08 Sep 2020

Caerphilly is first Welsh county on local lockdown

Caerphilly is the first Welsh county to be put on local lockdown and it will last until at least October, the health minister has announced.

From 6pm tonight (Tuesday, September 8) no-one will be allowed to leave Caerphilly county without good reason.

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said new restrictions on the 181,000 people living in the county would last for weeks, with the first review in a fortnight.

Family and friends living apart will no longer be able to meet indoors, stay overnight, or form extended households.

It comes after a spike in cases, with 132 people testing positive in a week.

Mr Gething said on Tuesday the case rate had risen to 72.9 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people - the highest rate in Wales and one of the highest in the UK.

Meanwhile, restrictions in Bolton will be increased following a further rise in cases of Covid-19.

The new measures will require all hospitality venues to close between 10pm and 5am each day.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the town in Greater Manchester had "the highest case rate in the country."



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