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Coronavirus: Lockdown in Wales to be extended next week

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The lockdown in Wales will be extended and not be lifted next week, the first minister has confirmed.Mark Drakeford said Wales must "not throw away gains" made against coronavirus "by abandoning our efforts just as they begin to bear fruit".He expects other parts of the UK to do the same.Exactly what will follow the current regime will be agreed over the coming days, he said.The stay-at-home regulations, which have been implemented separately in each of the UK's four nations, were due to end next week.
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Mark Drakeford: "We will not throw away the gains we have made"
Addressing AMs, he said: "We will not throw away the gains we have made, and the lives we can save, by abandoning our efforts just as they begin to bear fruit."Mr Drakeford said he had discussed the matter with ministers in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and the UK government. "There is more work to do in reviewing the regulations," the first minister said."The precise nature of what will follow the current regime will be agreed over the coming days."Speaking an hour earlier, at the Welsh Government's daily coronavirus press conference, Local Government Minister Julie James urged people to follow the social distancing guidelines and stay at home over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.Ms James said: "Working together we can slow the spread of this virus. Stay at home and save lives."The actions which people take this weekend, and the coming weeks ahead, "will shape Wales for years to come", she added.
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Mr Drakeford said he believes the stay-at-home rules will also be continuing elsewhere in the UK into the next week.He was asked by Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price if he thinks the UK government should announce the lockdown extension in England before the Easter weekend."I believe they will be continuing elsewhere in the United Kingdom," he said of the lockdown measures."And if we can get that single message in a concerted united way out across the United Kingdom that of course would give it additional force and strength."
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