Some people living in an area with rising Covid-19 cases have “lost their discipline”, claims a council leader.

Rates in Merthyr Tydfil over the past week have overtaken neighbouring Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT), which was placed in a local lockdown on Thursday.

There were 96 cases per 100,000 residents in Merthyr over the past week, while it now stands at 89 in RCT.

Merthyr council leader Kevin O’Neill said people in the area should “think about others”.

There were 27 new cases recorded in Merthyr on Saturday.

Neigbouring RCT, which is the third most populated county in Wales, saw a further 47 new reported cases of Covid-19.

Across Wales, there have been 212 instances of infection reported, and two more people have died – both in the health authority covering north Wales.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford warned on Friday that officials were keeping a “close watch” on what was happening in Merthyr.

Hospital visits have been suspended in the authority due to mounting cases of infection.

Mr O’Neill said he was “concerned”.

Kevin O'Neill
Merthyr council leader Kevin O’Neill is voicing concerns over the rise in Covid-19 cases

“Because it’s important people still understand we are in a pandemic,” said Mr O’Neill.

“There are certain guiding principles for me, and they are social distancing, wearing a mask, and (hand) hygeine – and people have lost their discipline with that.”

Source: BBC News

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