Welsh Government says there are no plans for Wales to go back into lockdown again this year

The fire-break in Wales is likely to be the last lockdown for the country until at least the end of the year, the Welsh Government has said.

The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering new national lockdown measures for England, after scientists warned that half a million people were being infected with coronavirus each week.

Mr Johnson is expected to announce the measures for England at a press conference on Monday, according to The Times.

Everything except essential shops and education settings could be closed under the new measures, the paper said, but no final decisions are believed to have been made. You can read more about those plans here.

The Welsh Government has confirmed those measures are not likely to have a significant impact on Wales, where a 17-day fire-break continues.



Health minister Vaughan Gething said Wales’ fire-break lockdown should see the country through to the new year
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Health minister Vaughan Gething has said a new national set of rules imposed after November 9 should be sufficient to see the country though to the new year.

Speaking to Times Radio this morning (October 31), he said: “We’ve been clear that we’re acting at this point, we’re acting to have a definitive fire-break. We’ll see the benefit of that come after the fire break ends.

“We’ve also been very clear with the new national set of rules we’ll have, we all need to do our bit and we as a government have a continuing responsibility to look at what’s happening and act on the basis of the evidence.”

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He said they won’t hesitate to act further if the situation demands it, but the plan is to reach 2021 without further intervention.

“We want to get to the end of the year, but if we need to act further before the end of the year then, of course, we’ll be prepared to do so.

“But our aim is to have a clear settlement that allows us to get to the end of the year without this form of intervention again.”

Asked whether another lockdown can be ruled out completely before January, Mr Gething said: “None of us can know where exactly we’ll be in six weeks time let alone three month’s time.

“It would be foolish and just not honest to tell the public that we can rule out measures at some point in the future.”

He added: “In the future, we may have to act but this is what we think we can do if we all buy into a new way of living, to think of what we can do, to allow us all to get to the end of the year.

“And then, of course, we’ll have to reassess the position that we’re in.”