This virus thrives wherever we come together with others.". We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Use the Eligibility Checker now to review the criteria prior to its opening. Describing the situation as “incredibly serious”, the Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, accepted more restrictions might be needed, possibly even before Christmas. The First Minister expressed growing concern that cases could surpass 2,500 by Christmas Day if the current rate continued. You can unsubscribe at any time. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. But the Welsh government has since conceded that it might have been better to bring in other curbs when the firebreak was lifted. 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Several other schools took the decision to close into their own hands, and the Welsh government felt considerable pressure with the infection rate rising in the lead up to the easing of lockdown over Christmas. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Swansea Bay university health board’s public health director, Dr Keith Reid, warned that Covid cases in the area could reach “catastrophic levels” unless people followed social distancing rules and said the health system would be overwhelmed if cases continued to increase at the current rate. Second firebreak lockdown in Wales not ruled out amid warnings of Christmas 'catastrophe' 7 December 2020, 19:13. Previously travel in and out of Wales was only allowed for "essential purposes", such as education, work or caring responsibilities. Under new rules, cafes, restaurants and pubs cannot serve alcohol and must close at 6pm - but may continue takeaways - and cinemas, skating rinks and museums have shut completely. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3 People … Daily figures pass more than 2,000 Covid cases and 29 deaths in Wales as FM rules out pre-Christmas lockdown. These new measures are similar to level 3 restrictions in Scotland. It has been a little over a month since Wales came out of its 17-day firebreak lockdown. Wales could move to lockdown after Christmas, Mark Drakeford says UK News Published: Dec 11, 2020 Last Updated: Dec 11, 2020 The Welsh First Minister described the Covid-19 … Find out more, Stop wasting billions on testing. Gething said there were eight local authorities with rates higher than 400 cases for every 100,000 people – four times as many areas as on Friday. Mon 7 Dec 2020 10.37 EST 18 Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in … Children benefit from being with their peers" he added. This grant is to support businesses impacted by the restrictions introduced on 4 December 2020. All secondary schools and further education colleges in Wales will transition to online classes from Monday December 14, the Education Minister announced on Dec 10. “Sadly, we are seeing a return to the very high rates of more than 500 in Blaenau Gwent and 600 in Neath Port Talbot [both areas of south Wales],” he said. Please think carefully about where you are going and what you are doing. "The plan sets out four alert levels. Picture: PA Images By Ewan Quayle @EQjourno. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. Coronavirus Article Bar with counter.. Dr Dave Jones, the clinical director for intensive care at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, said the Covid-19 situation was now "far worse" than he had previously imagined, during a Channel 4 news report on Dec 9. Gething said effects from the new measures would not be seen for a fortnight. An intensive care doctor said allowing people to mix over Christmas will "pour petrol on an already burning fire.". COVID-19. The decision has been criticised by the Children's Commissioner for Wales as disruptive to education. This applies to people who have symptoms, test positive, were in close contact with someone who displays symptoms or tested positive, or people who are returning from a non-exempt country. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown … These measures will be in place from 6pm Friday 4 December until such time as the situation changes. coronavirus. We’re actively considering what we may need to do after the Christmas period.”. In a statement, the Cabinet Office “emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact”. The country has reached 1,900 Covid-related hospital admissions for the first time during the pandemic, Drakeford announced in the government briefing. No … The Welsh Government has also asked people to maintain social distancing and to stop booking multiple tables in pubs and then pushing the chairs together. Les plus récentes données sur l'évolution de la COVID-19, au Québec, font état de 1 564 nouveaux cas, pour un nombre total de personnes infectées de 154 740. From Friday, people in Wales will be able to travel to tier one and tier two areas in England and Scotland. Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas. At a press conference on Monday, Gething said coronavirus cases were rising again across almost the whole of Wales. In recent weeks, shopping centres in Wales have been busy and there is fear that the virus is being transmitted in homes with the cold weather discouraging people from meeting outside. We’re still committed to doing everything we can to keep Wales safe.”. Public health bosses have spoken out following a surge in Covid-19 cases. UK gambling faces another shock as First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirms that the country will enter a ‘time-limited firebreak’ from 6pm on Friday. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. Mr Drakeford said at a press conference on Dec 4 that the situation in Wales remained "very serious" and that the Government was using measures seen in other parts of the UK in a bid to drive cases down. From Friday 4 December, there are new guidelines on visiting places in Wales. But his officials haven’t ruled out tighter curbs for some regions when the blanket national measure expires. Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Mark Drakeford had initially been committed to keeping schools open for as long as possible, urging parents to continue sending their children until the end of term. The traffic light is red. Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. A total of £180 million will also be available from the Economic Resilience Fund. Pupils will be able to go in to take exams but others will learn from home for an additional week, Mr Drakeford said. The Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, described the situation as ‘incredibly serious’. You are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if you live here. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists those rules will end on December 2. All local authorities with lookup. The law banning non-essential travel to England from Wales will be lifted at 6pm on Friday 4 December. A second firebreak lockdown is not being ruled out by the Welsh Government as public health bosses warn it may be the only way to prevent a 'catastrophe' … Wales. Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital soared to a record high. How will the rules differ between 23 and 27 December? Dr Jones said the hospital he worked at was already facing an "incredibly grave situation", with critical care patients having to be transferred to different hospitals for treatment. He blamed people mixing with each other for the rise. 2 days ago. They continued: “It is likely that Wales will be placed into Tier 4 as of 28 December. Wales 'set for second firebreak lockdown from December 28' as Covid cases rise ahead of Christmas. Previously, people could only travel out of Wales if it was deemed "essential. People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of high prevalence within the UK (including tier three areas in England, areas of Scotland in level three or above and Northern Ireland) for a holiday. The leaders of all four home nations have agreed three households may mix from December 23 to 27. Despite this, one school in Caerphilly, St Martin's School, had already decided to end their term on December 10, after 68% of parents said they intended to keep their children at home for the last week of term. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. A post-Christmas lockdown will come into force if Covid cases do not begin to fall, the first minister has warned. Wales Lockdown Warning Suggests Looming Dilemma for Johnson. A full coronavirus control plan will be published and voted on in the week beginning Dec 14. The minister said the latest data shows that the all-Wales case rate was almost 70 points higher on Monday than it was on Friday. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to £100,000 in grants and larger  businesses could receive up to £150,000. Wales' GCSE, AS and A-level exams due to take place in summer 2021 have been cancelled, Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced on 10 November. “This shows you how just fast coronavirus is spreading,” he said. Mrs Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field because of the impact of coronavirus, so grades will be based on externally set classroom assessments under teacher supervision. The country was the only part of the UK where infection rates were not falling at the end of November, he said. Three households will be allowed to meet over Christmas in Wales and around the UK under new Covid rules. 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