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Drakeford considering making it illegal to report false negative test to get a Covid pass

17 Sep 2021 3 minutes Read
First Minister Mark Drakeford. Picture by the Welsh Government.

The First Minister has said that he is considering making it an offence to falsely report a negative Covid test, after announcing the roll-out of Covid passes to enter particular ‘high risk’ events.

Mark Drakeford that the Covid pass was not a Covid passport because it did not require vaccination, and you could get one by reporting a negative Covid test.

Asked whether that would make it easy for people to falsely report a negative test, he said that one step under consideration was to make it an offence to do so, as it was to give false information to track and trace staff.

He added that they would not be moving towards Covid passports that required vaccination yet because it “raises a series of technical, legal and ethical questions”.

“I am always acutely aware of the Covid liberty implications of everything we do,” he said. “We want to prevent other restrictions on people’s lives.”

He also said they were waiting until 11 October to enforce Covid passes give the hospitality sector time to prepare. “Many high risk venues already use Covid passes and they can carry on with using it now,” he said.

He said that nightclubs were “inherently and intrinsically” higher risk than some other venues.

“The reason we are doing it is to avoid taking more intrusive measures to deal with coronavirus,” he said. “These are examples of measures that Sage calls ‘low-cost interventions’. They will avoid tougher measures later on.”

‘Regular help’

Speaking at today’s press conference, Mark Drakeford said that five things were needed to keep Wales at alert level 0:

  • Introduce a Covid pass from 11 October
  • Booster vaccines for over 50s, health workers and the vulnerable after six months
  • Vaccines for 12-15-year-olds
  • Working from home if you don’t need to be in the office
  • Wearing face masks in shops and public transport

Letters will start to be issued to 12-15-year-olds from the start of next week, with vaccinations starting from the 4th of October onwards.

Mark Drakeford also added that everything is in place for the armed forces to come in and help the Welsh NHS if the situation does deteriorate.

He was speaking after the Scottish government officially requested support from the military to deal with pressure in the ambulance service that has extended waiting times.

Mark Drakeford said that the pressure on the NHS from the Covid pandemic did not require the army’s help at the moment but that was a possibility over autumn and winter.

“If we need to ask the army for more help, everything is in place for that to happen,” he said.

“We’ve had very regular help from the armed forces during the pandemic. Those lines of communication are always open.

“In some parts of Wales some health boards have always had to pull back from some planned surgery but that is a temporary measure. But it’s going to be a difficult and continuing balancing act through the winter.”

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Brian Coman
Brian Coman
2 months ago

Per Capita with England we are having treble the amount of positive cases at the moment.So mask wearing is definately working ! People from South Wales are now travelling to Bristol for a more relaxed outlook..including shopping,visiting the theatres( we are 3 months behind them opening)or just enjoying the other freedoms we do not have on Level -1. You can feel the difference in everyday life as some people in Wales are still in a state of fear and dread. Finally will we ever get a Plan A or even B before Christmas . Maybe a Plan 0.5 would be… Read more »

j humphrys
j humphrys
2 months ago

Nightclubs means youth, and youth at the moment means positive. Hopefully, young people will realise this, and take up mask wearing whenever we feel the onset of flu, as do the people in the far east.
There are some pretty cool masks out there!

Last edited 2 months ago by j humphrys

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