Coronavirus LIVE: Vaughan Gething to provide updates on outbreak after record number of cases in Wales


Health Minister Vaughan Gething will attend the Welsh government press conference on the coronavirus virus, following a record number of positive tests in Wales yesterday.According to the latest figures from Public Health Wales from Tuesday, October 20, 1,148 positive cases have been identified in labs in the past 24 hours.

It is the highest amount recorded in Wales in a day and comes with Wales set to enter a two-week ‘firewall’ lockdown on Friday, in a bid to stop the rise.

The figures also showed that 680 people tested positive for Covid-19 in North Wales during the week ending October 18, as new heat maps giving a more detailed breakdown of cases in the areas , are published.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has warned workers in Wales to lose their jobs if the UK Treasury does not waive eligibility conditions for its leave program.

The Welsh Labor leader’s warning came after Chancellor Rishi Sunak rejected his request to come up with a new employment support package within a week to account for the start of the two-week lockdown in Wales on Friday .

The UK’s current job retention scheme, which will last until the launch of the new support scheme on November 1, is currently only available to workers on leave of at least three weeks before the 30 June.

Mr Drakeford said in a letter to Mr Sunak on Tuesday that those ineligible for the scheme risked dismissal if their employers could not access financial support to pay their wages before the new scheme took effect.

“Employers with no income will be faced with the difficult decision to pay all of the wage costs of these employees or to fire them,” he said.

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