Live coronavirus updates as First Minister Mark Drakeford to give briefing after first week of fire-break lockdown


First Minister Mark Drakeford is to give the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (October 30) as the first week of Wales’ fire-break lockdown comes to an end.

You can follow live news and updates here all day. The First Minister’s press conference starts from 12.15pm.

It comes as the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has warned that two of its hospitals are under “significant pressure with the number of patients attending, both with Covid and non-Covid”, and pleaded with the public to stay away from emergency departments unless it is an emergency.

On Thursday, a further 21 people died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, latest figures have revealed.

Public Health Wales in its daily update confirmed the Covid-19 death toll now stands at 1,848.

The NHS body also announced 1,375 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. Wales as a whole now averages 233 cases of the virus per 100,000 people.

Earlier this week, Mr Drakeford said Wales is likely to be put under a simpler, national set of rules after the fire-break lockdown comes to an end on November 9.

Speaking to WalesOnline, Mr Drakeford said the current system has become “complicated” and a set of rules that apply across the board may be the way forward.

He said: “At the moment our planning looks like we will move towards a national system and not going back to the system of local lockdowns that had built up over a number of weeks.

“They have genuinely played their part and have helped to suppress the virus. Those areas would be in a much worse position if we hadn’t taken those measures.”

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