lockdown in a week’s time.