Cardiff and Vale University Health Board brings back face masks and social distancing after sharp rise in Covid cases

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Another Welsh health board has reintroduced face masks in all clinic settings unless exempt. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB) announced the reintroduction of face masks in all settings for both staff and patients.

The restrictions come into force immediately and have been brought back due to the rise of Covid-19 in the community. The announcement was made at 1pm on Monday, July 4, and was effective immediately.

Patients have also been asked to social distance where possible to help minimise the spread. CAVUHB’s announcement follows a decision by Hywel Dda University Health Board to reintroduce the wearing of face masks and stop on-ward visits with immediate effect at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

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Visiting at Withybush Hospitl has been stopped, except for end-of-life visits and any considered necessary in agreement with the sister or nurse in charge of the ward. Outpatient appointments must be attended alone unless the assistance of a carer or relative is necessary, but a designated partner can attend antenatal appointments or scans and when a mother is admitted in labour. Furthermore, all inpatients attending Withybush Hospital will be tested for Covid-19 upon admission.

Wales saw a sharp rise in its Covid infection rate likely to be driven by the Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5, new data has revealed. The latest update from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that one in 30 people in Wales, around 3.35% of the population, had the virus during the week ending June 24. What do you think about the reintroduction of masks? Let us know in the comments.

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A spokesperson for CAVUHB said: “Due to a continuing rise in the prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, healthcare staff and visitors are now required to wear a face covering in all our settings unless exempt.

“Please follow this guidance to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible.

“Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our guidance based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals. “

Lateral flow tests continue to be available to members of the public who are showing symptoms of coronavirus – such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. See the latest official list of Covid symptoms here.

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