Wales’ First Minister has introduced that lockdown can be reviewed once more subsequent week (Friday, December 17) due to the pace at which Omicron is spreading.
First Minister Mark Drakeford made the announcement as he fronted a coronavirus briefing at 12.15pm on Friday, December 10. We’ll have dwell updates beneath.
He additionally answered questions on the cupboard’s resolution to maintain Wales at alert stage zero. The one change right here is new recommendation on face masks in eating places and pubs and for folks to take lateral circulation checks earlier than assembly family and friends. See more detail on those changes here.
Mr Drakeford warned that omicron’s speedy unfold meant the NHS may very well be overwhelmed even when the variant solely triggered gentle sickness.
He mentioned: “The sheer pace at which this variant strikes, means it has the potential to contaminate giant numbers of individuals. This may then translate into a big enhance in hospital admissions over the following month, at a time when the NHS is already beneath intense stress.”
Eating places in Wales have already reported an increase in cancellations as worry over the variant rises. Individuals in Scotland have, from today, been told to cancel Christmas parties, however that message has not been repeated in Wales. Mr Drakeford mentioned folks ought to simply take lateral circulation checks earlier than going out.
On Thursday, there have been stories the First Minister of Wales had called for a complete lockdown between Christmas and New Yr throughout a telephone name between Michael Gove and the primary ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire.
There have been a complete of 817 confirmed circumstances of the Omicron variant within the UK as of Thursday, the UK Well being Safety Company mentioned. No new circumstances had been introduced in Wales on Thursday.
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