It means eleven Welsh local authorities and a town are now in a second lockdown as coronavirus cases spike around the country again
Three more parts of Wales have been placed into local lockdown, meaning significant restrictions on the people who live there.
Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in response to a growing spread of cases. Local restrictions will come into force from 6pm on Monday, 28 September.
The restrictions, which will apply to everyone living in Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen are:
You can see the latest coronavirus infection rates for each of these areas here and full details of what you can and cannot do under lockdown rules here.
The latest infection rates, published on Sunday afternoon, show that the rate has doubled in the Vale of Glamorgan to stand at 34.4 per 100,000 people, though this is far below the highest infection rate in Wales, which is 287.7 in Blaenau Gwent. The rate in Torfaen is 47.9 and in Neath Port Talbot it is 37.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Following a worrying rise in cases of coronavirus across south Wales, we took action on Friday to introduce local coronavirus restrictions in Llanelli and local restrictions will come into force in our two largest cities– Cardiff and Swansea – tonight.
“We are now taking further action and placing three more areas under local restrictions in South Wales – Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen, and the Vale of Glamorgan – because we are seeing rising rates in these three areas. These areas also share borders with local authority areas where rates are much higher.
“Introducing restrictions in any parts of Wales is always an incredibly difficult decision for us to make. But we’re acting to protect people’s health and to try and break the chain of transmission and stop the situation from getting worse.
“This is not a regional lockdown – this is a series of local restrictions in each local authority area to respond to a specific rise in cases in each area, which have distinct and unique chains of transmission. In some places, such as Caerphilly and Newport, we have seen really positive falls in response and we hope they can begin to be relaxed if they continue.
“It’s really important everyone follows the rules where they live. We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”
Much of south Wales is now covered by local restrictions – although the restrictions are the same in each local authority, it does not mean people from one local area under local restrictions can travel to another area under local restrictions without a reasonable excuse, such as travelling for work or education.
All local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.
The Welsh Government is continuing to keep a close watch on the situation in North Wales – cases overall are much lower than in South Wales, but there is evidence coronavirus is increasing in some parts of the region.
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