First Minister Mark Drakeford has outlined the decision-making process behind any potential lifting of local lockdown restrictions.
A weekly review into the local lockdowns will be held every Thursday.
Responding to a question posed to him by Caerphilly’s Senedd Member Hefin David in the Welsh Parliament, the First Minister said public health experts scrutinise the data during the first part of the week, taking into account the number of new cases on a seven-day rolling total.
Mr Drakeford said: “That will then be reported on Thursday of this week [October 8] to a meeting that will involve the Welsh Government.”
He confirmed that Health Minister Vaughan Gething and Caerphilly County Borough Council leader Philippa Marsden would be in attendance, as would representatives from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Gwent Police.
He added: “That meeting will discuss whether or not we have a reliable enough reduction in the figures and incidence in the Caerphilly area to begin the process of lifting local lockdown restrictions.”
He then confirmed government ministers would then have the final say on whether local lockdown restrictions can begin to be lifted.
However, Mr Drakeford warned: “I want to be clear that I don’t believe that there will be an ability to lift all restrictions in one go.
“We will start with some measures and build them up over a period of weeks.”
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Meanwhile, a study carried out by Imperial College London has predicted Caerphilly will be the only local authority area in Wales and England that will see the number of new coronavirus cases drop in the next fortnight.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director at Public Health Wales, said: “Following the introduction of restrictions in the borough of Caerphilly, our data is beginning to show a downward trend.
“Although we cannot categorically say this trend is a result of lockdown, we are cautiously optimistic and we are looking at a number of alternative sources to validate these results.”
However, Health Minister Mr Gething said the area is still on Welsh Government’s concern list, but said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the reduction in cases in the county borough.
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