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Many false positives in reported Ceredigion increase in Covid cases says council leader

CEREDIGION has seen an influx of visitors but Covid-19 cases have remained low, the council’s leader has highlighted.

Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn said that although there had been a reported increase in cases recently many had come back negative following a second test.

“There have been many false positives in those tests,” she said.

“That doesn’t mean we must not be vigilant and not keep up the good work in the county.”

Regular testing at care homes had also not shown an increase in cases, she added.

The increase in visitors had been welcomed by businesses but not necessarily by those concerned about increases in Covid-19 numbers, said Cllr ap Gwynn, adding that four ‘safe zones’ in the main towns had been considered successful with problems “slowly addressed.”

Their implementation has been extended for 18 months, but will not be in place at all times.

Cllr ap Gwynn again congratulated council staff on their hard work fighting the pandemic and added her praise to A level and GCSE students who had faced concerns over grades, at the September meeting of the cabinet.

Welcoming students back to Aberystwyth University, with quarantine in place, as well as pupils preparing to return to school was also high on the agenda.

Chief executive Eifion Evans took an opportunity to correct “suggestions” on social media that there had been high numbers of Covid-19 cases in Ceredigion’s hospital saying the number had “not crossed two at Bronglais over the summer period.”

He added that the council worked in partnership with Hywel Dda Health Board and the authority was fully appraised of Covid-19 admissions even when patients are registered using their home address.

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