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Wales ‘behind’ England on Covid restrictions and need to ‘catch up’ says UK Government

11 Feb 2022 3 minute read
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Annika Haas (CC BY 2.0). Mark Drakeford. Picture by CPMR – Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Wales is “behind” England on Covid restrictions and need to “catch up”, the UK Government have said.

Sources within the UK Government briefed the Daily Mail that they were putting pressure on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to drop their remaining Covid restrictions at the same time as England.

On Wednesday Prime Miniter Boris Johnson announced that all Covid regulations, including the requirement to isolate after testing positive, are due to be abolished in England in two weeks.

Yesterday Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford however said that rules on mask-wearing would be slowly phased out, starting at the end of this month in some settings and continuing throughout March.

A UK Government source told the Daily Mail: “There are discussions with the devolved administrations and ideally we would align things as much as possible.

“It would be frustrating if we had parts of the country continuing with restrictions for an extended period – it would be confusing and divisive for people.

“But we have to accept that they have always been overly cautious. They are behind us and it may take them some time to catch up.”

Former Welsh Secretary David Jones also said that the Welsh Government should do as the UK Government wanted.

“It is very positive news that the Prime Minister is ending the restrictions and moving to a long term strategy for living with Covid,” he said.

“But it is important that we have a UK-wide approach on this – I would not want to see Wales left behind, with all the inconvenience and damage that would bring.”

‘Not removing all measures’

The First Minister announced yesterday that Covid passes will no longer be needed from the end of next week and face masks will start to be phased out before St David’s Day.

From 18 February the legal requirement to show a Covid Pass to enter certain venues and events will be lifted, and from 28 February face coverings will no longer need to be worn in indoor public places apart from retail, public transport and health and care settings.

If the public health conditions continue to improve, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in all remaining settings could also be lifted by the end of March, Mark Drakeford said.

“With increasing numbers of people vaccinated and boosted and thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone across Wales, we are confident that coronavirus rates are falling and we can look forward to brighter times ahead,” he said.

“We can start to gradually and carefully remove some of the remaining protections we have in place at alert level zero. But we are not removing all the measures at once because the pandemic is not over yet.

“To keep Wales safe we need to remain cautious and do everything we can to reassure those who feel most at risk. We will keep some important protections in place, including face coverings in health and social care settings, on public transport and in all shops. We will also keep self-isolation rules in place.

“Next month, we will publish a plan setting out how we will move beyond alert level zero and the emergency footing on which we have been operating for nearly two years.

“This will help us all to make some plans for the future.”

Mark Drakeford will not himself attend today’s press conference after it was announced today that he had caught Covid.


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Grayham Jones
7 months ago

We in wales have got it right the UK is finished it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Marc
Marc
7 months ago

Catch up? The Welsh Government has run rings around you

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

If johnson bothered to look he would see Wales isn’t behind, we’ve lapped his westminster cabal, according to SAGE there is no evidence to suggest restrictions should be relaxed just yet, despite what johnson says, still there are those who would still rather believe a proven lier than a group of medical professionals.

adopted cardi
adopted cardi
7 months ago

— then believe the opposite. So far the Welsh Government has looked after its citizens, and managed the economy, far better than johnson’s bunch of public school prats and other spivs. Who have probably caused untold covid deaths. Britain is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – 14 trillion + assets is it, hoarded away in somewhere like the Cayman Islands! I ask you. And all we have is a permanent state of austerity! When people see that and actually can bring themselves not to vote for it, then hopefully it’ll self destruct and crumble to bits. All… Read more »

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
7 months ago

“A Government source told the Daily Mail” – the far-right lie factory sucks up to Bonking Bozo and all his corrupted, incompetent cabinet. Never, never, never trust the tory enemy.

George
George
7 months ago

““But we have to accept that they have always been overly cautious.” I don’t understand this sentence at all. Does this person speaking to the Daily Mail want the UK to act as one and for Celtic Nations to catch-up with where England are now or do they want to “win the debate” about past restrictions? England has only lead the way once with covid and that’s unwinding restrictions after the first wave. Arguably we’re in that window again and England will be proved right to aggressively unwind a second time, but living with covid shouldn’t mean pretending it doesn’t… Read more »

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

If your thinking differs from Johnson you must be “confused”. No Westminster we are more than ever aware of your arragance and theft.

Howard Edwards
Howard Edwards
7 months ago

Johnson should keep his nose out of our covid policies. He is a disaster.

Brian Coman
Brian Coman
7 months ago

98% per cent of Welsh people have antibodies 88% of people are vaccinated….most cases are mild…dropping every day…if people want to stay in forever that is their choice……

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago
Reply to  Brian Coman

Are you a scientist?

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

It’s not a race and it’s not about you Johnson.

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