Visitors are advised to pack subsequent flow tests in their suitcases if they are on holiday here from parts of the UK with higher rates of coroanvirus.
The British government is asking residents of eight regions of England where the worrying Indian variant is concentrated: Bolt , Blackburn , Kirklees , Bedford , Burnley , Leicester , Hounslow and North Tyneside – to minimize travel outside the area.
But the council stops before restricting movement beyond these areas.
With good weather forecasts and Wales’ tourism sector hoping for a boost, the Prime Minister urged travelers from across the UK, especially England’s eight hot zones, to use and pack lateral flow test kits if they come to Wales.
“Our tourism businesses are looking forward to a busy week and the start of the summer season.
“I urge anyone planning a break in Wales in an area with higher rates of coronavirus, to test themselves regularly, using the free Covid-19 lateral flow tests, before traveling. Only those who have a negative test result and no symptoms of coronavirus should travel.
‘Anyone arriving in Wales from areas with higher coronavirus prevalence should bring side-flow test kits to continue regular testing during the holidays – this is an additional measure to help keeping Wales safe. Side flow test kits are also available locally throughout Wales. “
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on Wednesday did not tell residents of India’s Covid hotspots not to travel to Wales for the bank holiday weekend when asked about it on television in direct.
Asked about BBC Breakfast whether families in sensitive areas who had booked to go to Wales over the Bank Holiday weekend should cancel their trip, he said: ‘They will have to make their own judgment based on their own situation .
“I would say you judge your own situation, try to minimize travel, but if people have booked things, I won’t tell them they should tear up their plans.”
The latest figures show that more than 3,200 cases of the worrying Indian variant have been identified in England, including 57 in Wales.
Wales Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton said on Monday the number of cases of the variant in Wales was underestimated and is expected to rise.
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The seven-day infection rate in Wales is the UK’s lowest at 8.9, based on the number of new confirmed infections per 100,000 population in the week to May 21, an increase by compared to the 8.6 reported on Tuesday. Case for your region here.
Monmouthshire now has the highest seven-day infection rate in Wales at 20.1 per 100,000, followed by Bridgend at 18.4 and Newport at 15.5.
Mr Drakeford added: “Throughout the pandemic, a clear and consistent pattern of the spread of the coronavirus along travel corridors has emerged. This is true in Wales, across the UK and around the world. The virus travels with people, and people bring the virus. viruses into new areas as they move.
“Our best way out of this pandemic remains our impressive vaccination program. I urge everyone to continue to adopt the same cautious and protective behaviors that we have adopted throughout this pandemic while continuing to vaccinate the rest of the eligible population in Wales. “