Coronavirus national lockdown ended at the beginning of the month, with a new tier system in place from December 2. The Government’s revamped tiers seek to put pressure on the virus and reduce infections on a regional basis, with most areas starting on the highest level. But infection rates have jumped again in recent weeks, leaving people questioning whether the country requires harsher measures.
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Cases across England recently skyrocketed, especially in London, where ministers blamed the outbreak on a Covid-19 variant.
The rising case rate has prompted a discussion about English restrictions, namely whether or not the Government should drop Christmas arrangements.
Currently, they allow people to combine three “bubbles” between December 23 and 27, but the opposition and health experts have called for officials to drop these plans.
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In addition to these alert level four rules, people will also have to limit contact at Christmas to just two households mixing.
Mr Drakeford explained: “Here in Wales, the position is that only two households should come together to form an exclusive Christmas bubble during the five-day period.
“The fewer people we mix with in our homes, the less chance we have of catching or spreading the virus.
“None of us wants to be ill this Christmas. And we don’t want to give coronavirus to our close family or friends.”