Wales to Enter Two Week ‘Fire Break’ Lockdown to Curb Coronavirus Spread | Health News

Wales will enter a “fire break” lockdown for two weeks, requiring everyone to stay home in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Monday that beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, all non essential businesses, such as retail stores, restaurants and bars, will shut down until Nov. 9.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to obtain necessary supplies and health services, exercise alone, access childcare and education, attend court and visit banks. The only exception will be made for essential workers and people with jobs that make it impossible to work from home.

Between Oct. 10 and 16, Public Health Wales confirmed 3,870 new cases of the coronavirus. More than 800 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a number that is 20% higher than just a week ago.

Officials report more than 35,620 cases of the virus in Wales and more than 1,700 people have died.

The rate of infection is currently 1.4, and the seven-day rolling incidence rate for Wales stands at more than 120 cases per 100,000 population, according to the government.

“The aim of a fire break is to reset the clock,” Drakeford said.

Non essential travel within Wales and into and out of Wales will not be allowed during the two-week fire break. Additionally, people are not permitted to visit other households or meet with people they do not live with. Secondary schools, which will be on a break period, will remain closed for an additional week, though primary schools and child care centers will remain open.

Libraries, gyms and places of worship will also be closed.

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Face coverings continue to be mandatory in indoor public spaces that remain open and on public transportation and in taxis.

If people violate the new rules, they could face a fine up to $78 on the first offense and up to $156 on the second.

“A fire break period is our best chance of regaining control of the virus and avoiding a much longer and much more damaging national lockdown,” Drakeford said. “This is the moment to come together, to play our part in a common endeavour.”

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UK Needs Three-Week Lockdown for COVID Reset: Government Adviser | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to impose a three-week period of national lockdown restrictions immediately to stop cases of COVID-19 spiralling, government scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said, adding that current regional measures would not be effective.

“The current tiered restrictions will not bring the transmission rates down sufficiently or prevent the continued spread of the virus,” he said.

“A three-week period of nationally increased restrictions, with the right levels of financial support, will allow us to reset before winter, stop transmission spiralling, protect and prepare health services, give time to get the test-trace-isolate systems fully functional, and save lives,” he said.

Farrar, who is director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said the response needed to be immediate because putting it off would only worsen and lengthen the crisis.

He told Sky News that the best time to have locked down was two to three weeks ago, but it wasn’t too late now.

Senior minister Michael Gove, however, said a two- or three- week national lockdown – named a “circuit breaker” by some – was not being considered.

“The spread and the nature of the disease does not merit that approach at the moment,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

Gove did concede that there were problems with the level of compliance with the rules already in place for those who tested positive for COVID-19.

He said the level of government support available for those who were required to self-isolate was kept under constant review.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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UK needs three-week lockdown for COVID reset: adviser

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to impose a three-week period of national lockdown restrictions immediately to stop cases of COVID-19 spiralling, government scientific adviser Jeremy Farrar said, adding that current regional measures would not be effective.

“The current tiered restrictions will not bring the transmission rates down sufficiently or prevent the continued spread of the virus,” he said.

“A three-week period of nationally increased restrictions, with the right levels of financial support, will allow us to reset before winter, stop transmission spiralling, protect and prepare health services, give time to get the test-trace-isolate systems fully functional, and save lives,” he said.

Farrar, who is director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, said the response needed to be immediate because putting it off would only worsen and lengthen the crisis.

He told Sky News that the best time to have locked down was two to three weeks ago, but it wasn’t too late now.

Senior minister Michael Gove, however, said a two- or three- week national lockdown – named a “circuit breaker” by some – was not being considered.

“The spread and the nature of the disease does not merit that approach at the moment,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

Gove did concede that there were problems with the level of compliance with the rules already in place for those who tested positive for COVID-19.

He said the level of government support available for those who were required to self-isolate was kept under constant review.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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