Covid-19 cases in the Vale of Glamorgan have been increasing rapidly over the past week. The rate of new cases is now at 159.4 per 100,000 over the last 7 days, with the number of positive tests at 14.3%.

These figures are over the Welsh Government’s red alert thresholds and the continued increase in the number of cases is a cause for real concern. In recent days, the Cardiff and Vale Test, Trace and Protect Service has been working to identify what additional steps could be taken to support Vale residents.

It has been decided to establish a mobile testing unit within the Vale to make is as easy as possible for those residents that require a test to access one. The temporary facility, based in the Art Central gallery at King Square, will open to the public from today (Thursday 05 November). It will be in place for at least seven days.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council along with the Cardiff and Vale UHB are seeking to publicise the new testing centre as widely as possible. Full details are available on the Council’s website

The deployment of the mobile testing unit is one of a number of steps being taken to protect residents in the Vale from the pandemic. The Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) Service for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been rapidly expanded in recent weeks. Within this partnership the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Shared Regulatory Services, Cardiff & Vale UHB, Public Health Wales and Cardiff Council all continue to work together very effectively.

The need for people to adhere to the current Firebreak lockdown rules and the new national restrictions that will come into effect on Monday 09 November is crucial. The Vale are currently working closely with South Wales Police to ensure the current restrictions are being effectively enforced.