The coronavirus infection rate in Carmarthenshire county continues to rise, new statistics released on Friday have revealed.
According to the latest data released by Public Health Wales, Carmarthenshire’s latest infection rate is 241.6 .
This is based on the infection rate per 100,000 population over the seven days up to December 1. In that time there have been 456 confirmed cases.
The rate has increased steadily for most of the past three months, as it has in many parts of Wales. This has led in part to the decision made by the Welsh Government to close pubs, bars and restaurants at 6pm every day from Friday. Furthermore, those establishments will not be allowed to serve alcohol after Friday at 6pm.
In Carmarthenshire, the infection rate reported on September 23 was 47.1 .
By the middle of October, before the national fire-break lockdown was implemented, it was up to 68.3 .
By November, looking at the rate for the seven days up until November 10, the rate was 129.8 , and by last Friday the latest published rate of infection was at the highest it has been in Carmarthenshire at 207.7 , up from 163.2 the previous week.
The area of Carmarthenshire with the highest current infection rate is Llanfihangel ar Arth and Llanybydder, while the area with the lowest current rate is Pembrey and Burry Port.
Below are the infection rates and new case figures for different areas of Carmarthenshire for the seven days up to Tuesday, December 1 (area: infection rate / new cases):
Llanfihangel ar Arth and Llanybydder: 528.2 / 30
Llandeilo, Llangadog and Manordeilo: 458.4 / 33
Brynaman, Garnant and Glanaman: 420.8 / 31
Llanelli North: 402.9 / 22
Yr Hendy and Tycroes: 313.7 / 19
Llanelli West: 311.8 / 23
Swiss Valley and Llangennech: 300.5 / 23
Llanelli Bigyn: 282.0 / 19
Llanddarog, Llangyndeyrn and Ferryside: 277.5 / 23
Llandybie and Saron: 268.9 / 23
Bynea and Llwynhendy: 265.5 / 24
Carmarthen North: 252.6 / 13
Dafen and Felinfoel: 250.5 / 14
Glyn and Pontyberem: 237.6 / 23
Llanon, Cross Hands and Penygroes: 237.6 / 20
Llanelli South: 186.7 / 20
Llandovery, Cilycwm and Cynwyl Gaeo: 180.0 / 10
Carmarthen South and Llangunnor: 170.6 / 11
Whitland, Laugharne and Llansteffan: 152.2 / 19
Kidwelly and Trimsaran: 145.7 / 9
Trelech, Cenarth and Llangeler: 144.1 / 11
Carmarthen West and Cynwyl Elfed: 139.2 / 12
Abergwili, Llanegwad and Carmel: 135.2 / 9
Ammanford and Betws: 100.9 / 8
Pembrey and Burry Port: 84.2 / 7
This week has seen some positive news concerning coronavirus after it was announced on Wednesday that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had been granted authorisation for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), meaning that vaccinations can start in Wales within days.
While welcoming that news, the leader of Carmarthenshire Council, Emlyn Dole, warned people not to become complacent and “take their foot off the brake”.
“This week we’ve had the glimmer of hope we’ve all been waiting for, and it has been very welcome news,” said Mr Dole.
“But we can’t relax just yet – we have to be mindful that the vaccination programme will take time to roll out, and in the meantime we all have a part to play in stopping the spread of this virus that has hit us all so hard this year.
“With Christmas approaching fast, we simply have to remember the basics, and protect ourselves and others within our community who are vulnerable.
“We must limit our contact with people, keeping our distance when we’re out and about and following the basic rules about hygiene and wearing face coverings. We’re almost there, but we’re not out of the woods yet.”
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With the new restrictions on the hospitality industry coming into force at 6pm on Friday, Carmarthenshire Council has said it will be working alongside Dyfed-Powys Police to visit premises over the weekend in order to make sure that businesses are complying with the new rules – including during the Welsh rugby international against Italy which kicks off at 4.45pm on Saturday.
“This is desperately frustrating for the industry but I do hope that the funding package announced by Welsh Government will provide at least some relief,” added Mr Dole.
“Whilst we can sympathise, we must also understand that this decision is based on the need to protect public health. We are supporting our premises to operate within these rules and will also be continuing our efforts to ensure compliance with the rules.
“At the same time, we appeal to people to understand the rules if they are planning to visit licensed premises during the day, and to appreciate the regulations that businesses are operating under.”