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Powys urges potential visitors to stay away

A sign on the A470 near Pen y Fan, where all laybys are closed
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A sign on the A470 near Pen y Fan, where all laybys are closed

Potential visitors to Powys have been reminded that Covid-19 restrictions in Wales are different to those in England – with letters sent to holiday home owners urging them to stay away.

Powys county council leader, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, says Wales must “remain vigilant”.

“Any increase in the infection transfer rate triggered by ignoring social distancing and movement restrictions could have a devastating impact on the spread of coronavirus,” she said.

“A slight increase in the infection rate could see hundreds of lives lost across the county and I urge visitors to stay away.

“We have written to holiday home owners in the county reminding them of their responsibilities and urging them to stay away for now.

“We know it is tempting to come to Powys but now is not the time. We don’t want to risk a second infection wave – the consequences for our residents and economy are too horrible to contemplate.”

Herd of sheep flock to rugby field

A flock of sheep have been moved onto a Welsh rugby pitch during the coronavirus crisis while the sports fixtures are on hold.

WRU plate champions Brecon - coached by former Wales forward Andy Powell - have rented their Parc de Pugh pitch to club chairman and shepherd Paul Amphlett as a way to generate cash during the lockdown while his sheep cut and fertilise the grass.

The 57-year-old retired paramedic has now returned to work for the Welsh Ambulance Service to help fight coronavirus on the front line.

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Colleagues 'heartbroken' at care worker's death

Powys County Council has announced that one of its members of staff has died with suspected Covid-19.

Sharon Scanlon, 58, of Brecon, a member of the county council’s adult social care team, died today, the council said.

Married with two grown up children and a granddaughter, Mrs Scanlon had worked for the council for four years.

“She was a valued colleague and friend to many of us and will be greatly missed,” it said in a statement.

“All the staff at the council, and particularly the adult social care team, are completely heartbroken that their friend and colleague has died."

Sharon Scanlon
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Severe disruption: A40 Powys westbound

BBC News Travel

A40 Powys westbound severe disruption, between A470 and A470.

A40 Powys - A40 closed and queues westbound between Brynich Roundabout and Tarrell Roundabout, because of a landslip and result of storm Dennis.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A40 Powys both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Powys both ways severe disruption, from A470 to A470.

A40 Powys - A40 in Fennifach closed in both directions from Tarrell Roundabout to Brynich Roundabout, because of an obstruction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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