“We have to act fast” to stop second coronavirus peak – council chief exec
News | Emily Gill - Local Democracy Reporting Service | Published: 09:49, Tuesday September 15th, 2020.
Last updated: 09:49, Tuesday September 15th, 2020
The chief executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council has said the borough has to “act fast” to prevent a second coronavirus peak.
Chief executive Christina Harrhy spoke about the council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at a meeting last week.
Caerphilly was the first local authority area in Wales to go into a local lockdown – with residents banned from leaving the county borough, unless they have a reasonable excuse such as to go to work or school.
Speaking about the recent rise in cases in Caerphilly, Ms Harrhy said: “In the UK we are in the top two. We have to act fast. We are in a really precarious position.
“We very much have to keep an eye out on further outbreaks.”
Ms Harrhy said the council is conducting a weekly review, with the first one expected this week.
Welsh Government will be reviewing the situation in Caerphilly every three weeks.
“Covid has been all-consuming for us over the last few months and will certainly continue to be over the coming months,” Ms Harrhy said.
“Myself and the corporate management team have many years of local government experience and we have never ever experienced anything like this.”
Lockdown measures also saw extended households banned in Caerphilly, meaning people from different households can only meet outdoors while maintaining a two-metre distance.
Welsh Government has said it will take several weeks for the effects of the local lockdown to be felt.
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