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This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 20 January 2021.


Latest update on Covid-19 cases in Swansea

New cases reported in the last seven days: 519

New cases reported per 100,000 in the last seven days: 210.1

By comparison in September, 2020, just before the area went into local lockdown, the rate for Swansea was 56 cases per 100,000.

Number of vaccinations in Swansea Bay Health Board area (Swansea and Neath Port Talbot): 23,076


Vaccinations in our communities

So far enough people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot have been vaccinated to more than fill the Liberty Stadium. It's also anticipated care home residents and staff will be vaccinated by the end of the month. The NHS will contact you when it's your turn to have your jab so you don't need to get in touch with them to check. To find out a bit more about how vaccinations are going, take a look at the Swansea Bay NHS Facebook page here: 


Got Covid-19 symptoms? Get tested

If you have a cough, high temperature or loss of taste and smell, it might be Covid-19 rather than the "usual winter cold". Best thing to do is get tested for the virus. There's more information here:


Let's work together to stop the spread

We need to keep working together to stop the spread of coronavirus by not meeting up with friends indoors or outdoors. Under the current rules you should not meet friends indoors or outdoors unless they are part of your support bubble. Let's work together to limit the spread of the virus.


Please keep your distance while out shopping

If you're heading for essential shopping today, please remember to keep two metres from other people while in the car park, in a queue or in the shop. If you can, shop on your own. Remember to follow the other hands-face-space rules, including wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.



Wearing facemasks in our buildings

COVID infection rates continue to be high in our communities thanks to new strains of the virus that are more easily transmissible. This means that we need to enhance the measures within Council premises to reduce the risk of transmission in the workplace.

Unless exempt, it is now mandatory for all staff to wear a facemask when in corridors and communal areas within Council buildings. This includes kitchens and mess rooms.
However, when seated in the communal kitchen or mess room taking a break, or when you are at your workstation, a facemask is not required.It is important that we all play our part in reducing risk of transmission and continue to adhere to the workplace control measures. Your ongoing support and cooperation through this pandemic is greatly appreciated. 

Previous statements issued by the council about service provision can be found here.

If you are concerned you may have coronavirus you can check your symptoms using NHS Direct Wales symptom checker.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker from NHS Direct Wales

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the advice on Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus from Welsh GovernmentOpens new window

You should only contact 111 if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

COVID-19 BSL Video from Public Health Wales

Coronavirus BSL video transcript

There are more BSL guides available on Public Health Wales Youtube account. These include guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, social distancing and shielding.

Learning Disability WalesOpens new window has useful resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including easy read guides.

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