It is a gray and rainy day in the town of Lockdown Down in EBBW Val, Belena Gowant, in this borough with the lowest rate of Covid-19 in Wales and UK.
Many residents here have fears about what it might mean for them to be the most infected borough in Wales, but others feel a growing sense of frustration as local restrictions continue.
According to Public Health Wells, the bureau has 27.4 positive results per 100,000 people this week.
This means Belena Gowant is not only the worst coveted place in Wales, but also the hardest hit area in the UK. Some days, it has had the highest rate depending on the level being reported at Burnley, Liverpool or Bolton.
While the region saw the highest percentage of tests returning about 10% positive results for Wales last week, there could be some more cases that are not being picked up.
Liverpool is one of the most cowardly areas in England in seven cases per seven million people in seven days.
Sendad member Alun Davis said it would spread the virus rapidly through the tight-knit community of Blaena Gowant, and that people should take social distance seriously to avoid the need for even tougher lockdown measures.
We asked the residents of ABW Val to listen to their views at this time.
Ith9-year-old Keith Davis has owned a piece of furniture on the high street of Ebw Valle for more than 40 years and says he felt a sense of frustration when Blaina Gowant went on a second lockdown last week.
He said: “It’s definitely a frustration for people in the area because we’re used to going out and doing what we want, so it’s hard to go back to lockdown.
“It’s annoying that we must have done it, but the infection rate here was very low when we took it seriously in the summer months, so I’m hopeful that if we take it seriously again, we’ll start to see numbers. Read quite quickly.
“Honestly I was a little upset when I heard we got the most cases in Wales, but at the moment I don’t think it helps. As soon as the rules start to get easier people start working on things” and we just catch up. I think I read it. “
Blaine Gowant’s cases have started in separate clusters with pubs, linked homes and a mental health facility at Ysbyty’r Tri Chwm in a wide school.
However, the virus is now spreading in the community in one of Wales’ smallest of 9,000 population councils.
Dr Giri Shankar had earlier told WalesOnline: “Initially we had a bunch of incidents around a pub, and there was a lot of communication between the pub owners, a lot of communication was needed to be self-isolated.
“There were a lot of pub clusters and then there were a lot of other places where things were happening. .
He said the public health agency was now actively searching for cases: “There was a mobile testing unit, which had such easy access testing steps for testing that it means we’re trying harder to find cases. Because we’re looking harder, we’re outnumbered.” Searching “
Kim Maguire, 57, owns his John Jenkins gift shop and said he was a little disappointed with the situation but was more nervous about living in a place where the virus is spreading so quickly in the area.
He said: “I was surprised to hear that Blaena Gwant had become the worst in Wales in the last few weeks because we seemed to have done quite well when we first closed earlier this year.
“Certainly it’s sad for the region to get this name, but locals and locals are also more afraid than concerned that they and their families are worried about it.”
Joe Thomas, who is on his way to the town of ABW Valley from nearby Glinkoed, says he is completely confused and skeptical about how the government has handled the situation and wants more clarity on how the numbers really mean.
“We are now in a situation where two and two are not making four, and for all the residents of Bleuna Goent who are completely confused with the current limitations, this is a difficult time,” he said.
“I would say the Welsh government as a whole has improved a bit compared to the UK, but to be honest we are getting a lot of opposition messages that I am not surprised to hear that the numbers are back here and elsewhere.
“Personally I don’t know anyone who has been infected with the virus myself and we are strictly following the given rules, so I have to wonder if the cases here are now the result of further scrutiny?”
Blaina Gowant MS Alun Davis was quick to dispel these concerns and was keen to encourage people to take action as intensively as possible to avoid further restrictions in the borough.
He said: “I’ve heard some people talk about more cases coming up as a result of further tests, but I want people to know that this is not the case at all.
“Tests show that we have a high rate of infection in Blaena Gowant at the moment, almost double the average in the rest of Wales, so we have to deal with it.
“There are a lot of small tight communities in the area, so infectious viruses like Kovid-19 can cause them to spread very quickly.
“But we have a great record of being pulled together at Blaena Gowant, so I’m sure we’ll be able to reduce the numbers, as has been the case in other lockdown boroughs like Kerfili.
“If it doesn’t come down, we need to impose deeper sanctions on the region, but thankfully we’re not getting there yet.”
On behalf of Paula Coleman, although she says she is taking these new steps seriously, she is very concerned about the impact this could have on her popular skin care store on Bethker Street.
He said: “At the moment I am very concerned about the viral situation and also have a concern for my business. We usually have regular buyers who come by bus from Meth or Rimoni who will not be able to come now, and it will have a big impact.
“It’s a crazy time, and for the most part we don’t want to go back. In most cases it’s named as part of Wales, so it’s a scare.
Wayne Dance has spent his entire life at CW and says that both the government and the local people must take responsibility for the way things have gotten out of control in Blaena Gেন্টnte as things continue to improve.
He said: “I have lived in CW all my life, and I think we always have this feeling of safety and security on the way out of the valleys, but with this virus it is on our doorstep.
“People certainly haven’t taken it seriously lately with trips to shops and pubs, but there’s been a lot of mixed messages from the Welsh and UK governments that you can’t just blame people.
“I’m not one to point the finger, but I want to be a little clearer about why we have the most cases in Wales and how we have this happen.”