Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Wales bars travelers from UK COVID-19 hotspots

Wales bars travelers from UK COVID-19 hotspots

This is the reason that the Welsh Government are, "preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher Covid infection rates across the United Kingdom from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them".

Under the new three-tier system of alerts, areas of England will have different restrictions depending on their level of cases but there are no travel restrictions on those in the highest area (currently affecting Merseyside).

"Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government's position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government's actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area".

It also means travel in and out of the Liverpool city region is "advised against" but not illegal or banned.

He put the blame for the action squarely on Boris Johnson, saying the PM had ignored two letters requesting he introduce travel restrictions in areas of England with high case rates.

"I've always thought it's an issue of high-incidence areas and low-incidence areas, wherever they may be".

'I want to be clear today that I back the calls from the First Minister of Wales and I'll be writing to the Prime Minister today to seek urgent talks on that issue, ' she said.

Asked how can Wales prevent, for example, a family from Merseyside going on a half-term holiday to Llandudno.

Mr Gething said the country had previously been through this with the stay local guidance introduced in Wales in the earlier months of the pandemic.

"Number plates are one of the ways in which they are able to identify cars that are travelling long distances, but that won't be the only way".

The news comes as the First Minister of Wales has threatened to ban English people from crossing the border.

"Over the next few days, we will need to make a decision by the end of this week".

He added: "The Prime Minister could contact me today".

The areas that this now will apply to are those that are considered to be "high" and "very high" risk levels.

"We'll move forward on that basis as we consider a wider basket of measures that we may need to take to help keep Wales safe through the winter".

However hard it may be to enforce, the sad truth is that these measures are beginning to look necessary once more; at a press conference earlier today, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford revealed that the nation's caseload has reached 100 per 100,000 people.

"People in Wales living in Cardiff where I am, for example, are not allowed to travel to Pembrokeshire, because in Pembrokeshire there is very little coronavirus in circulation".

"Mr Davies also referred to a paper that accompanied the First Minister's letter to the Prime Minister yesterday, a paper - that was not peer-reviewed - that confirms the data "...does not constitute definitive proof" in favour of a travel ban".

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