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Powys Covid rise blamed on rule breakers

Created on 08/01/2021 @ 10:07
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While the Welshpool area continues to enjoy relatively low cases of Covid-19, the rise in other parts of Powys is being blamed on people not following the guidance.

Powys County Council said that sharp increases in south Powys towns, including Builth Wells, are because of increased social contact resulting in a number of residents having to self-isolate.

“We have seen an increase in case numbers in Powys communities which appear to be linked to increased social contact,” said Stuart Bourne, Director of Public Health, Powys Teaching Health Board.

“These cases have a significant impact on the health service, our economy and households with many individuals having to self-isolate as confirmed contacts.

“It is vital that we do all that we can to prevent the spread of the virus within Powys. Limiting contact with others whilst maintaining social distancing is a key measure along with wearing face coverings and regular hand washing.

“It is important for all of us to remember that Coronavirus is a very real threat to public health, particularly with a new variant which spreads with greater speed. The best way to stop the chain of infection is to come into contact with fewer people and follow social distancing. We need to do all that we can to prevent a further rise in cases.”

Cabinet Member for Emergency Planning Councillor Graham Breeze said: “The threat of Coronavirus has surfaced in our communities and I urge everyone to adhere to social distancing, carry out regular and thorough hand washing/sanitising and wear a face covering. 

“When visiting essential shops and whilst carrying out other necessary business matters, please follow relevant Covid guidance made by individual operators.  I urge everyone to stay safe.”

If you are identified as a confirmed contact of someone that’s tested positive, the Powys contact tracing team will call you from 02921 961133.

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