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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Latest coronavirus update from Welsh Government

* First Minister Mark Drakeford at the briefing.

Latest coronavirus update from the Welsh Government, dated yesterday, is:

·       First Minister Mark Drakeford today set out the latest changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales following the sixth review.

o   Watch the press conference again:

·      Welsh Government has today published updated guidance to support higher education, further education and work based providers as they continue to prepare for the autumn term and beyond
·         A number of changes have been made to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) (Amendment) (No3) Regulations 2020, which require people returning to the UK to self-isolate for 14 days if they have visited certain countries.

o   Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines have been added to the list of exempt countries and territories;
o   Luxembourg has been removed from the list of exempt countries and territories.

·         The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has written to the 130,000 people who are shielding in Wales confirming shielding will be paused on 16 August. The letters set out the next steps and advice for this group of people:
·         Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services Julie Morgan has published a written statement about an action plan for care homes:
·         A series of priority actions to support Wales’ world class food and drink industry recover from the impact of coronavirus have been jointly published by the Welsh Government and the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board
·         The Welsh Government has announced a £53m fund to help Wales’ diverse culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

o   It will provide essential support to theatres, galleries, music venues, heritage sites, museums, galleries, archive services, events and festivals, and independent cinemas who have all seen a dramatic loss of revenue due to the pandemic. Funding will support both organisations and individuals in the sector.
o   The announcement is on top of the £18m portfolio package provided in April, which was delivered by the Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and Sport Wales.
·         The latest figures published by Public Health Wales show there are a total of 17,258 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales – the real number will be much higher.

o   Public Health Wales has reported a total of 1,560 deaths from coronavirus.

Where to find the latest information

·         Public Health Wales provides a daily update about the number of cases of coronavirus in Wales. It is available at:
·         Information about coronavirus is available on the Welsh Government’s website at and
·         Queries about support for businesses, including about eligibility for the Economic Resilience Fund? Visit the Business Wales website
·         If you can help the effort to produce PPE in Wales please visit
·         Want to know when and where to wear a face mask?

·         The Welsh Government holds a regular media briefing about coronavirus. These are on-the-record, on-camera and routinely supported by a BSL translator. They will be held at 12.30pm. They are live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel and are broadcast live on BBC One Wales and S4C.

o   From the week beginning July 20, the Welsh Government press conference will be held every Tuesday and on the Fridays following the 21-day review of the coronavirus regulations.
o   First Minister Mark Drakeford held today’s press conference:

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