Wales announces two-week coronavirus ‘firebreak’ lockdown

LONDON — Wales will enter a two-week “firebreak” lockdown on Friday evening, First Minister Mark Drakeford said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference in Cardiff, Drakeford the “sharp and deep” lockdown will start on October 23, at 6pm, and end on November 9. However, its effect won’t be seen until a few weeks later, he said.

During that period, everyone in Wales will be “required to stay at home,” with the exception of critical workers and jobs where working from home is not possible. There will be an exception for some small, already organized local events marking Remembrance Sunday on November 8.

“A firebreak period is our best chance of regaining control of the virus and avoiding a much longer and much more damaging national lockdown,” Drakeford said. “The window we have in which to act is only a small one. To be successful, we need everybody’s help. Here in Wales, this is the moment to come together.”

A further 950 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Wales Sunday, bringing the total number in the nation to 35,628. A total of 1,711 people have died because of coronavirus in Wales sinRead More – Source