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May 2020

COVID-19 cases in Rhondda Cynon Taf

This is a list of daily COVID-19 cases in Rhondda Cynon Taf  compiled by @LloydCymru taken from his Twitter account






Police are concerned for the welfare of a woman who may have been assaulted in the Abercynon area earlier today.

She was with a man who was dressed in a white Nike vest at approximately 1pm in Nash Street.Officers have manage to get CCTV footage of the woman from a nearby shop.She is urged to get in touch to confirm she is safe and well.Anybody who may have seen them or who knows where they are is urged to

RCT Council funding for highways and transportation in 2020/21

Welsh Government has awarded the Council £3.358m of highways and transportation funding for 2020/21, to invest in park and ride schemes, bus stops and road safety – and to further develop major highway investments in Coed Ely, Llanharan and upper Cynon Valley. 

Covid-19: Have your say on Welsh Ambulance Service’s response

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is asking the public to have a say on its response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Alarm sounded at hasty decision to press ahead with decision on future of Royal Glamorgan A&E

The Campaign to Save Royal Glamorgan Hospital A&E (SRGAE) is sounding the alarm at a decision by Cwm Taf University Health Board to press ahead with making a firm decision on the future status of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Accident & Emergency department at its meeting in June.

Diabetes UK Cymru urges people with diabetes to look after their feet to prevent amputations during the pandemic

Diabetes UK is urging people with diabetes to look after their feet during lockdown and to seek medical help urgently if they notice anything unusual.

Jail for two drug dealers caught with four kilos of cocaine

Two drug suppliers from Rhondda Cynon Taf have been jailed for a total of 12 years following a police investigation by South Wales Police’s Organised Crime Unit.Paul Taylor, 51, of Deer Road, Llantwit Fadre and Mark Dobbin, 53, of Dan Caerlan, Llantrisant, were both jailed for six years at Cardif

Covid-19: ‘Labour’s borrow-and-spend policy is neither bold, nor innovative, but potentially dangerous’

The Shadow Finance Minister, Nick Ramsay MS, has expressed his concern at the Supplementary Budget announced today (May 27), describing elements of it as “potentially dangerous”.

Covid ward role for health visitor Nicole

A Rhondda health visitor is back in her community after spending two weeks working on a Covid ITU ward.

Covid-19: No improvement in testing capacity in Wales – again

Janet Finch-Saunders MS, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Care, has reacted with concern to the announcement today (May 26) that daily testing capacity for Covid-19 in Wales is still at 5,330 – which it has been for a fortnight – and that actual tests carried out have just exceeded 3

Quick thinking from a bank clerk led to the arrest of two men on suspicion of committing fraud by false representation on Wednesday, 20 May.

Officers managed to catch up with two men near the house of an elderly woman as they waited for her to return home in Rhondda.The woman, 71, had gone to the bank to withdraw money – payment for them to clean her patio.But when the woman tried to withdraw hundreds of pounds, the bank clerk became

A Welcome Sight

Many outpatient clinics are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and services in the NHS have had to find innovative ways in which to engage with patients to maintain and provide treatment.

Gaynor Power is ordinarily a pre-assessment nurse at Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, assessing patients before elective surgery.

“Nothing can prepare you” – what it’s really like to work in a Covid ITU

If the warm weather is tempting you to bend the lockdown restrictions this weekend, reading the reality of the twelve and a half hour shifts that staff in our Covid19 ITU departments are working might make you think twice and

Local Transport Grants and Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Transformation Fund allocations to Local Authorities 2020-21

Skates  Minister for Economy, Transport I am allocating £30,780 million in transport grants to local authorities across Wales for schemes that support my economic priorities for jobs and growth, promote economic activity through improved access to employment, encourage active and sustainable trav

Covid-19: ‘Sadness and anger’ over care home testing scandal

Commenting on the news that the Welsh Labour Government has been reported over alleged breaches of human rights in care homes, Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Older People – said:

NYAS Cymru releases a new report on care-experienced children and young people

NYAS Cymru has released a new report on care-experienced children and young people’s perspectives and experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Read it here: 

Abacare welcomes one-off payment for Welsh social care workers

AN AWARD-WINNING Welsh care agency says it welcomes the recent (May, 2020) announcement from the Welsh government of a £500 one-off bonus payment for social care workers.


Aberdare volunteer fundraising group celebrates 25th anniversary and raising more than £162,000 for Tenovus Cancer Care

Tenovus Cancer Care has thanked its Aberdare Friends of Tenovus group as they get set to celebrate their 25th anniversary.


The fundraising group was set up in 1995 by the then-Chair Alison Isaac, who had lost her father to cancer.


