He said the incident management team has now decided to meet twice weekly rather than weekly as a result, and are providing additional advice and assistance to the board in areas such as infection control and admissions. Coronavirus (COVID-19) live updates. There are also an additional 40-50 in community hospital settings, he said. Asked for an update on the outbreak at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Mr Drakeford said there have been 80-90 patient cases in the Maelor itself. 30 November: Bulletin - £340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced; FAQs and Guidance. He said it would not be "sensible" to rule out anything, given the "rapidity with which the pattern changes and the speed at which this virus can move". If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. This virus thrives on human behaviour – whenever and wherever we come together and spend time together, the virus can be transmitted from person to person.”. 06 November: Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update At the end of September, this was below 400. He said he was "anxious not to find ourselves in the American position where doubts can be cast on legitimate elections". Wales is currently at alert level three. ... make sure our businesses are there for next … He said and the latest figures from the NHS show there are more than 1,700 people with coronavirus in hospital in Wales. But he said coronavirus is once again on the rise, and "we are seeing those advantages fade". However, he ruled out an online only voting system at the next election, adding that the systems are not secure enough at this point in time. The next Welsh Government press briefing will be held on Monday at 12.15pm. It updates the approach to changing restrictions set out in Leading Wales out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and Unlocking Our Society and Economy. Coronavirus news – latest UK updates: Britain records 20,890 new COVID-19 infections and 102 deaths . Mr Drakeford said this is all the more important because this is the most intense period of the year for the NHS. The process will see staff and pupils who come into contact with an infected person asked to take a Covid-19 test every day for 10 days or self-isolate. This article was last updated on 24 June 2020. Covid-19: Welsh Government update. "These new arrangements will apply to the whole of Wales," he said. GP practices in more than … Friday 22 May 2020, 12:34pm The First Minister has said he hopes to be able to provide an update next week on how people in Wales could safely … Their interview comes as the government said a further 608 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday. The First Minster said none of us want to see further restrictions on our daily lives or economy, but we are facing a virus, which is "both cruel and relentless, especially in its pursuit of the most vulnerable". First Minister Mark Drakeford is to give the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (November 27). Welsh Government to reveal new Covid-19 'control plan' RECAP: Coronavirus update as schools close early for Christmas. There will be new restrictions in the hospitality industry, which will come into effect next Friday. The areas in lower Cynon Valley covered in the mass testing pilot are: Financial help is being made available for people who are asked to self-isolate in Wales. "We will focus these on places where we meet and where coronavirus thrives, drawing on the recent evidence from the UK SAGE group of experts about what interventions have had the biggest impact on the virus," he said. He said he understands this is causing "great anxiety" for people in the sector, but he said it's worth waiting the extra days to make sure there is a better set of detailed arrangements for those affected. This … Police have been given extra powers to carry out random checks on vehicles in Cardiff following a chaotic weekend which saw people from locked-down parts of the UK visit the city. In Cardiff and Swansea the main high streets were full of shoppers queuing outside stores which were advertising discounts of up to 50% off. AN UPDATED version of Wales’ Covid-19 control plan will be published next week, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. ... have kept the spread of Covid-19 under check. The First Minister said that earlier this week, he met the First Ministers from Scotland and Northern Ireland and Michael Gove, from the UK Government, to discuss a common set of arrangements for Christmas. This equates to an increase of 6.9%. for people who are asked to self-isolate in Wales. The Welsh Government health minister is set to give an update on the coronavirus situation in Wales. Related Video and Audio. However, he said that mixing post fire-break has allowed the virus to "come back faster and further than we had anticipated". "It's inevitably a bit speculative, but it's very certainly an arguable proposition," he said. SaTH doctor one of the first in county to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Covid-19: Welsh Government update. The number of people with coronavirus, including those recovering in hospital, has slowed but not fallen back, he said. He added: “The most important thing we can all do to control the spread of coronavirus is to reduce the number of people are in contact with. HUNDREDS of Covid-19 vaccination centres run by local doctors will begin opening across England this week, the NHS has said. "This is a difficult decision which no one should have to make.". Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom. Latest statistics released by Public Health Wales (PHW) on Friday show 1,105 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales – a slight decrease from the 1,251 cases reported on Thursday. Mr Drakeford insisted there was no disadvantage to have a national set of restrictions in Wales. Mr Drakeford said that newly agreed restrictions will come into force for the hospitality sector from Friday of next week. "The ground we gained during the firebreak is being eroded as the virus thrives on normal human behaviour.". You can see the details of his announcement here and follow live updates from the questions and answers below. High streets across Wales were busy with bargain hunters today as retailers launched their Black Friday sales. He said the Government will be working over the weekend with partners to finalise the details of the new arrangements and to put in place a major package of financial support. Testing will be delivered in partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government, Rhondda Cynon Taf council, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, and the Ministry of Defence, with logistical support from the Armed Forces. ... First Minister announces latest coronavirus travel restrictions. It shows the additional £1.5b allocated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, reflecting changes over the last four months since the First Supplementary Budget (published 27 May) (‘FSB’). Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. "We will do everything we can to keep our schools working up until Christmas," he said. "What we have done is to design a system that we think works better in our circumstances faced with our figures.". Behind those figures, he said there is particular concern about the increases being seen in people under 25, Mr Drakeford said. See the latest advice from NHS Direct Wales and use the Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker. The national measures will continue to be reviewed every three weeks, whatever alert level Wales is currently in. But across the bridge, things looked a little bit different with England still in its fire-break lockdown. Mr Drakeford said this does not mean a return to the firebreak arrangements. Live coronavirus updates as two new deaths confirmed by Public Health Wales. It will be held virtually, but public comments will be allowed. We took a look at the sites across Wales and England on Black Friday, 2020. Welsh pubs and restaurants set for new coronavirus curbs - but there's better news for other sectors The Welsh Government is poised to tighten restrictions after a … Extended opening hours at polling stations are also being discussed, he said. Nor do we model what is right for Wales simply by dragging and dropping what happens elsewhere," he said. Brighton high street was just one eerie reminder of Wales' fire-break lockdown. He said further discussions with entertainment venues will also be taking place, and a date that works for them will be agreed as well. The First Minister has started by saying that last week we were just beginning to see the advantages we had gained during the firebreak period. For now, non-essential retail; hairdressers; gyms and leisure centres will continue to operate, Mr Drakeford said. Boris Johnson says announcement on face coverings in shops ‘in next few days’ as UK deaths linked to Covid-19 rise by 11 to 44,830. Mr Drakeford said this increases the need to have as much headroom as possible to relax restrictions as we approach the Christmas period. 09 November: Bulletin - Firebreak lockdown in Wales ends. First Minister Mark Drakeford is to give the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (November 27). 12 November: Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update. He said we entered into the firebreak to protect our NHS and hospital, but the result is that our hospitals "remain under sustained pressure". He said it is speeding up as we move further into winter, adding that we can prepare responsibly for Christmas with the actions we take now. The £500 payment can be claimed by those who test positive for coronavirus or are asked to self-isolate as a close contact through the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service, as long as they meet certain criteria. • 1,272 new cases and 30 new deaths in Wales on Thursday. On Tuesday there were over 1,800 patients with coronavirus in Welsh hospitals, the highest number ever recorded in Wales. "But there is always a risk that when we come together we will spread or catch the virus," he said. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. The national measures were strengthened on December 4 in response to rapidly accelerating levels of coronavirus across Wales. "We were very likely to see people just making the rules for themselves," he said, adding that this would have made the risks higher. The comparison was stark and retail parks on the English side of the border were pictured completely empty. First Minister Mark Drakeford said new restrictions were needed as the R number had reached 1.4 and coronavirus infections were increasing again. He said the UK Government has announced a strengthened tier regime, which comes into force in England from Wednesday, today Northern Ireland starts a new two-week lockdown and Scotland has extended the highest level restrictions. "It's a national system because we need a national effort, and that national effort protects people in every part of Wales", he said. ... Until our next live blog, you can keep up to date via the BBC News website and social media channels. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Further details will be available on Monday, he said. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He said it was important to act now in area where rates are lower. 