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COVID-19: Wales will not rule out new lockdowns and ‘track the data’ before easing restrictions | UK News

Further closures in Wales will not be ruled out as the country finds itself in a “very difficult situation” with an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Welsh Minister of Health has said.

Eluned Morgan said Wales would not be in a rush to make a decision on removing their coronavirus restrictions despite England’s plan to do so on July 19.

She said at a press conference in Cardiff: ‘We will have to learn to live with this virus and what I will not give you is assurance that this is the end of the road.

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“We don’t know. There might be a new variant that escapes our vaccines, so I can’t make those kinds of predictions.”

Boris Johnson is expected to announce Monday evening that face masks will no longer be needed in many settings and that social distancing restrictions will be removed from pubs and restaurants in England from July 19.

Baroness Morgan said she was “surprised” that the UK government is in a position to make such predictions and that the Welsh government is “following data rather than politics” when considering whether the measures can be relaxed in the coming years. weeks.

Cardiff Bay ministers have so far refused to follow the UK and Scottish governments in setting a date when they will ease restrictions.

Although Wales has the best vaccination rates in the UK, they argue that experts need more time to analyze to what extent vaccinations have broken the link between infections and hospital cases.

When asked if the majority of COVID-19 restrictions should be lifted, Baroness Morgan replied: “We are very clear that we are still in a very difficult situation as the number of cases is increasing exponentially. still in Wales. “

She told reporters that the emergence of the Delta variant “has increased cases again”, particularly in North Wales where there are “very high” levels of infection in the community.

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