Mark Drakeford warns of lockdown return in Wales as Covid infections rise Far from over
Mark Drakeford: Wales may have to 'revisit' COVID-19 measures
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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has warned that Covid restrictions could return to curb rising infections, saying that “Covid passes may have to be introduced in hospitality”. It came amid high Infection rates in Wales, which are currently higher than any other part of the UK.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the First Minister of Wales said: “We’ll be saying today that the hospitality industry needs to use the next three weeks to prepare for the possibility that COVID passes may have to be introduced in that setting.
“So there’s a specific example of an action we could take in three weeks-time.
“When I talk about risk assessments in the workplace. I’m talking about the number of people who can work safely from home.
“Maybe we will have to do more of that.”
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He went on: “At the moment, as you said, we don’t have social distancing as a stand-alone measure in the workplace.
“We did for many, many months.
“If we can’t bring the numbers down to the actions we will take over the next three weeks, we will have to revisit that basket of measures that we’ve drawn on previously.”
The minister of Wales has warned that scrapped Covid rules could return.
He continued: “All this means that the pandemic is far from over.
“We need to take more action now to strengthen the measures we have in place at alert level zero to prevent coronavirus spreading even further and more people falling seriously ill.”
Infection rates are currently highest in Wales compared to the rest of the UK.
New measures are already being brought in to tackle Wales’ high Covid rates- Covid passes will be extended to cinemas, theatres and concert halls from 15 November as part of the plans.
Ministers have repeatedly said they do not expect to have to return to lockdown-style restrictions.
However, they are not ruling it out and have drawn up Plan B if pressure on the NHS becomes unsustainable.
People are being encouraged to keep working from home “wherever possible” and wear a face covering in indoor public places.
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