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'Early signs' of drop in Covid cases in Wales

 

There are “postive early signs” that the number of Covid cases in Wales is falling after the 17-day lockdown, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said.

Although the numbers being admitted to hospital were still “significant”, he said there had been sharp falls in cases in the hardest-hit areas like Merthyr Tydfil and Wrexham.

The lockdown came to an end at midnight last Sunday, but many restrictions remain in place.

“It is still too early to see the impact of the firebreak on coronavirus but these are positive early signs," Mr Gething said.

"We need keep building on this and make sure we don’t slip back as we come out of the firebreak.”

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He has also announced an extra £15.7m to nearly double the contact-tracing workforce in Wales for the winter.

The funding will increase the number of staff from 1,800 to 3,100 in time for an expected rise in demand in December and through to the end of March.

A new all-Wales team is also being set-up to support local teams when they have a surge in cases.

“Contact tracing is a vital element of our Test, Trace, Protect strategy to stop the spread of the virus,” Mr Gething said.

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