Wales ends 17-day ‘firebreak’ and brings in looser Covid measures

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Sumary of Wales ends 17-day ‘firebreak’ and brings in looser Covid measures:

  • Wales new national measures to combat coronavirus have come into force following the end of the country 17-day “firebreak”.
  • A 10pm curfew on alcohol sales will carry over from before the firebreak, with people required to prove their home address in bars following concerns people in England could flout its lockdown and travel to Wales for a drink..
  • UK coronavirus cases There are no restrictions on travel within Wales, but people will not be allowed to travel outside of the country unless for a reasonable purpose such as work..
  • Dr Frank Atherton, Wales’ chief medical officer, said that although the firebreak lockdown was over, people behaviour still needed to change..
  • When asked if people could be stopped travelling between England and Wales, Atherton said that with England under national lockdown there was no reason to cross the border..
  • “At the moment England is moving into its lockdown, so there no reason for people to travel from Wales into England..
  • In the final week of Wales lockdown, the number of Covid-19 hospital admissions surpassed the levels of the previous peak of the virus in April..
  • The Welsh government also faced calls to extend restrictions in areas of the south Wales valleys including Merthyr Tydfil – which became the worst-hit area of the UK last week with 741 cases per 100,000 people – transmission levels continue to rise..
  • • The need to maintain 2-metre social distancing and wear face masks in enclosed public places, including on public transport and taxis…

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