Wales considers new Covid lockdown amid quick increase in infections

Another lockdown may be required in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 clients in hospital soared to a record high.

There are now more than 1,800 individuals in Welsh healthcare facilities with validated or presumed coronavirus– the greatest number recorded and 400 more than the previous peak in April.

Here are the slides from today’s press conference– Welsh Government December 7, 2020

Explaining the circumstance as “exceptionally major”, the Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, accepted more restrictions might be needed, possibly even prior to Christmas.

The figures come simply a month after completion of a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown, which was thought at the time to have actually succeeded and was anticipated to offer the country a clear run up to the new year.

But the Welsh government has actually because yielded that it may have been much better to generate other curbs when the firebreak was lifted.

At a press conference on Monday, Gething said coronavirus cases were increasing again throughout almost the whole of Wales. The country was the only part of the UK where infection rates were not falling at the end of November, he said.

The minister said the latest data shows that the all-Wales case rate was nearly 70 points higher on Monday than it was on Friday. “This reveals you how just quick coronavirus is spreading out,” he said.

According to the latest UK government data, on 1 December Wales had a seven-day case rate of 267.8 for every 100,000 individuals. That compared to 149.5 in England, 143.6 in Northern Ireland, and 100.3 in Scotland.

Gething stated there were 8 local authorities with rates greater than 400 cases for every single 100,000 individuals– four times as numerous locations as on Friday. In 19 of the 22 local authority locations cases were increasing.

” Regretfully, we are seeing a go back to the very high rates of more than 500 in Blaenau Gwent and 600 in Neath Port Talbot [both locations of south Wales],” he stated.

Asked how seriously the federal government was thinking about another lockdown, Gething stated: “We’re actively considering each day whether the procedures we have are the best ones or not. We’re actively considering what we may need to do after the Christmas duration.”

He included: “Whatever is on the table. We’re talking about through this week, and we’ll continue to discuss, what measures we need to take.

” We’ve discovered that trying to have set dedications to never ever ponder future action is just not the right or the accountable thing to do. So of course that’s a choice that we’ll need to consider.”

When asked if modifications to the guidelines prior to or throughout Christmas could likewise be needed he stated: “If we need to act at a different moment we will do … If we need to act even more we will do. We’re still committed to doing whatever we can to keep Wales safe.”

More limitations in the hospitality market came into force on Friday, which included prohibiting certified facilities from serving alcohol and forcing them to shut by 6pm.

Gething stated effects from the brand-new measures would not be seen for a fortnight. In current weeks, going shopping centres in Wales have actually been busy and there is fear that the infection is being sent in houses with the cold weather dissuading people from conference outside.

Swansea Bay university health board’s public health director, Dr Keith Reid, alerted that Covid cases in the area could reach “catastrophic levels” unless individuals followed social distancing guidelines and stated the health system would be overwhelmed if cases continued to increase at the present rate. He blamed individuals mixing with each other for the increase.

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