As Britain seeks to end the closure, one area creates special headaches for public health officials, scientists and politicians: Wales, and especially the old mining community.
This country is proportionally almost double the number of cases compared to other UK, while the mortality rate in and around the Rhondda Valley is also among the highest in the country.
In Wales, the latest figures show 409 cases per 100,000 population compared with 262 in England, 273 in Scotland and 247 in Northern Ireland.
On Sunday, Wales lost 1,267 people to Covid-19 from a population of just over three million. One-sixth of the fatalities came from Rhondda Cynon Taff, a county area that includes the Rhondda Valley.
The latest figures show that the Rhondda Cynon Taff positive test rate is 610 cases per 100,000 population. In total, 1,466 people have tested positive in a population of 240,000 and 224 people have died. It has the highest death rate in Wales at 93.28 deaths per 100,000, and is one of the highest in England.
Chris Bryant, Labor MP for the area, said: “Rhondda is the worst in the country. We are the worst, the worst, the worst. “Only Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, another former mining community, but with a much smaller population has proportionally more cases – 823.7 positive tests per 100,000.
While London and the southeastern parts of England contemplate life beyond lockdown, much of Wales remains in the grip of the virus, a very important transmission rate considered just below the magic number R of that captures exponential growth. .
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