February 25, 2021

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309 new Covid cases in Hywel Dda board area

There have been 309 new coronavirus cases reported in Hywel Dda health board’s area according to today’s (December 18) figures.

Public Health Wales figures show 54 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Pembrokeshire from 429 tests, 36 in Ceredigion out of 252 tests and 219 in Carmarthenshire from 977 tests.

Three additional deaths have been recorded in Hywel Dda, with the total number of people who have died with coronavirus standing at 160.

There has now been a total of 1,633 cases in Pembrokeshire reported throughout the pandemic, 957 in Ceredigion and 6,734 in Carmarthenshire.

There were 2,801 new cases reported across Wales with Public Health Wales recording 38 new deaths.

Wales now has had a total of 117,367 cases and 3,011 people have died with suspected Covid-19.

Figures were not published on Sunday, December 13 following maintenance to the NHS Wales Laboratory Information Management System.

Public Health Wales has said there will be a “period of data reconciliation and validation that will affect our daily reporting figures for several days.”

A backlog of more than 11,000 cases was added to yesterday’s (December 17) figures.

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is concerned at the high levels of Coronavirus in nearly every part of Wales and we note that the Welsh Government will be publishing an updated Coronavirus Control Plan next week.

“If we are to have meaningful and safe interactions within the permitted exclusive Christmas ‘bubble’, then everyone should immediately start to limit their interactions with other as much as possible in the lead up to the festive period.

“This means staying out of other people’s homes, limiting the times and the numbers of people that you meet, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene, working from home if you can, and self-isolating if you show symptoms of coronavirus or are asked to do so by contact tracers.

As the number of cases continues to accelerate in Wales, we would also advise people to consider their plans for Christmas from the perspective of what they ‘should’ do, rather than what they ‘can’ do, in order to protect their families and communities.

“The festive period is important for people across Wales who want to be with loved ones during the holidays, particularly after a very difficult year, but we would remind everyone that we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable.  For many, this will mean that it isn’t possible to celebrate Christmas in the way you normally would.

“Welsh Government has announced that Coronavirus regulations relating to self-isolation periods have changed in Wales.

“Under the revised regulations, people who have tested positive or have come in to close contact with someone who has had a positive test for Coronavirus will be required by law to self-isolate for 10 days.  Previously, close contacts were required to self-isolate for 14 days.

“This change has been made to reflect the latest evidence around the transmission of the virus.

“These regulations will apply retrospectively, so anyone on days 11-14 of self-isolation will be immediately released. This applies to all settings, so will mean that school bubbles can return.

“This new 10 day requirement also applies to people who are isolating after travelling from a non-exempt country.”

“We would like to wish all those celebrating Hanukkah a very safe and happy celebration. Throughout this year we have all found different ways to mark special occasions and this Hanukkah we can once again find new ways to stay connected. Visit Chabad.org for some great ideas for safely enjoying your favourite Hanukkah traditions at home.

“This week we welcomed the news that the first Coronavirus vaccine rollout had begun.  We stress that the effects of this vaccine may not be seen nationally for many months and it is therefore extremely important that everyone continues to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe; keep contacts with other people to a minimum, keep a 2-metre distance from others, wash hands regularly, wear a face-covering where required, and self-isolating when asked to do so.

“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of Coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.

“The rising rate of Coronavirus in parts of Rhondda Cynon Taff is causing significant concern and a mass testing exercise in the Lower Cynon Valley area started on Saturday and will run until 20 December.

“Public Health Wales is encouraging everyone who lives, studies or works in the area (Abercynon, Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash West, Mountain Ash East, and Aberaman South) to attend either the Cynon Valley Bowls Club or Abercynon Leisure Centre between 9 am and 7 pm for a free test.

“Anyone aged 11+ without any symptoms can have a test, but children under 18 will need parental consent. The more people who get tested, the more chances we have to reduce the spread of the virus.

“We understand that people will want to do their Christmas shopping at this time of year. We would suggest trying to visit shops during off-peak times, to always maintain social distancing and to wear a face-covering if you can. Options such as ‘click and collect’ or online purchasing may also be something to consider.

“If you or a member of your household develop symptoms of the Coronavirus, such as a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test either by calling 119 or by clicking here.

“We recognise that many people may be finding life more challenging, resulting in difficulties with mental health. There are many agencies which provide help and support, including the C.A.L.L. helpline on 0800 132 737, which will refer callers to the most appropriate organisation according to their needs.

“If you are in severe mental distress or are having suicidal thoughts, please contact Samaritans Cymru free on 116 123. You can also find sources of advice and guidance on our website if you need some help or are worried about a loved one.

“NHS Wales is still here to help you if you need care, and it’s important you continue to attend appointments and seek help for urgent medical issues. You should phone beforehand and follow any guidance your local surgery, dentist, optometrist or health service has put in place to protect you and staff, including the need to keep 2m away from other patients.

“Helpful advice and support is available via the NHS COVID-19 app.  As well as providing alerts if you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, the app will also tell you the current risk level in your area.

“Information about the symptoms of Coronavirus is available on the Public Health Wales website, or via the NHS 111 Wales symptom checker.”

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