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Welsh government faces calls to extend lockdown in some areas

by LLB political Reporter
9th Nov 20 10:06 am

The Welsh government’s lockdown saw the number of virus hospital admissions has surpassed levels seen during the peak in April.

Despite Wales now coming out of the 17-day fire breaker, the transmission rates continue to rise in high levels in areas across South Wales,

The Welsh government are facing calls to extend restrictions in areas of the south Wales valleys including Merthyr Tydfil, which became the worst-hit area of the UK last week with 741 cases per 100,000 population.

Dr Giri Shankar, from Public Health Wales was asked by Sky News, if the lockdown needs to be extended.

Dr Shankar said, “We have always been very clear that the longer the restrictions stay in place, the more beneficial the impact of that would be, especially on coronavirus transmission.

“We have always recognised that it’s a balancing act of trying to control the COVID harm versus the non-COVID harms, and therefore the two-week, 17-days decision was taken by the Welsh government.

“Clearly coronavirus hasn’t gone away and once we come out of restrictions it isn’t going to be as normal as before, so people still have the duty to comply with the new guidance.

“The less we mix in society, the less non-essential activities take place, the more beneficial it will be, particularly in the next four to six weeks in the festival period.”

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