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2 metre rule still applies in Wales despite change in England

The Welsh Health Minister's been giving details about Coronavirus outbreaks in food and meat processing plants in North Wales and Merthyr.

Vaughan Gething said 175 cases had been confirmed in the outbreak at the Two Sisters plant on Anglesey. 

A further 70 had been confirmed in an outbreak linked to Rowan Foods in Wrexham, while 35 had been confirmed in an outbreak at a meat plant in Merthyr.

Mr Gething said most businesses had been following the rules but said the sector faced certain issues:

"As many of us know, in the meat processing sector operating margins can be tight, many people are employed on fairly low pay and levels of statutory sick pay mean many people feel they have no choice but to continue working even when they are ill."

Mr gething warned that the outbreaks of Coronavirus linked to these sites means we need to keep our guard up.

All the cases are within the work forces at these plants and their contacts.

Mr Gething said although cases of the virus are going down generally - we have to take care:

"These outbreaks reinforce the need for all of us to continue to take Coronavirus seriously. It has not gone away. there is absolutely no room for complacency."

You can listen to the full briefing here:

 

 

Meanwhile the First Minister Mark Drakeford says the 2 metre social distancing rule will remain in place in Wales despite Boris Johnson saying social distancing can be reduced to one metre in England, as long as people take other steps to protect each other.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers can all prepare to reopen next month on the other side of the River Severn - after Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead to the latest stage of lockdown easing in England:

 

 

 

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