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NEWS ROUNDUP: Coronavirus infection rate is up & so are house prices


House prices in Wales are on the rise and coronavirus cases are increasing. 

The coronavirus infection rate in Wales is on the rise, with most areas seeing a jump in cases.

Sir Ddinbych still has the highest rate in the country, followed by Conwy. The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is currently treating the most covid patients.

The infection rate in Wales is now 169.3 per 100,000 people up to August 11.

18 of the 22 local authorities saw a rise in the weekly infection rate.

Objection to alcohol licence
Gwent police have objected to a 21 hour alcohol licence application from a garage in Rhymney. The force said that antisocial behaviour is already a problem in the area and that this could make it worse.
A representative of the applicant said that the antisocial behaviour is a decade old problem that isn't going to be helped by restricting a decent business.
Garage owner Nakendram Piratheepan originally wanted a 24-hour alcohol sale licence, but following a public consultation reduced it to 21 hours – between 5am and 2am.
Mr Piratheepan said one of the reasons for the request of the longer opening hours is to benefit from night-shift trade.

To combat the issue of antisocial behaviour, Mr Piratheepan has volunteered conditions to be placed on the licencing agreement.

The conditions include no single cans being sold and sales will be made through a hatch from 11pm. He will keep a list of ‘trouble makers’ who will not be served.

Despite Mr Piratheepan’s conditions, Gwent police said the extended hours he wants will have a detrimental effect on people in the area.

Soaring house prices
According to Righmove, Wales has seen the biggest increase in property prices anywhere in the UK.
First time buyers in Wales can expect to part with a whopping £162,000 if they hope to get on the property ladder, 5.4% more than last year.
Earlier this year, the Principality Building Society reported that average price in hit a peak of £215,810.

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