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People told not to leave as Cardiff and Swansea go into lockdown

Cardiff and Swansea will go into local lockdowns from 6pm on Sunday, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Under the restrictions, people will not be able to enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse.

They will not be able to meet indoors with anyone they do not live with, with extended households suspended.

People must work from home when possible, health minister Vaughan Gething told a press conference in Cardiff.

The town of Llanelli will go into local lockdown on Saturday at 6pm.

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Mr Gething warned people not to have a ‘big blowout’ over the weekend before restrictions come into force at 6pm on Sunday.

He said the Welsh Government was acting in a more localised basis for the first time in Llanelli ‘because the transmission of coronavirus is concentrated on the town itself’.

‘Introducing restrictions in any parts of Wales is always an incredibly difficult decision for us to make – having to introduce these restrictions in our biggest cities, including our capital, is another sombre milestone in a difficult year,’ Mr Gething said.

‘We’re acting to protect people’s health and to try and break the chain of transmission and stop the situation from getting worse.’

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