"This is a difficult decision which no one should have to make.". Later.' Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. Alert level four (very high risk) – restrictions at this level are equivalent to a lockdown and reflect the seriousness of the situation. It shows the additional £1.5b allocated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, reflecting changes over the last four months since the First Supplementary Budget (published 27 May) (‘FSB’). Asked whether schools will close early before Christmas, as the UCAC teaching union has requested, Mr Drakeford said: "That's not our intention.". However, the latest calculations suggest R is now as high as 1.4 in Wales. 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The Welsh Government announced on 9 July that all pupils would return to schools on a full-time basis from the start of the new term on 1 September, subject to coronavirus transmission conditions. He said it is speeding up as we move further into winter, adding that we can prepare responsibly for Christmas with the actions we take now. On Tuesday 20 October, the Welsh Government published an early Second Supplementary Budget 2020-21. The First Minister said that yesterday, he chaired a meeting of the Social Partnership Council for Wales where attendees heard, first hand, of the toll coronavirus is taking on NHS colleagues. Wales is currently at alert level three. Latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Friday show 1,105 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales – a slight decrease from the 1,251 cases reported on Thursday. ... have kept the spread of Covid-19 under check. This equates to an increase of 6.9%. He said this is further evidence that coronavirus is circulating widely and quickly in our communities. Welsh Government to reveal new Covid-19 'control plan' RECAP: Coronavirus update as schools close early for Christmas. Mr Drakeford said he is "very committed" to having an election in May of next year, adding that the Senedd needs a "democratic refresh". He said it would not be "sensible" to rule out anything, given the "rapidity with which the pattern changes and the speed at which this virus can move". Covid-19: Welsh Government update. You can find all our coronavirus related news updates listed at the bottom of this page. AN UPDATED version of Wales’ Covid-19 control plan will be published next week, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. South Wales Police say they will use the powers to try to ensure those visiting the city centre are not breaching any coronavirus rules. It comes after a weekend of "chaos" in the city, where police believe people from other parts of the UK "migrated" into the Welsh capital to enjoy the open shops, restaurants and pubs. for people who are asked to self-isolate in Wales. Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom. 09 November: Bulletin - Firebreak lockdown in Wales ends. A further 21 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,100 new positive cases have been confirmed. "We have a single tier in Wales, that is how i would describe it," he said. Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others for everyone in the UK. You can see the details of his announcement here and follow live updates from the questions and answers below. Asked whether Wales would be less likely to turn to a fire-break lockdown in the future, due to how quickly the virus has made a comeback in the community, Mr Drakeford said: "I think the firebreak figures we have and the advice we have is that the firebreak achieved everything we hoped of it.". Mr Drakeford said this is all the more important because this is the most intense period of the year for the NHS. Regular coronavirus testing will be rolled out in schools and colleges across Wales from January, the Welsh Government has announced. Coronavirus news – latest UK updates: Britain records 20,890 new COVID-19 infections and 102 deaths . Covid-19: Welsh Government update. He said the Government remains in discussion with local education authorities and teaching unions, but it has been important to the Government throughout the pandemic to prioritise the education of children. He said he understands this is causing "great anxiety" for people in the sector, but he said it's worth waiting the extra days to make sure there is a better set of detailed arrangements for those affected. He said it was understood that a heavily restricted period "was simply not going to be observed". "We were very likely to see people just making the rules for themselves," he said, adding that this would have made the risks higher. Following the recent announcement from the First Minister of Wales yesterday (19 th October) about Wales entering a national fire-break lockdown starting from 6pm, this Friday 23 rd October to 9 th November, Welsh Cycling wanted to provide an update.. For the latest regulations and guidance from the Welsh Government, please refer to their FAQ page here. "This week we have seen restrictions tightened and extended in many countries across Europe," he said. There were also 21 new confirmed deaths in people who had tested positive for the virus. Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app and how it works. Mr Drakeford sad any additional actions Wales will take will build on the SAGE advice, but will be "bespoke to our unique circumstances". The Welsh Government is calling on people, businesses and organisations across Wales to help shape a new strategy setting out how digital, data, technology and AI can improve lives, drive sustainability and grow the economy. Follow along for live updates from 12.15pm. "We too now have to use the coming weeks to reduce the spread of the virus and create more headroom for the Christmas period," he said. Everyone living or working in the lower Cynon Valley will be offered a coronavirus test, becoming the second area in Wales to introduce mass testing after Merthyr Tydfil. First Minister Mark Drakeford said new restrictions were needed as the R number had reached 1.4 and coronavirus infections were increasing again. