Welsh Government not considering ‘confusing’ local lockdowns as in England

Rebecca Evans

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.”

 

‘Small areas’

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.

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david fox
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david fox

This is an absolutely correct strategy given the circumstances that Westminster has created. It is frustrating for some I know, but tough, this is about the greater good, not individuals. This is not a “have it your way” situation.

j humphrys
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j humphrys

Now Hancock hinting that people could have their fines refunded for doing what Cummings did!

Jason Evans
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Jason Evans

Its an absolute disgrace and shows a total lack of leadership, their butty gets caught out flaunting their own rules and instead of doing the right thing and giving Cummins the boot they’re backtracking like fools and offering to repay fines, ridiculous. Can these unionist Toryboys get anymore pathetic

Philip Davies
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Philip Davies

Agreed. Unfortunately the Nat-boyos are just as pathetic. What an absurd muddle Britain has become!

Jason Evans
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Jason Evans

I disagree on one point. I think it is incumbent of nationalist like myself to hold both the Welsh and UK unionist governments to account especially so now when the health and safety of Cymru is at stake

Jonesy
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Jonesy

Not one Welsh Tory MP has spoken out against DC, totally spineless lot

John Ellis
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John Ellis

Only for Jenrick to say they won’t.

Walter Hunt
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Walter Hunt

We’re in a global emergency of shifting hotspots and flare-ups and lives are being lost. It’s too early for any government to take any response off the table. Whoever you are, you have a duty to your fellow human beings to stay alert to changes in advice and regulations that apply to wherever you are -and comply. The police and the courts should be empowered to deal with “the confused” whoever they may be.

Philip Davies
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Philip Davies

‘Welsh government not considering local lockdowns – – -‘ No – only except when Wales is being kept in lockdown while it is being relaxed in our neighbouring part of what is laughingly referred to as the ‘United Kingdom.’ I am a Cardi on both sides of my family, and I am thoroughly sickened by the pathetic Nationalist point-scoring and virtue-signalling of our Senedd. They’re just as lying as that b***l-sh****r-in-chief Cummings: All politicians arel hypocrites – just less harrassed by the police for being as confused as the rest of us poor bl***y voters about this increasingly arbitrary and… Read more »

John Ellis
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John Ellis

It was a success ultimately, but nevertheless a disaster initially – the reason being that there could of course be no epidemic unless Party and Government said there was an epidemic.

So until Party and Government said there was an epidemic there absolutely was no epidemic, so those who asserted that there was had to recant. And by the time Party and Government finally announced that, after all, there was an epidemic, it was rather late in the day.

But after that, indeed, the Chinese master-plan was ultimately remarkably successful.

Jonesy
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Jonesy

I for one am happy to see Monty Python , Black Mirror and Armando Ianucci now running the UK

j humphrys
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j humphrys

That has only just begun. China is courting Brexiteer types all over Europe. Seek and you will find them sniffing around populists from Hungary to Finland to wherever. Nibble nibble………………..have a look for yourselves?

j humphrys
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j humphrys

btw dear readers: Aalto Technical University, Helsinki, just released a report stating that spray from a cough travels 4 meters. So someone coughing in a supermarket can spray you, even if you are on the other side of
the shelves. So take care of yourselves, whoever you are.

Linda Lawson
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Linda Lawson

That hasn’t history been announced, that was out weeks ago

Jonesy
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Jonesy

Try writing a coherent sentence, you sound as clear as a Tory Minister obfuscating on the DC matter. We might understand your point then.

Michael Rieveley
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Michael Rieveley

Although I can see the point of simplicity the situation on the ground in Wales currently is that the South Eastern counties and the major conurbations of Newport and Cardiff were the first areas to suffer with the most cases and deaths. This being due to the larger movement of people into those areas from other areas in the UK where the virus had established itself. Similarly Wrexham was the first area to suffer it would seem these areas have peaked in this first wave of Covid19 whilst the further west you go, according to the published information, that peak… Read more »