CEREDIGION’S spike in Covid-19 cases is linked to the student population and “has not spread into the community.”

County council leader Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn said on Tuesday (October 6) that there had been 130 cases throughout the pandemic in Ceredigion with more test results awaited in the Aberystwyth area “as a result of the students that have been enjoying themselves on the beach.”

She told cabinet members: “The good news is that the outbreak among the students has not spread into the community. The cases have been limited to the campus and the student houses.”

Cllr ap Gwynn added that some face-to-face teaching was starting at Aberystwyth University but the “message has gone out that they have to be careful.”

At Tuesday’s virtual meeting, cabinet heard that the county’s schools all remained open, although Ysgol Gynradd Penllwyn, Capel Bangor had self-isolated for 14 days last month.

Additional resources for university towns had been made available from Welsh Government, with a walk-in test site in use in Aberystwyth as well as a drive-in centre.

There was also extra funding expected for contact and trace services, which had been “working hard” in Ceredigion.

Cllr ap Gwynn also clarified why the council had closed its leisure centres, referring to evidence of airborne spread of Covid-19.

Leisure centre users “exert more effort and there’s more of a danger you will transmit the virus to others nearby.”

‘Safe zones’ will continue in three county towns until the end of October half-term when consultation with business and the public on how to move on will be held, cabinet heard.