Live coronavirus updates as First Minister Mark Drakeford to give Welsh Government briefing


First Minister Mark Drakeford is to give the Welsh Government coronavirus briefing today (November 27).

You can follow along here for live updates from 12.15pm.

It comes as Mr Drakeford warned earlier this week that the gains made in Wales by the fire-break lockdown are starting to “fray”.

The Welsh Government cabinet was due to meet on Thursday to discuss how to deal with the time before Christmas, and whether additional restrictions needed to be imposed.

Mr Drakeford said Wales would look “carefully at what other parts of the United Kingdom are doing” before making a decision.

It comes as the Prime Minister announced earlier this week that all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2.

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom.

Around one-third of the country will be under the most restrictive Tier 3 measures.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “these are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice”.

Tougher enforcement action is expected in Cardiff today (November 27) after a chaotic weekend which saw people from locked-down parts of the UK travelling to visit the city.

In an effort to reduce mixing in Wales on Black Friday, police have been given extra powers to carry out random checks on vehicles in Cardiff from 9am.

South Wales Police say they will use the powers to try to ensure those visiting Cardiff city centre are not breaching any coronavirus rules.

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