People will be banned from entering Wales from regions in the UK where there are high rates of the CCP virus, starting from Friday at 6 p.m., the Welsh Government has announced.
“Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales,” said First Minister Mark Drakeford in a statement. “As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling.
“Much of Wales is now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse,” he said.
According to the Welsh government, the ban will be on “areas with a high prevalence of coronavirus in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.”
This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK.
According to Drakeford, the prime minister had ignored his request for travel restrictions on hotspots in England.
The ban will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.
The devolved governments of Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have adopted slightly different approaches to tackling the CCP virus from those set out in England by the central government in Westminster.
The Prime Minister is facing growing cricitism over the three-tier alert system announced on Monday—by those who think it goes too far, not far enough, or lacks scientific rationale.
A Conservative MP yesterday resigned as a ministerial aide in a protest over the government’s lockdown policies, saying that the “attempted cure is worse than the disease.”
Meanwhile, the Labour leader Kier Starmer has called for the government to ditch the new system in favour of a “circuit breaker” lockdown.
A circuit breaker was recommended by the government’s official scientific advisers three weeks ago, according to minutes released on Monday, but the advice was ignored.