PLAID Cymru has called for ‘immediate measures’ in Wrexham, where Covid-19 cases continue to increase, in order to avoid a full lockdown calling on the Welsh Government to move quickly in implementing measures such as those in place in Blackburn.

Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth MS noted that intensive targeted testing and making face coverings mandatory in busy areas “could prevent the need for a full local lockdown such as in Leicester.”

Mr ap Iorwerth added that face coverings should be ‘distributed to the public for free’to avoid any issues of complying to new measures.

Rhun ap Iorwerth said,

“With Covid-19 levels in Wrexham now higher than in Blackburn, and three out of the five deaths yesterday in Wales at Maelor Hospital, it’s crucial that the Welsh Government responds promptly with interventions to prevent further transmissions.

“Following a similar model to that in place in Blackburn – with targeted testing in problematic areas and the mandatory use of face coverings in busy and critical areas – could prevent the need for a full local lockdown such as in Leicester. The measures in Blackburn have so far succeeded in lowering the spike in cases.

“As well as making face coverings mandatory, consideration should also be given to distributing them to the public for free so that everyone can adhere to these temporary safety measures.

“The rapidly commissioned COVID hospital on Deeside – Ysbyty Enfys Glannau Dyfrdwy – could also be activated now, to take the pressure off the Wrexham Maelor general hospital and help create COVID-free zones. Surely now is the time to do this.”

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