October 25, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown exit plan for Wales ‘puts health first’

A cautious route out of lockdown measures in Wales is “putting people’s health first”, the first minister has said.

Mark Drakeford unveiled a plan for easing restrictions on daily life that have been in place for more than seven weeks.

But there are no dates provided for when changes could be made.

“All our decisions will be based on the latest scientific advice,” said Mr Drakeford.

“We will act carefully and cautiously, in partnership with people, in a way that is right for Wales. And we will put people’s health first,” he added.

But Welsh Conservatives leader Paul Davies described it as “a roadmap to a cul-de-sac, not a roadmap to recovery”, and a “hopeless plan”.

“We need to begin to unlock society but Mark Drakeford seems to have lost his keys,” he said.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said the strategy was “thin on detail” and how it will end community transmission.

He added New Zealand’s model of driving down the R number to reduce avoidable deaths and “eradicate” new cases should be mirrored in Wales, and local lockdowns for clusters should eventually be considered.

“The onus will fall on the Welsh Government to urgently change gear on testing and tracing to allow us to move safely on to the next phase on the path to recovery,” he said.

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