Welsh Government not considering ‘confusing’ local lockdowns as in England
The Welsh Government are not considering local lockdowns as in England as this would “create confusion”, according to Minister for Finance Rebecca Evans.
She said that rather than look at local lockdowns the emphasis would be on the contact tracing system due to start next month.
Yesterday England’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the UK Government would be implementing local lockdowns there.
“We will be implementing local lockdowns in future where there are flare-ups,” he said. “And we have a system we are putting in place with a combination of Public Health England and the new Biosecurity Centre.
“Along with the local directors of public health who have an absolutely crucial role in decision making in this system.”
But Rebecca Evans said that the advantage of the Welsh Governments test and trace strategy would be that locking down individual areas would not be needed.
“At the moment we’re not considering differential lockdowns in different parts of Wales, and part of that is that I think the strength of the message is that it is a very clear message that applies to everybody across Wales,” she said.
“And I think that if you do look for differential lockdowns or lockdowns in particular small areas then there is a potential for a great deal of confusion.”
There has been some variation in the spread of coronavirus in Wales, with nearly half of all new daily Welsh coronavirus cases announced yesterday in the north of the country.
Other parts of Wales, such as Ceredigion, have seen almost no new recorded cases in weeks.