Wales told to prepare for second firebreak lockdown in January

Wales told to prepare for second firebreak lockdown in January

A second firebreak lockdown could be imposed in Wales by January or February next year, a leading politician has claimed.

Deputy minister for economy and transport Lee Waters said the Welsh Government was trying to “flatten the curve” of the second wave of Covid-19 but could not stop the virus from spreading entirely.

He admitted people were “thoroughly fed-up” of restrictions, with frustration and anger directed towards the government making the decision.

“That is inevitable and I’m afraid its going to get worse,” Mr Waters told BBC Wales’ Sunday Supplement.

“This is not the last lockdown we’re likely to see. I think the projections in the papers we’ve published on our worst-case scenarios shows it’s likely we’re going to need to have another firebreak in January or February.

“It’s important that we can show that we are being rational, we’re being evidence-based and we are being transparent. We are trying our best to do that.”

Mr Waters said epidemiologists had predicted more than one peak of coronavirus, with the second worst than the first and “the third worse again”.

“We are doing our best to try and flatten the curve,” Mr Waters said.

“We can’t stop the curve, we cannot stop this virus spreading and our best hope is to wait for a vaccine to help us to bring it under control.

“Until we have that, we’re going through what the epidemiologists called the hammer and the dance.

“The hammer comes down and then you emerge from it so a dance of in, out, move around, down comes the hammer again when it gets out of control. That’s what we’re seeing across the world.”

Mr Waters told the programme the ban on supermarkets selling non-essential goods had “certainly gone down badly” with many people.

The ban has been enforced during the firebreak to ensure fairness and reduce the amount of time people are in supermarkets, Mr Waters said.