The Welsh government have announced that they are to place a third of the population in Wales back into lockdown from 6pm Tuesday as infections continue to rise.
Speaking at a press conference in Cardiff, the Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said that, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr and Newport will join Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly in new restrictions.
Residents in these areas will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without reasonable cause.
The Health Minister said many coronavirus cases are linked to people socialising indoors with no social distancing.
Gething said, “Following the decision to place additional coronavirus restrictions in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have seen a worrying and rapid rise in cases in four other South Wales council areas Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.
“In many cases, this is linked to people socialising indoors without social distancing.
“We are seeing evidence of coronavirus spreading. We need to take action to control and, ultimately, reduce its spread and protect people’s health.
“It’s always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities.
“We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”
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