Wales to go into COVID 'fire-breaker' lockdown on Friday as cases climb.

Wales is due to go into a temporary lockdown on Friday for two weeks, with the Welsh government claiming this so-called “fire breaker” will help the country fight an outbreak of coronavirus.

From 9th November the public will be told not to leave their homes, all non-essential businesses will close including pubs, restaurants and shops and some pupils will be told not to go back to school. Years 9 and above will not be allowed back into classrooms until after the lockdown.

Households will not be able to mix indoors or outdoors and all other national restrictions will apply, including the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport and shops. Places of worship will be closed except for weddings and funerals, and libraries, community centres and other non-essential public places will be closed down.

Wales currently has 130 cases per 100,000 people in the last week, with Welsh politicians claiming without action now the NHS will not be able to cope with a winter season of coronavirus and flu.

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