Our Chief Medical Adviser in Wales believes the use of face masks offers very little benefit and can actually lead to more cases as people take more risks when wearing them.
Back in April we had 391 new cases in a day. Yesterday we had 13 new cases and the day before 12. Yesterday there were 6 cases in Swansea and 4 in Wrexham out of the 13. 5 of the 6 in Swansea were discovered by a mobile testing unit suggesting it was targeted possibly in a factory or farm setting. We do not have compulsory face mask wearing in shops.
In England and places like France the numbers have hugely increased despite people wearing face masks. UK has had over 1000 new cases yesterday and Sunday. Both were the highest figure since June.
Has Frank Atherton been proven right. Figures have been dropping in Wales without masks while increasing elsewhere wher masks are being used,
Here is the evidence showing the Wag's policy is right. Area - likely reproduction number (range of possibility) - Doubling/halving time for the number of new cases East Midlands - 0.9 (0.7-1.1) - halves in 27 days East of England - 0.7 (0.5-0.9) - halves in 9.7 days London - 0.8 (0.6 - 1.1) - halves in 20 days North East - 0.7 (0.5-1) - halves in 8. days North West - 0.8 (0.7-1) - halves in 17 days Northern Ireland - 0.9 (0.6-1.2) - halves in 27 days Scotland - 0.9 (0.6-1.1) - halves in 25 days South East - 0.9 (0.7-1) - halves in 21 days South West - 1 (0.7-1.3) - doubles in 90 days Wales - 0.7 (0.5-0.8) - halves in 7.8 days West Midlands - 0.8 (0.7-1) - halves in 18 days Yorkshire and The Humber - 0.8 (0.7-1) - halves in 16 days
My local rugby club has been undertaking a 1897 challenge. This was the year it was formed. The aim was to walk, run or cycle 1897 miles and this was passed on the first day. The aim was to raise funding for the local NHS board and mind. the original intention was to try and raise £1897 for local charities but it currently stands at £4480 towards the end of the second day. If anyone wishes to support these worthy causes there is a just giving page.
its been a great 2 days for the @TrebanosRugby and the effort has been fantastic by everyone, with words of support from rugby friends to match. We've past our target by some distance but this is now about raising as much money as we can for the NHS and MIND, so please help