Calls for legislation to protect and promote the rights of older people

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Social Care and Older People – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has responded to the statement made today by the Welsh Government calling for older people’s rights to be protected in law.

RCT Council Cabinet to consider significant response to Coronavirus pandemic

Cabinet Members will this week receive a formal report from Officers on the Council’s significant and wide-ranging response to the Coronavirus national emergency – along with the key tasks it faces over the coming weeks and months. 

Order will be to temporarily close Mountain Ash Bridge,




Older people's rights and coronavirus Welsh Government

Coronavirus has affected all aspects of our lives. We have all been affected by the virus and the unprecedented restrictions we have needed to put in place to slow its spread and protect all of us.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Scheme to launch in May

A new online service will launch on May 26 for small and medium sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the Government has announced today.

Covid-19: ‘Latest ONS figures show signs for cautious welcome’

Commenting on the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), published today, which show the Covid-19 related deaths up to May 8 (but registered up to May 16), the Shadow Health Minister – Angela Burns MS – said:

RCT Council to hold formal meetings via video conferencing

The Council is finalising arrangements for formal committee meetings to resume via video conferencing – with the first meeting scheduled for this week. 

Help Us Keep our Children Safe

Due to the current lockdown, as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency, thousands of children within Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend, are remaining at home - which unfortunately is not always the safest place for some.

Rogue Traders operating in your area...

Residents are urged to be alert to rogue traders have been busy across the valleys.They’ve been targeting elderly residents, offering to complete basic gardening and cleaning work for inflated prices.One elderly woman in the Taf sector was duped into handing over nearly £2,000 to men who said the

Written Statement: By Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services Covid-19 Testing

Today, 18 May 2020 the 4 Governments across the UK will be opening a new website for people with symptoms of coronavirus eligible to book a home test.

Covid-19: Testing for everyone over five years old given go ahead. Shadow Minister reacts

Commenting, Angela Burns MS - the Shadow Health Minister - said:

"Knowledge of and full, detailed figures on the numbers of cases are vital for the virus to be monitored so that other measures and policies can be brought in on the back of the data collected.

SALT makes a difference!

Speech and Language Therapists (SALT) have always had a key role to play in supporting any patient in a critical care environment, by supporting rehabilitation of their communication, swallowing disorders and respiratory management.

Providing Vital Care In Our Communities

Caring for the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes and allowing them to live independently remains a vital priority for the Council during this difficult time.

University and College Union comment on new education guidance for Wales

The University and College Union (UCU) said today (Friday) that protecting the health and safety of staff and students must be the number one priority for colleges in Wales.

BMA Cymru Wales response to Welsh Government’s lockdown exit strategy

Commenting on Welsh Government’s plan ‘Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation’, Dr David Bailey, BMA Welsh Council chair said:“BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the cautious approach outlined today by the First Minister, which lays out a traffic light system that will help the publ

‘The Welsh Labour Government’s plan is a roadmap to a cul-de-sac’

Paul Davies MS – the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – has denounced the First Minister’s plan for exiting lockdown as “… a roadmap to a cul-de-sac, not a roadmap to recovery”.

RCT Council Leader Provides Service Update

Following the minor amendments to the Stay at Home regulations made by the Welsh Government, the Leader of the Council has issued an update on the progress of reopening the Council’s Community Recycling Centres and Libraries.

Coronavirus crime…..

Coronavirus is a worry for us all. Now there are fraudsters and scammers who want to profit from our fears and steal your money. But we’re onto them! Together, we can stop them.

National Lockdown Survey: Children and Young People’s views

Children in Wales, in partnership with the Welsh Government, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and the Youth Parliament for Wales has launched a national survey to gather the views of children and young people about how they’ve felt about lockdown.

CTM joins fight against Coronavirus in ground-breaking new study

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB has joined the fight against Coronavirus by recruiting COVID-19 patients to participate in a ground-breaking new study of the disease.

Off duty officer picks up a suspected drug dealer while out shopping...

The actions of an off duty officer in Pontypridd led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and the seizure of cash and drugs on Tuesday (12 May). The alert officer noticed a man on an off road bike, acting suspiciously in the car park of Sainsbury's at approximately 7pm.

The poor supply of personal protective equipment continues to place doctors at risk of death in the frontline fight against COVID-19

The poor supply of personal protective equipment continues to place doctors at risk of death in the frontline fight against COVID-19 – and many feel pressured to stay silent for fear of repercussions. Keith Cooper reportsPublished: Monday 11 May 2020

Statistics indicate that Covid-19 poses increased risk to social care workers

The Welsh Conservatives Shadow Minister for Social Care – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has today (May 11) expressed her alarm at statistics indicating that social care workers are at an increased risk of Covid-19 related death, when compared to other occupations.  

