Mark Drakeford has declared that Wales will go into a national “time-limited firebreak” lockdown, describing the measure as a “short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time”.
Addressing the public in a coronavirus briefing this afternoon, the First Minister updated viewers on discussions his cabinet has had over the weekend and announced that a lockdown will come into place on Friday at 6pm.
2.3 million people in Wales are living under local lockdown rules but Drakeford has further measures must be taken, arguing: “If we do not act now, it will continue to accelerate and there is a very real risk our NHS will be overwhelmed.”
The lockdown will cover a two-week period, which the Welsh Labour leader said was the shortest that the devolved government could make it. He explained that it is designed to be “sharp and deep to have the maximum impact on the virus”.
Drakeford said: “This means working from home wherever possible. The only exceptions will be critical workers and jobs where working from home is simply not possible.