Care home visits in two further counties in Wales have been suspended due a rise in positive cases of coronavirus.
Visits have been halted in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Carmarthenshire Council has said that their decision has been taken “after careful consideration” and that the reason behind the move is a rise in cases within the county, rather than specifically in care homes.
Ceredigion Council, meanwhile, has revealed that positive cases have been confirmed in two independent care homes in the Aberystwyth area. No residents have tested positive, but the council say action has been taken to suspend all visits “in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all our residents, staff and the public”.
The individuals who tested positive are being supported by the Ceredigion contact tracing team.
Care home visits have already been suspended in Rhonnda Cynon Taf and in Caerphilly.
The suspension in Carmarthenshire comes into effect at 7pm on Friday evening.
A spokeswoman for Carmarthenshire Council said: “As a precautionary measure due to a rise in the level of Covid-19 in the community, all residential care homes in Carmarthenshire have been asked to suspend visits for an initial period of two weeks.
“Staff have been asked to continue supporting families to visit relatives outside, so long as this is practical.
“This decision has been taken after careful consideration, and we appreciate that this will be disappointing for some families and residents. We thank everyone for their continued support.”
At Ceredigion Council, meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the council said: “We have taken this measure in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all our residents, staff and the public in unprecedented and ever-changing times.
“Looking after our care home residents is of paramount importance to us, therefore visits will be temporarily suspended.
“We understand how difficult this may be to relatives and residents, and they will continue to be able to communicate via telephone and video conferencing/Skype calls.
“We are extremely grateful for the co-operation shown by staff, care home residents and members of the public as we take every step to keep Ceredigion’s residents safe and well. We are also grateful for the cooperation of the private care homes who have also temporarily suspended all visits.”
Ceredigion Council added that it would continuously review the suspension of visits, which is effective immediately.