Maxillo Facial department’s 3D printing innovation recognised throughout UK

During the COVID-19 crisis staff throughout Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB have displayed amazing resilience and adapted to new ways of working.  

Covid-19: 'Engagement with all governments in the UK is critical'

Commenting on today’s announcement by the First Minister, Paul Davies MS – the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – said:

Monmouthshire Building Society Donates over £12,000 to Shelter Cymru

Monmouthshire Building Society has donated £12,033 to their 2019/20 Charity of the Year, Shelter Cymru.

A call for a special committee to look at the Welsh Government’s response to Covid-19.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament, Paul Davies MS, has written to the Welsh Parliament’s Presiding Officer asking her to explore the formation of a special committee to look at the Welsh Government’s response to Covid-19.

Just what is going on with Public Health Wales?

Angela Burns MS – the Shadow Health Minister – has reacted with shock to a statement during today’s Health, Social Care, and Sport Committee session from Dr Tracey Cooper Chief Executive of Public Health Wales, in which she repeatedly  said the organisation was ‘not familiar’ of the Welsh

RCT Food Distribution Centre

Hundreds of Council workers have been redeployed into other service areas during the Coronavirus national emergency, assisting frontline key workers in providing a valuable service to the most vulnerable in our communities who need it the most.

RCT school staff producing protective visors for essential workers

Staff in a number of our secondary schools are producing vital protective visors to help key workers and frontline staff stay safe – and here are some of the invaluable projects from Pontypridd, Aberdare, Treorchy, Pontyclun and Church Village. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Pharmacy staff are supporting their nursing colleagues

Medicines Management teams across Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board have been responding to the unique challenges of the coronavirus crisis.

Socially distant but always on duty - using technology to catch waste criminals

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is using high-tech surveillance techniques to tackle unscrupulous waste operators seeking to take advantage of the Coronavirus crisis.


A carer’s poem about her job has been brought to life in the form of a television advert, created by the WeCare Wales campaign.

RCT Residents Urged to Not Waste Their Waste

Thank you to RCT residents who are recycling more than ever during these unprecedented times – we are continuing to collect tonnes of recycling every week and the Council’s Streetcare team are going above and beyond to ensure that collections continue.

A drive-through Coronavirus testing facility will open this week at Abercynon Park & Ride Overflow Car Park

A drive-through Coronavirus testing facility will open this week at Abercynon Park & Ride Overflow Car Park as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other essential workers. 


Children of all ages and their parents have come together to say a big “Diolch” to the people that work in the early years, childcare and playwork sectors in a WeCare Wales video.

Covid-19: Speak to their GP over shielding letters Shadow Health Minister

The Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister has broadly welcomed the announcement that a new raft of shielding letters has been issued.

Angela Burns AM said:

‘Welsh Government must get a grip of the situation and increase testing’ – calls AM

The Shadow Minister for Health, Angela Burns AM, has welcomed the increase in the number of tests for healthcare and care home workers - but has warned that more is needed.

She said: “Increasing testing capacity is instrumental and I have been raising this point for many weeks.

Please Clean Up After Your Dog!

Dog owners in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being reminded to be responsible and clean up after their dogs. 

RCT Council thanks Rhondda company for supplying visors for key workers

The Council has thanked a Rhondda company for its hard work which has helped provide our frontline staff with 10,000 protective visors so far – with a further 20,000 units currently on order.

Speaking up - a joint statement by CIW and HIW

This is a joint statement shared with providers of health and social care from:

Lyndsey Wood returns to work

On Friday March 27th while working as a clerical officer in the endoscopy department Lyndsey felt unwell with a headache. Lyndsey thought it was a stress headache as she was very busy in work so went on with her day.

Izzy, wizzy, let’s get quizzy! Sooty hosts RNIB quiz for children across the nation

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging children across the UK to beat boredom by joining a Facebook Live quiz on 07 May hosted by the nation’s favourite magic bear.


Letter to editor: Reduce your risk of stroke

Dear Editor

Mealtimes will undoubtedly be a highlight of the day for many Wales’ residents during the coronavirus lockdown.

Sharing advice about keeping children safe online

The Council has issued some important advice to parents and carers about ensuring their children are staying safe online – as young people are more likely to be spending time using the Internet during the lockdown period. 

Covid-19: ‘Welsh Government has finally listened to our call to better support social care staff, but it must go further’

The Shadow Social Care Minister – Janet Finch-Saunders AM – has welcomed the announcement today (May 1) by the Welsh Government that it will give a £500 bonus to social care staff.

She said:

Window of gratitude to the NHS

Local business man, Richard Geleta, has donated a magnificent stain glass window to the staff of Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.