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How one small gathering had far-reaching consequences

A GATHERING of just four households in breach of the Covid regulations had a significant impact on the lives of other people as well as those attending the family event, Newport council has said.

Of the 11 individuals known to be there, nine tested positive with another one person waiting for results.  Contacts of these cases have also since tested positive

The circumstances came to light during contact tracing after a care home worker, who was one of those at the gathering, tested positive for Covid 19. 

As a result of further positive tests, children in school and a childcare setting had to self-isolate for 10 days.

Councillor Ray Truman, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for licensing, said: “I’m sure this family had no intention of disrupting other people’s lives or causing a risk to anyone’s health but it demonstrates how easily the virus can spread.

“As we move slowly into the easing of restrictions, we must continue to take care to follow all the necessary precautions to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.

“Following the rules, maintaining social distancing and good hygiene procedures will help to ensure that we can protect others, particularly the most vulnerable, and do our best to avoid further tighter restrictions or even another lockdown.”