The public health situation is ‘worse than it was three weeks ago’ thanks to rising infection rates, but the Welsh government sees no reason to change the restrictions that remain in place in the country. Wales, except for a few minor amendments. Beginning Saturday, people attending marriage and civil partnership ceremonies will no longer be legally required to wear a face covering, bringing them in line with wedding receptions.
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Throughout the pandemic, the Welsh government has reviewed the measures in place every three weeks. Although it was confirmed that nothing material will change on Friday, the government continues to consider the use of certification for entry into “higher risk settings.”
Wales went to zero alert on August 7 when all dating limits were removed and all businesses were allowed to reopen. Even so, face coverings are still mandatory in most public places, everyone should continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms of Covid or a positive test result, and companies should take reasonable steps to. minimize the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Over the past 18 months people have worked together to keep Wales safe. The need to do this is greater than it has ever been. The number of cases is increasing and the public health situation is worse than it was three weeks ago, when we went to zero alert. It is vital that we all continue to take precautions to ensure that the progress we have made is not lost. “
He urged people to get vaccinated and take “daily steps” to reduce the risk of infection. He added: “Actions like these will help end the need for tougher measures. The pandemic is still with us and that means we need to get vaccinated and continue to take precautions to keep the virus under control. “
The regulations will be reviewed again on September 16.
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The Welsh Minister of Health on Thursday said rising infection rates were cause for concern but remained within levels the Welsh government expected to see. Eluned Morgan said the mixing of young people was the main driver behind the increase in the rate, but the increase in coronavirus cases among those over 60 creates “the greatest concern.”
This week, the number of people confirmed with Covid-19 at Wales Hospital rose above 200 for the first time since March 2021. However, the number of Covid patients in Welsh hospitals remains low, which shows how much the vaccine has weakened the link between cases and serious illnesses.
Although the Prime Minister has said the easing of restrictions was ‘not a one-way street’, the Welsh government is not currently discussing restrictions which may have to come back into force in Wales if cases continue to rise.
In the past week, eighty cases of Covid have been linked to pubs and clubs in Swansea Bay and the Boardmasters music festival with a capacity of 50,000 people. in Cornwall has resulted in at least 56 new positive cases arriving in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
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