1pm update: Welsh region back in lockdown after surge in COVID cases The huge area of Rhondda Cynon Taf in south Wales is being forced into lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cases. ... to work because they have been told to self-isolate for up to 14 days can now apply for financial support from the Welsh Government. But this move is not a foregone conclusion. The First Minister said that yesterday, he chaired a meeting of the Social Partnership Council for Wales where attendees heard, first hand, of the toll coronavirus is taking on NHS colleagues. He said this is further evidence that coronavirus is circulating widely and quickly in our communities. The updated plan has been informed by latest analysis from our scientific and medical experts and the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). The plan sets out in detail how national measures will be introduced in a more uniform and predictable way, depending on a range of indicators, including the level of the virus in Wales and the risk of infection. We’re working hard to help people through the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. He said the Government is working actively to see if mass testing could be deployed in school settings to prevent the need for children to be sent home when they haven't tested positive. You can find all our coronavirus related news updates listed at the bottom of this page. Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others for everyone in the UK. "This shows just how quickly the situation can change with coronavirus," he said. Mr Drakeford said that Wales continues to see high numbers of deaths. Read the latest information about COVID-19 from Public Health Wales. Mr Drakeford said the R number in Wales was now as high as 1.4 meaning the virus is spreading exponentially again and Wales had to act to create enough headroom to allow the rules to be relaxed at Christmas. The impact of coronavirus on us all – on all aspects of our lives – cannot be underestimated. Police in the capital city were worried about people crossing the border to take advantage of the sales, and have extra powers throughout the weekend to carry out random car checks to ensure no coronavirus rules are being breached. He said it is important to learn lessons from what is done, but that he would not rule out the possibility of a fire-break again in the future. He said relaxing the restrictions will allow families to be together – maybe for the first time this year – for a few days over the festive period. More details about the restrictions on hospitality businesses will be announced on Monday along with a financial support package, Mr Drakeford said. It comes as the Prime Minister announced earlier this week that all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2. "We don't lose out on any UK systems by having a single tier for Wales, so there's no disadvantage to us in that. Data showed a clear fall in coronavirus cases after the fire-break, he said, but yesterday, 16 of Wales’ 22 local authority areas recorded rises in the seven-day rolling case rate. However, the latest calculations suggest R is now as high as 1.4 in Wales. A further 2,494 coronavirus cases have been confirmed today. Everyone living or working in the lower Cynon Valley will be offered a coronavirus test, becoming the second area in Wales to introduce mass testing after Merthyr Tydfil. "If coronavirus were to be back again and we were seeing another upswing of it, I don't want people to be put off from voting because they're fearful of going to a polling station," Mr Drakeford said. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. "We too now have to use the coming weeks to reduce the spread of the virus and create more headroom for the Christmas period," he said. He said the country needs to make a further national effort to bring down rates in those parts of the country where they are high and "to protect those areas from getting any worse, where we have sustained advantages of the firebreak.". A further 21 people have died with coronavirus in Wales and more than 1,100 new positive cases have been confirmed. Defending the decision not to impose local restrictions, Mr Drakeford said there is still variation between infection rates in different local authorities, but the "underlying pattern is quite similar across Wales". Around one-third of the country will be under the most restrictive Tier 3 measures. He said the number of people with coronavirus in hospital has continued to grow week on week. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. Cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues will close, he said. Latest COVID-19 updates from the UK and worldwide - … AN UPDATED version of Wales’ Covid-19 control plan will be published next week, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. It has also been informed by the experience in other parts of the UK. Alert level three (high-risk) – these are the strictest package of restrictions, short of a firebreak or lockdown. He said the Government will begin doing more to promote the use of postal votes should coronavirus still pose a problem. Video 2 minutes 7 seconds Video 2 minutes 7 seconds 2:07. Boris Johnson says face masks should be worn in … He said the Government remains in discussion with local education authorities and teaching unions, but it has been important to the Government throughout the pandemic to prioritise the education of children. It is important that Welsh children do not miss out further on the education that is planned for them through the rest of this term, he said. "Now I know just how hard the sector has worked to put in place measures to protect the public and I know this will be a worrying time for all working in the industry," he said. Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Fold arming up with S-Pen to battle iPhone. However, not everyone who is asked to self-isolate is eligible for payments as the scheme is designed to help those on low incomes and benefits and are not able to work from home. Covid-19: Welsh Government update. ©Copyright 2001-2020. Using a combination of video, striking imagery and creative activities such as painting by numbers we have seen positive engagement figures across Facebook, Twi… Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app and how it works. Later.' South Wales Police say they will use the powers to try to ensure those visiting Cardiff city centre are not breaching any coronavirus rules. Like almost every country in the world, we have put restrictions in place to control the spread of this deadly virus. Home» News» COVID-19 Updates We understand that these are unprecedented and hugely challenging times for our gymnastics community – but we are here to support you in every way we can. Paradise Valley Unified Superintendent Jesse Welsh Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “these are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice”. