RESPONDING to the news that four councils in north Wales – Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, will see new Covid-19 restrictions, Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister and MS for Ynys Mon Rhun ap Iorwerth said,

“Whilst it may not come as a surprise, this announcement will be a heavy blow to those living in those areas soon to be under new restrictions.

“I appeal to Welsh Government to give careful consideration to using more hyper-local measures where possible, focusing on specific clusters. This would be far more effective with a properly functioning and robust testing system – with fast testing and fast results for fast tracing to isolate cases – which we do not currently have and is something the Health Minister must resolve with absolute urgency.

“Loneliness, isolation and the risk to mental health is one of the very real concerns I have around the Coronavirus restrictions and Welsh Government should have a strategy targeted at protecting the vulnerable, for example allowing more contact for those living alone.

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