‘We will ease COVID restrictions next week if the Omicron wave hits Wales’ – First Minister

The First Minister said the Welsh government would consider easing restrictions in Wales next week if the decline in Covid cases continues.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford offered the prospect of an easing of COVID restrictions in the Senate as he faced questions from Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies. It came as Scotland announced it was lifting all crowd restrictions at outdoor sports games.

Lockdown restrictions in Wales are to be reviewed again this Friday, the 14th, followed a week later by another review on Friday the 21st, which Mr Drakeford is focusing on as a possible point when restrictions are eased. May go.

“Next week will mark the end of the three-week review period,” Mr Drakeford said. “If we’re lucky enough, and it’s huge, and we find that we’ve passed that peak and we’re having a credible reduction in the impact of the coronavirus on us, then we’ll see if we can take some rest. What we can do is provide the protection we were supposed to do, but we will not do so until we are convinced that the scientific and medical advice is that it is safe to proceed in that direction.”

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Mr Drakeford, however, cautioned that the scientific modeling the Welsh government is following suggests that any peak due to the Omicron version could be 10 days away.

Mark Drakeford told Plenary: “One little piece of good news is the same modeling show numbers seem to decline relatively rapidly.

“Once we are in a position to know that Wales has passed the peak of the impact it will have on our public services, on private sector workers, on our healthcare’s ability to deal with the ever-increasing numbers of people A hospital bed because of the coronavirus so we would like to start relaxing some protections as soon as possible but as safely as possible, while the Omicron wave was still coming upon us.

“But we are not at that point today. We will review the data as we do every day and every week.”

Mr Drakeford was responding to Welsh Conservative group leader Andrew RT Davies’ questions about modelling, omicrons and sanctions. Mr Davies expressed concern over more fans being allowed into the clubhouse than to watch a game on Boxing Day and the effect restrictions have made on ParkRun Events.

Mr Drakeford said: “All actions of the Welsh Government are recommended to us and supported by our clinical and scientific advisers.

“This is a government that follows that science does not spend its time trying to pressure scientists to give us advice that would be politically convenient for us. Nor do I agree with them that their It is practically impossible to do some of the things said by.

“I see many, many, many people running in the park in organized groups within the current level of security. Fifty people can get together and 50 others can help organize themselves into this type of activity and many more.” Many people are taking advantage of this.

“We will review security. As soon as we get advice that it is safe to do so. Then, of course we would like to start reversing the journey we had to make while Wales is in the teeth of Omicron Storm and let me be clear that we Where are we? We are still facing huge pressure.”

Mr Davies said park runs are taking place across the UK and sporting events are taking place in great numbers.

“Yesterday, the Scottish National Clinical Director said the extent of the crowd had little difference in their case numbers,” he said.

“With the Six Nations just around the corner which is an important part of the business model for many Welsh businesses, particularly Welsh rugby union, it is important that you provide them with a clear understanding of the direction of travel. What’s the latest modeling and advice Can you confirm or at least give an indication of when fans will be able to return to the stadium when they’re well?”

Mr Drakeford told MS: “The latest modeling shows that the peak of the Omicron wave of the coronavirus is yet to reach Wales and we may be 10 days away from the peak. The numbers could continue to climb very rapidly.

“As I’ve said many times, the one little piece of good news is the same modeling show numbers seem to decline relatively quickly.

“Once we are in a position to know that Wales has passed the peak of the impact it will have on our public services, on private sector workers, on our healthcare’s ability to deal with the ever-increasing numbers of people A hospital bed because of the coronavirus so we would like to start relaxing some of the protections as soon as possible but as safely as possible the ommicron wave was still coming at us.

“But we are not at that point today. We will review the data as we do every day and every week.

“Next week will be the end of the three-week review period. If we’re lucky enough, and it’s huge, and we find that we’ve passed that peak and there’s a credible reduction in the impact of the coronavirus on us, then we Will look to see what we can do to reduce some of the protection, but we won’t do it until we are convinced that the scientific and medical advice is that it is safe to move in that direction. “

Mr. Davis implores him to provide a road map out of the restrictions in your review due this Friday.

To that question, the First Minister replied: “We will do what the leader of the Conservative Party said we should do at the beginning of that last question, we will follow the modeling.

“As I have told them, the modeling currently shows that we are not yet at the peak of the coronavirus in Wales.

“No one, I think, in a responsible position would argue that we should reduce the level of protection available here in Wales, while the number of people suffering from the Omicron wave is increasing, not coming down.

“Once we are in a position where we believe we have overtaken the peak, and the numbers are actually falling, that will be the point at which we are able to determine, of course, we Would like to have a plan to reduce some of the protections that currently exist because then the numbers in Wales will improve, not deteriorate.

“The model tells us that we may see them getting worse over the next week. It just wouldn’t be responsible in those circumstances to think that this is the moment you start removing the protections that are helping to save people.” Hire more people with this virus, reduce pressure on the NHS.

“They are the reasons we take action here in Wales and we would not be happy to do so.”

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