Commenting on the news that Welsh counties have some of the highest incidence rates in the UK, and with the national Wales-wide lockdown set to end on Monday, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS said:
“If Labour Ministers were to apply their Covid logic and policy consistently, they would be reconsidering their decision to ease restrictions in high-incidence areas in counties such as Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon Taf on Monday.
“Yesterday, the Welsh Labour-led Government announced that anyone coming back to Wales from Germany (seven-day case rate of 140 per 100,000) or Sweden (189) will now have to quarantine for 14 days, and we’ve seen travel bans placed on people from other areas in the UK with high rates of Coronavirus.
“Yet from Monday, people will be able to travel in and out of Merthyr Tydfil despite it now having the worst case rate for Covid-19 in the UK, with two other South Wales county areas also among the hardest-hit.
“There have been many quirks in the Labour administration Covid policy but many will question the wisdom of these decisions given previous proclamations from Labour ministers, and the pressure we are seeing in the one particular health board area of Cwm Taf.
“Welsh Conservatives have called for targeted intervention in the hot-spot areas in Wales and we once again repeat that call today.”
Matt Smith is a Conservative who stood for Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. He was a policy analyst at Vote Leave. He has written about Welsh politics for The Telegraph, Conhome, BrexitCentral, CAPX, GlobalVisionUK, Institute of Welsh Affairs and Gwydir. Read more about Welsh politics at www.mattsmith.org.uk/news.