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Four more areas in Wales to enter local lockdown after ‘worrying and rapid rise’ in infections

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Four more areas in Wales are going to be placed under a local lockdown from 6pm tomorrow.

Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Blaenau Gwent will face tougher restrictions after a "worrying and rapid rise" in coronavirus infections.

The rules will prevent people from entering or leaving these areas without a reasonable excuse. Gatherings will only allowed outdoors – and indoor meetings of extended families will be prohibited.

All Licensed premises will have to close at 100pm.

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Health minister Vaughan Gething said many cases had been linked to people socialising indoors without physical distancing.

"It's always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities," he said.

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It came after Nicola Sturgeon said she expects more restrictions to be put in place in Scotland this week – with or without four-nation alignment.

And Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance had earlier announced that there could be 49,000 new cases of coronavirus a day by mid-October unless infection rates slow down.

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