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Alert level two (medium-risk) – additional, targeted controls are put in place to maintain infection rates at lower levels. Mr Drakeford said that during the firebreak and in the weeks immediately afterwards, the R number fell below 1. Speaking about the scheme, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "The self-isolation scheme will help anyone who faces the choice of staying at home and not being able being able to feed their family or going to work and potentially spreading coronavirus. The plan sets out four alert levels – from alert level one to alert level four: Alert level one (low-risk) – this represents the closest to normality we are likely to have before the summer and the widespread take-up of vaccinations. "Over the course of this pandemic, we have sen howhow the virus has spread – initially among younger age groups and then moving on to older and more vulnerable people.". 20.10.2020 - Welsh Cycling update. 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It will provide greater certainty for people and businesses about the restrictions, which are needed to protect people’s health and slow the spread of the virus. Cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues will also have to close as Wales tries to bring down the rate at which coronavirus infections are increasing. They agreed a five-day period between December 23 and 27, he said, where travel restrictions would be lifted across the UK and up to three households would be able to form a Christmas bubble. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. Alert level four (very high risk) – restrictions at this level are equivalent to a lockdown and reflect the seriousness of the situation. The money has been made available by the Welsh Government, with £32 million earmarked for the self-isolation support scheme to "encourage people to stay-at-home by removing any financial barriers to self-isolating.". A heavily restricted Christmas period was likely to lead to people "making the rules for themselves," the First Minister said. Vaughan Gething will address the country at … 11:21 Jillian MacMath A single set of advice across Wales is the best way to communicate to people what is being asked of them, the First Minister said. All residents and workers without symptoms will be offered repeat coronavirus testing between Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 20, to help find more positive cases and break the chains of transmission. "A rise of over 1,000 people additionally in our hospitals putting enormous pressure on services and staff," he said. Just over 20 staff members have tested positive, he said, adding that there are additional staff currently in isolation. It comes amid more warnings that the Welsh NHS is under "significant pressure". Pubs, restaurants and hotels across all of Wales will face new restrictions that come into force next Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said. In line with Visit Wales' approach, we are also retaining the key message of 'Visit Swansea Bay. The additional powers will be in place in Cardiff from today (November 27) to 5pm on Sunday, November 29. Tougher enforcement action is expected in Cardiff today (November 27) after a chaotic weekend which saw people from locked-down parts of the UK travelling to visit the city. Follow along for live updates from 12.15pm. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. It comes after a weekend of "chaos" in the city, where police believe people from other parts of the UK "migrated" into the Welsh capital to enjoy the open shops, restaurants and pubs. That's all for today from First Minister Mark Drakeford. The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test Trace Protect programme to control the spread of Covid-19. Wales has been annexed to England in legislature since 1535 but coronavirus has enabled the Welsh government to use its devolved powers – granted in 1997 and expanded in … However, he said the Cabinet has agreed to take "further specific and targeted action" to reinforce the current national measures. COVID-19 Update - Welsh Representative Fixtures 25/03/2020 00:00, In Blog / The following Welsh Representative fixtures are either cancelled or postponed for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis: The First Minister said that if the strengthened national measures, together with the efforts everyone is making, do not succeed in reducing the rates of coronavirus, Wales will need to move to alert level four after the five-day Christmas period. The Welsh Government announced on 9 July that all pupils would return to schools on a full-time basis from the start of the new term on 1 September, subject to coronavirus transmission conditions. He agreed it was possible that had there been stricter restrictions coming out of the firebreak, that might have made a difference in case numbers. "We cannot claim freedoms for ourselves at the expense of their welfare and wellbeing," he said. We are continuing to stay engaged with our online customers via our social media platforms, keeping messages in line with government guidance regarding non-essential travel, encouraging the public to #StayHome #StaySafe and #ProtectOurNHS. "We have a single tier in Wales, that is how i would describe it," he said. "This week we have seen restrictions tightened and extended in many countries across Europe," he said. 26 November: Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update. Follow along for live updates from 12.15pm. 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