Cymru will not lift all restrictions on June 21— even if England does, says Drakeford


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The First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that Cymru will not lift all Covid restrictions in on June 21, even if England decides to do so.


Speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain, Drakeford said: "Were England to lift all restrictions on the twenty-first of June, that will not be the case in Wales."


He said: “Life in Wales will be very significantly back to as it was before, but there still will be some things which we think are too risky and we we’ll not be allowing those until we’re more certain that we’ve got everybody vaccinated—at least with the first dose and as many people as possible with the second dose—so that we have the maximum protection against any new dangers that this virus— which has had many many unpleasant surprises up its sleeve— that we’re as confident as we can be that we’ve built those protections as high as possible.”


The comments were made amid growing concerns about the spread of the delta variant of the virus across Cymru and the UK.


Delta Varient


The seven-day coronavirus case rate remains very low in Cymru and the positivity rate is less than 1%.


Cymru also has the best vaccination rates in the UK— more than 85% of the population has had one dose, and 45% have been fully vaccinated.


However, there is growing concern about the spread of the delta variant in many parts of the UK, especially in north western England.


There are currently 97 cases in Cymru, including a cluster of cases in Conwy.