Fears of local lockdown in Holyhead because of worrying rise in coronavirus cases – Wales Online

A Welsh community could be put into local lockdown with schools closing because of a worrying rise in coronavirus cases.

There is “extreme concern” over the growing number of positive coronavirus cases in the Holyhead area over the last few weeks.

In a statement, Anglesey’s Covid-19 Prevention and Surveillance group said it was currently looking at a number of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. These include closing schools and a local lockdown.

So far this month, 54% of the 174 positive coronavirus cases on Anglesey have been in and around Holyhead. While some cases are linked to a recent outbreak in Ysbyty Gwynedd, it is believed that transmission has been caused by people visiting each other’s homes as well as workplace transmission.

The statement released by the group said: “Anglesey’s Covid-19 Prevention and Surveillance Group is extremely concerned about the growing number of positive cases in the Holyhead area.

“So far this month, 54% of the 174 positive coronavirus cases on Anglesey – identified through the Test, Trace and Protect team – have been in and around Holyhead. Although some cases have links to the recent outbreak at Ysbyty Gwynedd, household, cross-household and workplace transmission in the Holyhead area is also increasing and a significant cause for concern.

“The multi-agency team working to protect residents is currently looking at ways to curb the spread – which could include closing schools in the area once again as well as a local lockdown.”

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The seven-day case rate per 100,000 people in Anglesey, between March 5 and March 11, was 98.5, up from 92.8.

But in Holyhead the rate was 251, between March 3 and March 9, the third highest of any local authority district in Wales.

Residents in the area are being urged to immediately self-isolate if they experience any symptoms of Covid and seek a test at Stanley Crescent car park.

They are also being encouraged to share all relevant information with test and trace advisers, as well as follow the coronavirus restrictions which currently prevent people from meeting indoors.

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Prevention and Surveillance Group Chair, and Anglesey Council Deputy Chief Executive, Dylan Williams, said: “The situation in Holyhead and recent increase in cases is extremely concerning.

“We must all play our part now by following the all-important guidance – sticking to social distancing, wearing a mask when we need to and not mixing with family and friends. We understand that these measures are tough on everyone it is the only way we can return to some sort of normality.”

“We continue to work with our partners and will be presenting our latest update to the Welsh Government shortly. The current situation in Holyhead will figure very prominently in any future talks over the coming days.”