‘People behaving as if pandemic is over’, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer warns
Too many people are behaving as if the pandemic is “over” , Wales’ Chief Medical Officer has warned.
Dr Frank Atherton, has pointed to people ignoring Wales’ face mask laws and not social distancing, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Wales’ case rate is the highest of all the UK nations and is at a record high 716.9 cases per 100,000 people, which has led Welsh Government ministers to look at extending the use of Covid passes for a wider range of venues.
Dr Atherton told BBC Wales Breakfast: “A very significant proportion of the Welsh population is still behaving with extreme caution and realises that we are not out of the woods with this yet, but there is a sense other places that it is all over.
“When we see people not using face coverings, even though it’s a legal requirement to do so, that worries me.
“When we see people crowding into taxis – as I saw down in Cardiff Bay last night – without face coverings and not being challenged, that worries me.
“When I see leisure centres which are overcrowded and people not social distancing, that really worries me.
“This is how the virus is spreading and, unless we can, as a society, organise ourselves in a way that we follow the guidance that we know will stop transmission of the virus, then unfortunately some of those more draconian measures and the legislative requirements may have to be brought back in. But that’s for ministers.”