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Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister

First published:
16 October 2020
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

We have introduced local restrictions in 15 local authority areas as well as in Llanelli and Bangor to control rapid and sharp increases in coronavirus cases. These restrictions are formally reviewed every week and we did so again yesterday. The first restrictions came into force in Caerphilly borough just over a month ago, with the most recent in Bangor a week ago.

The general trend in Wales is a worsening situation and most areas where local restrictions are in place have reported a seven-day trend where covid-19 cases have increased. Working closely with local authorities and public health experts, we have concluded the public health context means we cannot ease restrictions, and they will be in place for at least another seven days.

There is evidence in all parts of Wales that these restrictions, and the efforts of local people and local services are making a positive difference. Over the last seven days, however, the difference has served to slow down, rather than turn back the virus. I continue to be very grateful to the people of Wales for all the efforts they have made and continue to make.