Coronavirus: 'Wales to enter 17-day circuit break lockdown', leaked letter reveals

Coronavirus: 'Wales to enter 17-day circuit break lockdown', leaked letter reveals”

Mr Drakeford said the introduction of a new lockdown would deliver a "short, sharp shock " amid concerns NHS services are already struggling to cope.

Wales will be in lockdown for 17 days.

Wales set for a two "circuit break" or "fire break" national lockdown from 6pm Friday.

"There are no easy options to bring the virus back under control".

"Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home unless it is work where staying at home is simply not possible", he said.

"It covers the half-term break (Friday 23 October - Monday 2 November) but some schools will reopen on 2 November", he wrote.

The Labour-led Welsh government has also banned people from travelling into Wales from tier 2 and tier 3 areas in other parts of the UK. "We have created an extra economic resilience fund of nearly £300m", he added.

He called on the Welsh Government to be "open and transparent" on the evidence to support a lockdown and if the First Minister is committing Wales to rolling Wales-wide lockdowns every month. They will continue to provide a blend of in-person and online learning, he said. "Students will also have to stay at home in their university accommodation".

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He explained that households will not be able to meet up with other households "indoors or outdoors" during the lockdown.

"But he said there would be an exception for adults living alone and single parents who will be able to join with one other household for support".

Mr Drakeford told a Welsh Government press conference in Cardiff that the "firebreak" was necessary to reduce the spread of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

In response to the leaked letter, a Welsh government spokesperson said: "The measures we have put in place at both a local and a national level, with help from the public, have kept the spread of the virus under check".

Mark Drakeford announced further funds for businesses.

On Friday the Welsh government banned anyone from visiting the country if they travel from areas of high Covid infection rates such as Manchester and Liverpool, effectively cutting off physical property viewings for some agents near the English border.

The UK recorded 16,982 new daily cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to government data issued on Sunday (18), up from 16,717 the previous day.

Public Health Wales said three further deaths had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,711.

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