Cardiff is on the verge of having coronavirus restrictions reimposed after a “rapid” rise in cases.
Infections have been rising across south Wales, with Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport all under local restrictions.
The capital looks set to follow them, after Cardiff council leader Huw Thomas admitted it is close to entering the Welsh Government’s “red zone”.
Mr Thomas told a virtual council meeting that there were 38.2 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in Cardiff in the seven days up to 24 September.
If Cardiff enters the “red zone”, he said “I fully expect that we will be implementing further restrictions as we have seen elsewhere” in south Wales.
Mr Thomas added that Cardiff’s test positivity rate has reached 3.8 per cent – higher than the Welsh Government’s threshold of 2.5 per cent.
Cardiff is home to roughly 370,000 people. If restrictions are imposed, it would mean 1.2 million Welsh people would be living under tightened coronavirus rules – about a third of the population.
The capital would likely follow other areas in south Wales, and see a ban on visiting others’ homes.
Mr Thomas said the majority of infections appear to be coming from people mixing in homes.
“Our test trace and protect data suggests this is particularly in cases where family bubble rules have been breached, and also where people are mixing in indoor home settings and not following the rule of six,” he said.
“The truth is that indoor mixing with people not in extended households in homes, cafes, bars and restaurants is happening far too frequently.”
Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru’s health spokesman, said: “It’s deeply concerning that the virus has gotten a hold again to the extent in which tighter restrictions are being considered in more and more areas, and that this now includes our capital city, our most populated area, is a sign of the severity of the situation.
“Shutting pubs slightly earlier isn’t going to be enough – the Welsh government must think of a suite of new steps, which are perhaps stricter but for a shorter period, in order to control these new spikes.”
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