Coronavirus update: 16 March

Posted on Tuesday 10th March 2020
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With the UK government moving to the “delay” phase of dealing with the outbreak, Newport City Council is following and implementing best practice as advised by the government and Public Health Wales.

We want to reassure residents that, in collaboration with our partners, all necessary steps will be taken to ensure the wellbeing of our communities.

At the moment council services remain open. Following the government announcement today (Monday 16 March), we will be assessing the position and making further detailed announcements tomorrow.

Government guidance is that schools should remain open for the time being. The message to parents is that, as in other areas of Wales, schools will open tomorrow as normal and the position will be kept under continuous review.

Residents are urged to follow the Government’s revised social distancing guidelines and anyone who is experiencing symptoms should continue to follow Public Health Wales advice which can be found here:

As an organisation, Newport City Council will manage its response to ensure essential services are maintained in challenging circumstances and will continue to review as the situation develops.

On Friday (13 March) Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services has also detailed the actions our health and social care system will take as we move to the "delay" phase of COVID-19.

Steps will include suspending non-urgent outpatient appointments, surgical admissions and procedures. Health boards and health care providers will begin to contact anyone affected by these decisions over the coming days as these actions are phased in. Access to cancer and other essential treatments will be maintained.

Read the full statement:

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