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UK News Three things you need to know from Tuesday's Welsh Government coronavirus briefing - June 30, 2020

02:05  01 july  2020
02:05  01 july  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Health minister Vaughan Gething led the Welsh Government briefing on the coronavirus outbreak in Wales on Tuesday (June 30).

Here is a summary of what he had to say:

  • No community transmission found in Wales' food plant outbreaks

  • Additional outbreaks of virus expected in the coming months

  • Public urged to take test, trace, protect system "seriously"

  • Not “a single penny of new investment" announced for Wales by the Prime Minister

  • Dental and optometry practices to reintroduce more services as part of the "phased recovery" of health services

Vaughan Gething holding a sign: Vaughan Gething led the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing © Welsh Government Vaughan Gething led the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing

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No community transmission found in food plants outbreaks

Speaking at the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, the health minister said he was aware that the number of confirmed cases at three plants in Wales had caused concern.

He said the Welsh Government continued to closely monitor the outbreaks at the 2 Sisters plant in Anglesey, and Rowan Foods in Wrexham as well as an incident at Kepak in Merthyr Tyfdil.

The latest figures from these outbreaks are as follows:

  • 216 people have tested positive at the 2 Sisters plant. It remains closed.
  • 237 people have tested positive around Rowan Foods. More than 1,100 people have been tested.
  • 130 tests have been confirmed at Kepak since April. A total of 101 tests were positive from the 810 people tested over the weekend.

The health minister said a "huge amount" of testing had gone on to rapidly investigate the outbreaks and contain them, adding that there was no evidence of a wider spread into the community.

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Additional outbreaks and incidents expected in the coming months

The health minister said he expected more incidents and outbreaks in the coming months, adding that the speed of the Welsh Government's response and how people responded to its advice would be critical.

Asked what a local lockdown might look like in Wales, Mr Gething said this would need to be specific to the incident. However, he added that the test, trace, protect service, when followed, would implement a targeted lockdown already.

He said the Welsh Government had the power to take additional measures if necessary, including shutting down businesses and legally forcing people to self-isolate, but it was not the approach they preferred to take.

Mr Gething said: “People do need to take this seriously.

"It isn't a case of if you’ve been advised to self-isolate, you can nip out to the shops as long as you’re quick and wear a mask. You’re still a risk to yourself and to other people.”

Not “a single penny of new investment" planned for Wales

Asked for his thoughts on the Prime Minister's announcement of a "new deal" to repair the UK economy, Mr Gething said it was a a challenge of "picking the rhetoric from reality".

He said there was "not a single penny of new investment" for Wales announced in Mr Johnson's speech.

"That isn't a new deal," he said.

He said he would welcome additional capital spending for Wales, but added ”that was not what today’s speech by the Prime Minister represents".

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