COVID-19. Mr Drakeford said, “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe. Second firebreak lockdown in Wales not ruled out amid warnings of Christmas 'catastrophe' 7 December 2020, 19:13. Mon 7 Dec 2020 10.37 EST 18 Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in … These new measures are similar to level 3 restrictions in Scotland. They must stay at home, except for limited purposes such as exercise, and must work from home wherever possible. The minister said the latest data shows that the all-Wales case rate was almost 70 points higher on Monday than it was on Friday. A post-Christmas lockdown will come into force if Covid cases do not begin to fall, the first minister has warned. These measures will be in place from 6pm Friday 4 December until such time as the situation changes. Here are the slides from today's press conference pic.twitter.com/NItinErpdI. ERF Restrictions Business Fund. Mr Gething announced on Nov 22 that Covid mass testing would be rolled out in Methyr Tydfil. Mr Drakeford said at a press conference on Dec 4 that the situation in Wales remained "very serious" and that the Government was using measures seen in other parts of the UK in a bid to drive cases down. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? “The decision will be based on a number of factors - confirmed case rates, projection of case incidence rate over the following two weeks, rate of change in cases and positivity rates and hospital capacity. “This shows you how just fast coronavirus is spreading,” he said. Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to £100,000 in grants and larger  businesses could receive up to £150,000. Wales' GCSE, AS and A-level exams due to take place in summer 2021 have been cancelled, Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced on 10 November. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. Wales. The law banning non-essential travel to England from Wales will be lifted at 6pm on Friday 4 December. Restrictions explained for Covid lockdown Tiers 1, 2 and 3 The rules for travelling into Wales were updated by the Welsh First Minister on 3 December. England went into lockdown on November 5, meaning all non-essential travel was banned, and was lifted on December 2. At a press conference on Monday, Gething said coronavirus cases were rising again across almost the whole of Wales. The measures, which will last for 17 days, will take Wales back to the lockdown restrictions introduced in March and will result in the closure of 366 betting shops. Pubs in Wales are set to close from Friday (December 4) as the country enters a new coronavirus lockdown. Welsh health minister refuses to rule out more restrictions as hospital cases hit new high, Last modified on Tue 8 Dec 2020 04.37 GMT. People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of high prevalence within the UK (including tier three areas in England, areas of Scotland in level three or above and Northern Ireland) for a holiday. A total of £180 million will also be available from the Economic Resilience Fund. Previously travel in and out of Wales was only allowed for "essential purposes", such as education, work or caring responsibilities. Temporary relaxations to the restrictions will be made between 23 and 27 December to allow more people to see each other at home over the festive period. An intensive care doctor said allowing people to mix over Christmas will "pour petrol on an already burning fire.". The figures come just a month after the end of a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown, which was believed at the time to have been successful and was expected to give the country a clear run up to the new year. A full coronavirus control plan will be published and voted on in the week beginning Dec 14. Three households will be allowed to meet over Christmas in Wales and around the UK under new Covid rules. In a statement, the Cabinet Office “emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact”. Several other schools took the decision to close into their own hands, and the Welsh government felt considerable pressure with the infection rate rising in the lead up to the easing of lockdown over Christmas. "Parents will know just how important this period the end of term is, especially in primary schools. The warning came after indoor entertainment businesses were closed and a ban on alcohol in hospitality venues was introduced on Dec 4 due to another rise in coronavirus cases. On Nov 27,  Mr Drakeford said, "It is important for our children not to miss out further.". A "Restrictions Business Fund" worth £160m will be on offer which will enable around 60,000 hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses which pay non-domestic rates (NDR) to access grants of up to £5,000. He added: “Everything is on the table. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3 People … December 8, 2020. Under new rules, cafes, restaurants and pubs cannot serve alcohol and must close at 6pm - but may continue takeaways - and cinemas, skating rinks and museums have shut completely. Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. We’re still committed to doing everything we can to keep Wales safe.”. Gething said there were eight local authorities with rates higher than 400 cases for every 100,000 people – four times as many areas as on Friday. Wales Lockdown Warning Suggests Looming Dilemma for Johnson. From Friday 4 December, there are new guidelines on visiting places in Wales. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. Wales 'set for second firebreak lockdown from December 28' as Covid cases rise ahead of Christmas. The First Minister expressed growing concern that cases could surpass 2,500 by Christmas Day if the current rate continued. Les plus récentes données sur l'évolution de la COVID-19, au Québec, font état de 1 564 nouveaux cas, pour un nombre total de personnes infectées de 154 740. Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. We’re actively considering what we may need to do after the Christmas period.”. