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Government considers changes to Covid restrictions as cases continue to rise

10 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
First Minister Mark Drakeford

First Minister Mark Drakeford says a decision will be made over the next seven days on possible changes to Covid restrictions but claimed “there is nothing inevitable” about an October lockdown.

Speaking at today’s Government press briefing Mr Drakeford highlighted concern over the rise in Covid cases since Wales entered alert level zero six weeks ago, with case rates now standing at 522 per 100,000 people, the highest since December last year when the last lockdown was introduced.

“If the virus continues to spread at its current rate, we can expect to see around 3,200 cases confirmed every day as this wave peaks towards the end of the month,” Mr Drakeford said.

“Until now, this rise has been manageable, because our fantastic vaccination programme has helped to weaken the link between infection and serious illness.

But with the rapid spread of coronavirus in our communities, pandemic pressure on the NHS is increasing once again.”

Mr Drakeford confirmed there are about 40 hospital admissions every day, with just over 420 confirmed cases in hospitals across Wales – the highest since March and added that modelling suggests “there could be 100 new Covid-19 hospital admissions every day” as the Delta wave peaks.

Vaccine passports

He also confirmed ministers will make a decision next week about the introduction of vaccine passport to gain entry to some events in Wales.

The Scottish Government is introducing vaccine passports for nightclubs and other large events from 1 October, while in England people will need to have a Covid pass confirming their vaccine status to access “higher-risk” events.

“There are a number of practical and ethical issues that need to be considered in relation to vaccine certification, and we continue to work through those,” he said.

“We will not do that in any setting where people have no choice but to go, so there will be no vaccine passports for people who need to go to use crucial public services.”

But, he said, if people were choosing to attend events where being fully jabbed would make the event safer “it wouldn’t be responsible of the cabinet not to look at the case for doing so”.

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Brian Coman
Brian Coman
14 days ago

Can we please be treated like adults in Wales….not one positive word uttered.
only words like crisis,danger,deaths,
for example.
P.S.Dont think we need to be told about washing our hands,most of us aren’t
seven years old !

David
David
14 days ago
Reply to  Brian Coman

Prior to Covid, can you remember being in public toilets in restaurants etc.where adults walked out without washing their hands.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
14 days ago
Reply to  David

I had the car MOT’d in Hereford on Monday. I was the only person in a big main dealership with a mask and the only one to use the hand sanitisers provided on each coffee table.
Must have seen two dozen staff and customers come through in the two hours I was there so yes, we do think you are 7 years old and need telling.

John Brooks
John Brooks
14 days ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Masks are not required in Hereford.

Grayham Jones
14 days ago

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