Coronavirus: Case confirmed in Caerphilly County Borough
News | Richard Gurner | Published: 16:15, Wednesday March 11th, 2020.
Last updated: 11:37, Friday March 13th, 2020
A case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Caerphilly County Borough, Wales’ chief medical officer has said.
Dr Frank Atherton said the patient had no history of travel to a country where the virus is circulating, and is not known to have had contact with another confirmed case.
Further details of the patient have not been released.
Three other cases have also been confirmed in Wales bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 19.
Dr Atherton said: “All of the individuals are being managed in clinically appropriate settings. All appropriate measures to provide care for the individuals and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.
“We have always been clear that we expected the number of positive cases to increase, which is in line with what has happened in other parts of the world.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is prepared for these types of incidents. Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.”
A spokesperson for Caerphilly County Borough Council said: “We are closely following the advice from Public Health Wales and other official agencies.
“We are signposting people to these sources for the latest information and updates. We will respond accordingly to the official advice received.”
Meanwhile, Oakfield Street Surgery in Ystrad Mynach has reopened after it was briefly closed as a precaution on Tuesday, March 10.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said the surgery is a “safe environment for staff and patients” and that the closure was to “allow cleaning to take place”.
Caerphilly AM Hefin David urged people to follow official advice and said: “The key issue is for people to accept and heed official advice.
“The medical officers in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland who advise their governments are experts in their field and they are backed up by experienced public health teams.
“All public health decisions must be made on the best evidence available.”
Dr David AM also said he was in contact with the health board and offered to give advice and support to constituents.
People who believe they may have the condition have been advised not to visit a GP or other health facilities, but to instead call 111.
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