Wales and the south-west of England are particularly bad now. Wales has by far the highest Covid-19 rates of any country in the UK, while in terms of English regions the South West is far ahead.
The case rate in Wales is currently 667 per 100,000 people, while that in southwest England is 675 per 100,000. As Gloucestershire’s director of public health recently said, Professor Sarah Scott, this is probably due in part to lab test errors discovered earlier this month.
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A testing lab in the Midlands, which was one of the main locations for testing to be sent from the South West and Wales, could have recorded 43,000 false negatives.
With all these cases flying, and given that our area is so close to Wales, which the government is threatening to impose more restrictions on, we thought it would be a good time to remind ourselves of the different rules between the England and Wales at present.
Coronavirus rule differences between England and Wales
Overall the rules don’t differ much between England and Wales. However, there are a few differences.
- In Wales, if someone you live with tests positive for Covid-19, you must also self-isolate, even if you are fully vaccinated or are a child over the age of five, until you receive a negative test. In England, fully vaccinated people, as well as children, do not need to self-isolate in this situation at all, unless they themselves test positive.
- Self-isolation payments – paid to those who lose their jobs because they have to self-isolate – are £ 750 in Wales, compared to £ 500 in England.
Mass protests and Covid passports
The NHS Covid pass – which provides proof of natural immunity, vaccination or negative tests – is a legal requirement during mass events in Wales, and it will soon be extended to cover theaters and cinemas. In England, the use of the Covid pass is at the discretion of the location. However, that could change if the UK government switches to Plan B.
Work at home
Employers are no longer encouraged to continue working from home in England. In Wales people are still advised to work from home whenever possible.
The Welsh government still enforces the face covering in indoor public places, such as public transport, shops, gyms and cinemas. Reception areas are exempt from it because of the need to eat and drink in these places. These places can still choose to require guests to wear face masks when not eating or drinking if the owner wishes.
In England, face coverings are recommended in public transport and other public spaces, but not required by law.
Social distancing laws are no different between England and Wales, but the latter still advises it, unlike England.
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