Some key Welsh Government COVID-19 news today:
Supermarkets and Places of Work
The Welsh Government are tightening rules for supermarkets and businesses which remain open under the current Alert Level 4 restrictions. These include:
- Signs visible to help people keep their distance and make their way around stores
- Sanitiser available for hands & trolleys
- Systems to limit number of people who can be in store at any one time
- All businesses will need to re-run their risk assessments to take account of the new strain of coronavirus.
These measures, which are currently set out in guidance, are being put into law.
Progress on Vaccinations
126,375 people in Wales have now received the coronavirus vaccine. There will be a significant increase in deliveries of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine into Wales from next week. The Welsh Government are continuing to work through the list of priority – please be wary of scams and wait for a letter or phone call from your local Health Board to invite you for an invitation.
Current Case Levels
This week, Wales passed the grim milestone of over 5,000 deaths from the pandemic. Case levels remain high, but there are the early signs of improvement. The all-Wales case rate has now fallen below 400 cases per 100,000 people. While we are seeing the early signs of improvement, it falls on all of us to closely stick to the rules for this improvement to continue in the weeks ahead.
Travel into Wales
There are currently no flights into Wales, and the first future flights expected into Wales are early next month. From next Monday, all passengers arriving into Wales from abroad will have to take a pre-departure coronavirus test up to 72 hours before departing and present a negative result.
This is to protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally from entering Wales.