Welsh ministers fear England’s roadmap could lead to Covid resurgence

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Welsh ministers and health experts have expressed concern at the UK government’s target to lift all limits on socialising in England by June and insisted that reopening schools to all pupils at the same time was unsafe.

The Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, said he was worried that the UK government’s aspiration to restart international holiday flights by the end of May and for nightclubs in England to open by the end of June could lead to a resurgence in coronavirus.

“We simply can’t predict months and months into the future what the position will be with the spread of coronavirus,” Gething said. “To give somehow a baked-in roadmap with dates not data going into the middle of the summer I don’t think is the right approach.”

Gething described the UK’s decision to get all children back to school at the same time as the “big bang approach”. “We have made a deliberate choice to be faithful to the scientific evidence and public health advice,” he said. “Our risk appetite is different.”

The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, defended his country’s phased reintroduction of face-to-face learning, which means that some secondary pupils will not get back to the classroom until after Easter, more than a month later than their counterparts in England…

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