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates. ", Pubs, cafes and restaurants cannot serve alcohol from 6pm on December 4 and must close at 6pm thereafter, apart from takeaway services, Cinemas, bowling alleys and bingo halls will close, as will amusement arcades, casinos and galleries, Non-essential businesses have been open since November 9, but people must work from home "wherever possible", Travel is still permitted anywhere within Wales, but people are not able to travel to England unless it is for essential purposes until tomorrow, Dec 2, A maximum of two households can form a support bubble and meet indoors or in private gardens, Up to four people from separate households can meet up outside the home and in cafes, pubs and restaurants, and bring their children along, but must book ahead and provide identification, House parties, events and gatherings are unlawful, Groups of up to 15 people can take part in organised activities indoors, while up to 30 people are allowed to take part in activities outdoors, Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies may take place with social distancing and face coverings, but receptions are limited to 15 people, Invite-only funerals may take place and wakes or gatherings are limited to 15 people, excluding staff and children under 11. Wales is already in breach of some of the key indicators used to determine future lockdowns. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists those rules will end on December 2. Find out more, Stop wasting billions on testing. The top 10 most virtually viewed properties during England's second lockdown have been revealed by OnTheMarket — and it seems Brits are daydreaming about countryside cottages, castles and manor homes.. By analysing the 3D house tours that have been the most popular from 5th - 12th November 2020, the team at OnTheMarket were able to track what house hunters have been searching for. Swansea Bay university health board’s public health director, Dr Keith Reid, warned that Covid cases in the area could reach “catastrophic levels” unless people followed social distancing rules and said the health system would be overwhelmed if cases continued to increase at the current rate. In a further rule change, people required to self-isolate in Wales can do so for 10 days instead of two weeks from Thursday, December 10. We are at alert level three. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. 2 days ago. If you are in tier one or two, the blanket ban on non-essential travel no longer applies, and  hotels and self-catering accommodation facilities have reopened once again in lower-risk tiers. Wales’s 17-day firebreak lockdown has now come to an end and new national rules have been put into effect as part of the country’s coronavirus pandemic response. However, the Welsh government still advises caution, in order to help stop the spread of the virus. Eligibility checker. This applies to people who have symptoms, test positive, were in close contact with someone who displays symptoms or tested positive, or people who are returning from a non-exempt country. Earlier this month, Health Minister Vaughan Gething hinted a tiered system may be necessary to allow rules to be relaxed at Christmas. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lo The Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, described the situation as ‘incredibly serious’. There are now more than 1,800 people in Welsh hospitals with confirmed or suspected coronavirus – the highest number recorded and 400 more than the previous peak in April. However, you must not travel unless it is essential if you are living in a higher tier. Use the Eligibility Checker now to review the criteria prior to its opening. Pubs were closed, as were non-essential retailers, and people were told to stay home - … Wales could move to lockdown after Christmas, Mark Drakeford says UK News Published: Dec 11, 2020 Last Updated: Dec 11, 2020 The Welsh First Minister described the Covid-19 … Previously, people could only travel out of Wales if it was deemed "essential. All local authorities with lookup. We’re discussing through this week, and we’ll continue to discuss, what measures we need to take. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. Daily figures pass more than 2,000 Covid cases and 29 deaths in Wales as FM rules out pre-Christmas lockdown. Picture: PA Images By Ewan Quayle @EQjourno. Only the vaccine can save us now, Exclusive: Test and Trace chaos made me 'lose it' and seek psychiatrist help, Boris Johnson determined to let families meet at Christmas, but urges self isolation beforehand, Moscow capable of second Salisbury-style poisoning that could kill thousands in UK, Defence Secretary warns, Man who ‘expressed affinity with’ incel-motivated mass murderer found guilty under Terrorism Act in ‘unprecedented’ case, SNP accused of presiding over ‘national tragedy’ as Scotland reports highest number of drug-related deaths on record, Are Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area? This grant is to support businesses impacted by the restrictions introduced on 4 December 2020. So of course that’s an option that we’ll need to consider.”, When asked if changes to the rules before or during Christmas could also be needed he said: “If we need to act at a different point in time we will do … If we need to act further we will do. Elles font également état de 36 nouveaux décès, pour un total qui s'élève à 7 313. Mark Drakeford had initially been committed to keeping schools open for as long as possible, urging parents to continue sending their children until the end of term. The country has reached 1,900 Covid-related hospital admissions for the first time during the pandemic, Drakeford announced in the government briefing. Mrs Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field because of the impact of coronavirus, so grades will be based on externally set classroom assessments under teacher supervision. England remains in lockdown until December 2 While restrictions are being lifted in Wales that have consequences for English people and families, England will remain in a … They continued: “It is likely that Wales will be placed into Tier 4 as of 28 December. Dr Dave Jones, the clinical director for intensive care at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, said the Covid-19 situation was now "far worse" than he had previously imagined, during a Channel 4 news report on Dec 9. A second firebreak lockdown is not being ruled out by the Welsh Government as public health bosses warn it may be the only way to prevent a 'catastrophe' … A number of regions and their leaders are expected to be in tier 3 when lockdown ends on December 2. Describing the situation as “incredibly serious”, the Welsh health minister, Vaughan Gething, accepted more restrictions might be needed, possibly even before Christmas. