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Health Minister will considering lifting restrictions in the Vale if case cases continue to fall

 

Wales Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said "If the fall continues we can consider lifting restrictions in the Vale" - but cases have continued to rise since his tweets on Tuesday.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the Health Minister drew attention to the seven day case rate in areas under lockdown, which at the time showed 43.4 cases per 100,000 in the Vale of Glamorgan between 28th September - 3rd October.

Since then, figures released by Public Health Wales have been updated to include 4th October - seeing the seven day case rate in the County rising to 57.6 per 100,000.

In his tweets he pointed out the seven days case rates for the South Wales Counties under lockdown restrictions.

According to Public Health Wales figures from the 28th September - 4th October, the seven day cases rates are:

  • 120.2 per 100,000 people in Cardiff
  • 130.8 per 100,000 people in Swansea
  • 91.4 in Neath Port Talbot
  • 62.08 in Torfaen
  • 57.6 in the Vale of Glamorgan  

In a follow up tweet, the MS explained that "In the Vale of Glamorgan the figures went up over 50 per 100k and have now reduced."

"If the fall continues we can consider lifting restrictions in the Vale."

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"We are at a point of a real risk with Covid increasing across Wales. Please follow the rules and do your part to #KeepWalesSafe."

But despite the positivity, yesterday Wales recorded the biggest daily increases in coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period since April - with cases continuing to rise in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board region yesterday recorded 131 new coronavirus cases in total, according to Public Health Wales.

Cardiff has 108 new cases, the highest registered in Wales that day, with 23 in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Local lockdown restrictions came into force in the County on Monday 28th September at 6pm, with 2.3 million people living in Wales under similar restrictions.

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