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. We are continuing to stay engaged with our online customers via our social media platforms, keeping messages in line with government guidance regarding non-essential travel, encouraging the public to #StayHome #StaySafe and #ProtectOurNHS. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. Defending the decision not to impose local restrictions, Mr Drakeford said there is still variation between infection rates in different local authorities, but the "underlying pattern is quite similar across Wales". "This shows just how quickly the situation can change with coronavirus," he said. 06 November: Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update The plan sets out in detail how national measures will be introduced in a more uniform and predictable way, depending on a range of indicators, including the level of the virus in Wales and the risk of infection. Data showed a clear fall in coronavirus cases after the fire-break, he said, but yesterday, 16 of Wales’ 22 local authority areas recorded rises in the seven-day rolling case rate. The Welsh Government health minister is set to give an update on the coronavirus situation in Wales. Like almost every country in the world, we have put restrictions in place to control the spread of this deadly virus. This site is part of Newsquest's audited local newspaper network. He said and the latest figures from the NHS show there are more than 1,700 people with coronavirus in hospital in Wales. Vaughan Gething will address the country at … Mr Drakeford said the R number in Wales was now as high as 1.4 meaning the virus is spreading exponentially again and Wales had to act to create enough headroom to allow the rules to be relaxed at Christmas. See the latest advice from NHS Direct Wales and use the Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker. 20.10.2020 - Welsh Cycling update. A further 2,494 coronavirus cases have been confirmed today. Cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues will also have to close as Wales tries to bring down the rate at which coronavirus infections are increasing. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He said it was important to act now in area where rates are lower. The First Minster said none of us want to see further restrictions on our daily lives or economy, but we are facing a virus, which is "both cruel and relentless, especially in its pursuit of the most vulnerable". Police in the capital city were worried about people crossing the border to take advantage of the sales, and have extra powers throughout the weekend to carry out random car checks to ensure no coronavirus rules are being breached. Tougher enforcement action is expected in Cardiff today (November 27) after a chaotic weekend which saw people from locked-down parts of the UK travelling to visit the city. The number of people with coronavirus, including those recovering in hospital, has slowed but not fallen back, he said. GP practices in more than … Extended opening hours at polling stations are also being discussed, he said. They agreed a five-day period between December 23 and 27, he said, where travel restrictions would be lifted across the UK and up to three households would be able to form a Christmas bubble. "For many, many people Christmas is a very special time in their lives and even more so this year because of the way they have not been able to spend time in the company of friends and relatives," Mr Drakeford said. First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “This has been a truly challenging year. This article was last updated on 24 June 2020. "A rise of over 1,000 people additionally in our hospitals putting enormous pressure on services and staff," he said. Asked for an update on the outbreak at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Mr Drakeford said there have been 80-90 patient cases in the Maelor itself. This … It will be held virtually, but public comments will be allowed. Covid-19: Welsh Government update. Police have been given extra powers to carry out random checks on vehicles in Cardiff following a chaotic weekend which saw people from locked-down parts of the UK visit the city. The First Minister is now taking questions from reporters. The plan sets out four alert levels – from alert level one to alert level four: Alert level one (low-risk) – this represents the closest to normality we are likely to have before the summer and the widespread take-up of vaccinations. 12 November: Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update. The latest coronavirus updates as England's new tier system comes into force and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved for use in the UK. He said the UK Government has announced a strengthened tier regime, which comes into force in England from Wednesday, today Northern Ireland starts a new two-week lockdown and Scotland has extended the highest level restrictions. He said the industry made clear the importance of giving them time to prepare for the changes. More details about the restrictions on hospitality businesses will be announced on Monday along with a financial support package, Mr Drakeford said. COVID-19 Update - Welsh Representative Fixtures 25/03/2020 00:00, In Blog / The following Welsh Representative fixtures are either cancelled or postponed for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis: All residents and workers without symptoms will be offered repeat coronavirus testing between Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 20, to help find more positive cases and break the chains of transmission. It comes as the Prime Minister announced earlier this week that all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2. The plan sets out in detail how national measures will be introduced in a more uniform and predictable way, depending on a range of indicators, including the level of the virus in Wales and the risk of infection. "We don't lose out on any UK systems by having a single tier for Wales, so there's no disadvantage to us in that. 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