Council leader Andrew Morgan disclosed the figures as he said at least 1,500 people living in the area, which will go into a local lockdown at 6pm on Thursday, have now been asked to self-isolate “because we believe they have come into contact with somebody who has tested positive”.
In a statement on Wednesday night the Rhondda Cynon Taf council leader said the situation was “starting to snowball”. Cllr Morgan said the blanket lockdown across the whole authority area had been brought in because “where the clusters have been identified to try and be shut down… there is so much community transmission taking place it is not possible, for example, to suggest that we could close down the lower part of the Rhondda”.
Cllr Morgan said there were 22 population areas or settlements in RCT and 15 of those have an incidence rate of at least 50 cases per 100,000 people, which is the threshold where restrictions are introduced.
“In some instances it’s above 60 and there are some communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf which have over 100 cases per 100,000 which is well into the intervention matrix which the Welsh Government and UK Government uses in terms of whether they should intervene,” said Cllr Morgan.
“The situation can be turned around. I know there’s going to be a huge number of people disappointed and I’m disappointed we’re in this position.
“The next review is in two weeks’ time. The ministers have said they will keep this under constant review so I really hope that over the next two weeks by everybody really following the rules, wearing a face mask inside and outside whenever you go anywhere, making sure you do social distancing, don’t have people round your houses, make sure you are washing your hands regularly – these kind of messages and these simple actions can make a difference and I hope in two weeks time these restrictions can either be relaxed or even removed.”
Cllr Morgan said the confirmed case figures in Caerphilly, which went into a local lockdown last week, were declining which showed the measures were having an impact.
Specific guidance from the Welsh Government on the measures in Rhondda Cynon Taf is due to be published on Thursday but in the meantime you can see the rules as they’ve been announced so far by going here.
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