Wales lockdown: Ministers in ‘intense’ emergency meeting as coronavirus cases soar

Wales lockdown: Ministers in ‘intense’ emergency meeting as coronavirus cases soar

Tonight, ministers are expected to hold the cabinet meeting as they decide whether or not to impose further nationwide lockdown restrictions. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford will make an announcement tomorrow. While insisting no final decision has been made yet, information has pointed to a 16-day circuit breaker lockdown being introduced from the end of the week. A Welsh government spokesperson said: “We are actively considering advice from SAGE and our TAC Group. “A ‘fire break’ set of measures to control COVID-19, similar to that descried in the SAGE papers, is under consideration in Wales. “As the First Minister set out in his press conference on Friday, we have discussed this advice with stakeholders and partners. “But no decisions have been made.” Earlier this week, Wales banned parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from visiting the country. Mr Drakeford announced the new measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus after pleading with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose travel restrictions. The First Minister said: "We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher COVID infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them." READ MORE: Keir Starmer slapped down in fierce exchange over COVID rules Under the new rules, people will be banned from entering and leaving an affected area of Wales without a reasonable excuse such as work or education. People from areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with a high coronavirus infection rate will ...
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