Live updates as First Minister Mark Drakeford gives a press conference as Wales ends the last remaining Covid-19 regulations
People in Wales will no longer be legally required to wear face coverings in health and social care services from Monday. Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce on Friday that the country will end its latest coronavirus regulations, which have existed in one form or another since March 2020. See more details here.
Wales is currently at zero alert level, with the wearing of face masks in health and social care settings the only remaining legal requirement. Data from Public Health Wales shows that coronavirus infections in the country have steadily declined over the past two months, with an average of 15.1 cases per 100,000 people recorded in the week to May 15.
The Welsh Government has said public health guidelines, including staying up to date with Covid vaccinations and self-isolating with symptoms of Covid-19, will remain in place. Wales was the last British nation with Covid restrictions still in place.
He said in a statement: “Over the past three weeks the public health situation has continued to improve and the number of hospital patients linked to Covid-19 is gradually declining, although the NHS continues to come under pressure from emergency and pandemic.”
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