A national lockdown for Wales lasting weeks would be "disproportionate and damaging" to Powys, Montgomeryshire's MS and MP have said.

Conservative politicians Russell George MS and Craig Williams MP are calling on the Welsh Government to introduce hyper-local lockdowns to reduce the spread of coronavirus and minimise the impact on the economy and social restrictions.

Mr George said: "Any national lockdown would unnecessarily penalise the people of Powys from seeing their families and loved ones which would in turn have a detrimental effect on people's health.

"It will also prevent businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector, from recovering from a disappointing summer season so it is vital that the Welsh Government’s decisions to implement so-called 'circuit breakers' are proportionate to the threat and minimise damage to any hopes of economic recovery.

"An urban solution which may be suitable for south Wales isn't right for rural mid Wales.

"I believe that the earlier introduction of targeted, hyper-local lockdowns would have prevented the need for this kind of damaging national circuit breaker, helping to ensure proportionality in the response to local outbreaks as well as reducing the risk of clusters spreading to other parts of Wales."

Mr Williams added: "The people of Mid Wales have bent over backwards to ensure that the rate of infection is as low as possible which is why Russell and I are calling on the Welsh Government to protect lives and livelihoods by having a laser-like focus on those areas that require intervention as opposed to its current blanket approach.

"This will allow the Mid Wales economy to still function while ensuring that transmission does not spiral out of control - a more sustainable and effective way of tackling outbreaks whilst simultaneously helping the wider local area to recover socially and economically."