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. Much will depend on the data, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Monday it’s too early to assess the impact of the second lockdown on infection rates. From Friday, people in Wales will be able to travel to tier one and tier two areas in England and Scotland. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. "The plan sets out four alert levels. The decision has been criticised by the Children's Commissioner for Wales as disruptive to education. That compared with 149.5 in England, 143.6 in Northern Ireland, and 100.3 in Scotland. More restrictions in the hospitality industry came into force on Friday, which included banning licensed premises from serving alcohol and forcing them to shut by 6pm. But the Welsh government has since conceded that it might have been better to bring in other curbs when the firebreak was lifted. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital soared to a record high. Wales to get tier system after Christmas with lockdown unless situation improves Business News Submitted By: News Desk December 12, 2020 No Comments Wales will “inevitably” go back into lockdown after Christmas unless existing measures to control the virus work. The restrictions will be formally reviewed by December 17 and then every three weeks. The Welsh Government has also asked people to maintain social distancing and to stop booking multiple tables in pubs and then pushing the chairs together. … In recent weeks, shopping centres in Wales have been busy and there is fear that the virus is being transmitted in homes with the cold weather discouraging people from meeting outside. Dr Jones said the hospital he worked at was already facing an "incredibly grave situation", with critical care patients having to be transferred to different hospitals for treatment. Cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues must also close until the measures are reviewed on 17 December. This virus thrives wherever we come together with others.". “Sadly, we are seeing a return to the very high rates of more than 500 in Blaenau Gwent and 600 in Neath Port Talbot [both areas of south Wales],” he said. England has now been placed into tiers, with tier 1 regions - … The leaders of all four home nations have agreed three households may mix from December 23 to 27. “We’ve learned that trying to have hard and fast commitments to never contemplate future action is just not the right or the responsible thing to do. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. By Chelsea Rocks. A number of counties have also indicated primary schools will close earlier, including Cardiff and Swansea. Share. Friday, 4th December … Published. The new restrictions come into force from 6pm on Friday 4 December. Updates automatically, People may travel from Wales to tier one and two areas in England and Scotland. “Other children taking examinations will be able to attend, but all other students will continue their learning from home,” he said. Health. In 19 of the 22 local authority areas cases were rising. The country was the only part of the UK where infection rates were not falling at the end of November, he said. it might have been better to bring in other curbs when the firebreak was lifted. WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. He blamed people mixing with each other for the rise. Please think carefully about where you are going and what you are doing. The level of risk is very high," Mark Drakeford said. It has been a little over a month since Wales came out of its 17-day firebreak lockdown. He called for the Government to introduce a lockdown immediately in Wales and said: "The speed and ferocity that the second wave has hit us with is nothing that we could have imagined.". Another lockdown may have to be introduced in Wales “immediately” after Christmas if cases of Covid-19 are not brought under control, the first minister has warned. Travel to tiers three and four in Scotland and tier three in England is still prohibited, and well as the whole of Northern Ireland. UK gambling faces another shock as First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford confirms that the country will enter a ‘time-limited firebreak’ from 6pm on Friday. Asked how seriously the government was considering another lockdown, Gething said: “We’re actively considering each day whether the measures we have are the right ones or not. You are allowed to go on holiday within Wales if you live here. Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close their doors by 6pm … A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown … How will the rules differ between 23 and 27 December? Children benefit from being with their peers" he added. Coronavirus Article Bar with counter.. The first minister said a lockdown could be introduced after Christmas if rates do not begin to fall. Despite this, one school in Caerphilly, St Martin's School, had already decided to end their term on December 10, after 68% of parents said they intended to keep their children at home for the last week of term. Pupils will be able to go in to take exams but others will learn from home for an additional week, Mr Drakeford said. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. successful and was expected to give the country a clear run up to the new year. image caption People in Wales were asked to stay at home during a 17-day "firebreak" lockdown that ended on 9 November A senior Conservative has … But his officials haven’t ruled out tighter curbs for some regions when the blanket national measure expires. According to the latest UK government statistics, on 1 December Wales had a seven-day case rate of 267.8 for every 100,000 people. England is still officially in lockdown, but as of December 2 Wales will be bordered by counties in Tier 2. Public Health Wales. The traffic light is red. Gething said effects from the new measures would not be seen for a fortnight. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. Friday 11 December 2020, 6:07pm . All secondary schools and further education colleges in Wales will transition to online classes from Monday December 14, the Education Minister announced on Dec 10. Universities will continue to offer both in person and online classes, but students must stay home in their university accommodation under the new rules. No … You can unsubscribe at any time. Public health bosses have spoken out following a surge in Covid-19 cases. coronavirus. 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