Leader's Coronavirus Update: Friday, 16th October

Leader's Coronavirus Update: Friday, 16th October

Tuesday 27th Jul 2021

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday, 16th October, as follows:

‘Welcome to another of my Leader’s Updates and I hope you are keeping safe and well.

‘As I emphasised in a press release earlier this week, we are approaching a critical phase in the fight against coronavirus with confirmed cases growing steadily in our county.

‘Without wishing to sound alarmist, I described it as ‘crunch time’ because if we don’t follow the safety advice now there is a real possibility of entering an extended nationwide lockdown again.

‘The seriousness of the situation was reinforced at lunchtime today when the First Minister gave notice that Wales faces a two-week lockdown.

‘Describing it as a “fire-break”, Mark Drakeford said it would serve as a short, sharp shock to slow down he spread of the virus. He added a final decision would be made on Monday.

‘Meanwhile, Welsh Government plans to ban entry to people from other areas of the UK with high coronavirus rates come into force this evening

‘These latest developments coincide with Pembrokeshire’s schools breaking up for half-term from today.

‘We want everyone – including our school staff and pupils - to remain safe during the holiday and follow the message of Hands, Face and Space.

‘The number of social contacts we all have needs to remain small if we are to keep the spread of the virus under control.

‘It is vitally  important that during the two week half-term break we all follow the guidelines set out by Welsh Government on visiting other households, a link for which can be found towards the end of this message.

‘The following coronavirus-related press releases have been issued since my update last Friday:


·         Portfield School Closed:



·         Portfield School Update:



·         Pupils Urged To Wear Face Coverings On Buses:



·         ‘Crunch Time’ For Pembs:



·         Portfield School Closed All Week:



·         Local Bus Services Increasing:



·         Ysgol Bro Gwaun Covid Case:



·         Second Johnson School Case:



·         Enjoy Halloween Safely:



·         Year Groups Self-Isolate At Ysgol Harri Tudor:



·         Second Case At Ysgol Bro Gwaun:



·         Youth Team On The Road:



·         No Self-Isolation At Milford Primary:



·         No Self-Isolation For Ysgol Harri Tudor:



‘Public Health Wales (PHW) publishes an interactive daily dashboard of data about coronavirus cases across Wales broken down by health board and local authority area, at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary


‘PHW also provides a daily update focusing on key public health information and updates at: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/


‘Information about coronavirus is available here on the Welsh Government’s website: https://gov.wales/coronavirus


‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom


‘For service updates visit: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes


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