First Minister Mark Drakeford is to give the Welsh Government briefing today (January 8) as he sets out the outcome of the 21-day review of Wales’ coronavirus restrictions.
You can follow along here for live updates from 12.15pm.
He has already announced that measures are set to be strengthened in “key areas” as the lockdown is extended for three weeks across the nation.
This means non-essential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed, and people must stay home and work from home if they can.
Schools in Wales will stay shut until February and are not likely to re-open until after half term
He also warned that unless there was a “significant” drop in cases before January 29 – when the next three-week review of the regulations is carried out – school and college students will continue to learn online until the February half-term.
He said: “The coronavirus pandemic has reached a significant point. Cases in Wales remain very high and our NHS is under real and sustained pressure.
“The alert Level 4 restrictions we introduced before Christmas must remain in place to keep us all safe.”
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It comes after Wales’ two top doctors detailed the pressure that hospitals across Wales are facing .
Speaking during the press briefing on Wednesday, January 6, chief executive of NHS Wales, Dr Andrew Goodall said: “The number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms has continued to rise over the last two weeks.
“There are now almost 2,800 Covid-related patients in Welsh hospitals – this is 4% higher than the same point last week. This is the highest number on record.
“If this trend continues, very soon the number of coronavirus-related patients in hospital will be twice the peak we saw during the first wave in April.”
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