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Times’ ‘England and Wales’ Covid-19 map forgets to include Wales

29 Jul 2020 2 minute read
The Times’ map which forgot to include Wales

The 1888 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Wales infamously read ‘For Wales, See England’.

But for the Times of London’s news website, it seems that there is nothing to see at all on this side of Offa’s Dyke.

The website today published a map of ‘England and Wales’ coronavirus cases which forgot to include Wales at all.

Health in Walles is the responsibility of the Welsh Government, meaning that the country collects its own data on Covid-19 cases.

Wales Online local democracy reporter Alex Seabrook, who spotted the error, said: “This handy map of ‘England and Wales’ from the Times has forgotten to actually include Wales.”


‘Keeping an eye’

The mistake came as the Times warned that a second wave of coronavirus had possibly begun and would hit the UK within the next two weeks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the Continent was beginning to suffer a second wave of the pandemic and ministers were prepared “to take such action where it is necessary” over the summer.

Quarantine for arrivals from Luxembourg and Belgium could begin as soon as tomorrow. Ministers are “keeping a close eye” on Croatia but restrictions are not expected imminently.

Mr Johnson said: “Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe. Among some of our European friends, I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic.”

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