COVID-19: First Minister Mark Drakeford to set out how coronavirus rules will be eased in Wales

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  • Mark Drakeford
    First Minister of Wales (born 1954)

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce how COVID rules imposed on Boxing Day - in the face of the Omicron wave of infections - are to be removed.

In a lunchtime news conference on Friday, Mr Drakeford is due to set out how he plans to move Wales back to "level zero" from its current "level two" restrictions.

The Labour politician will detail a two-week plan to ease the restrictions, should the public health situation continue to improve.

The Welsh government's move to "level zero" will be phased, with restrictions on outdoor activities the first to be removed.

Under the "level two" rules, face coverings remained mandatory indoors and people were told to work from home.

Groups were limited to six people in public places such as restaurants, while indoor events of more than 30 people and outdoor events for more than 50 people were banned.

The Welsh government said that the protections put in place in response to Omicron were able to be removed "thanks to the support of people across Wales and the successful booster campaign".

More than 1.75m people have had a booster jab.

On Thursday, Wales reported 3,197 new COVID-19 cases, down from 9,213 the previous Thursday. Deaths, however, were up from six to 11.

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