Further jump in Covid-19 cases in Wales as UK Secretary voices ‘second wave’ worries

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There has been a further jump in Covid-19 cases reported by Public Health Wales today, as parts of the country consider local lockdowns in order to stunt a potential second wave of the virus.

Public Health Wales reported 133 new cases today, up from 98 yesterday, 77 on Saturday and 51 on Friday. The number of daily cases is now the highest since June. There were no new deaths.

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area saw the biggest increase with 35 new cases, and there were 28 new cases in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board area.

The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who is responsible for the coronavirus response in England, warned today that a second wave of the virus could be developing.

“The numbers have been going up. And we’ve seen in other countries where this leads, and it is not a good place,” Matt Hancock says.

Dr. Frank Atherton, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer, will update the press on Covid-19 in Wales tomorrow.

 

‘Close eye’

The leader of Caerphilly Council has warned today that a lockdown could be put in place as cases rise in the area.

Phillipa Marsden told Radio Wales any decision would be made after advice was taken from Public Health Wales.

“Local authorities cannot act alone,” Ms Marsden said.

“It’s about us doing this together through Public Health Wales, the health board and, ultimately, Welsh Government.”

Dr Giri Shankar, from Public Health Wales, told Radio Wales “a very close eye” was being kept on Caerphilly.

“Where necessary those local lockdowns will be imposed,” he said.

“We can’t let cases go on and on without any intervention.”

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