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Fire-break lockdown decision to be made at Monday cabinet meeting

  First Minister Mark Drakeford announces the new changes to lockdown restrictions in Wales

The Welsh Government will meet on Monday morning as it looks to make a decision on whether to bring in a two or three week "fire-break" lockdown.

In a statement released on Sunday evening a Welsh Government spokesperson said “The measures we have put in place at both a local and a national level, with help from the people of Wales, have kept the spread of Covid-19 under check.

“However, there is a growing consensus we now need to introduce a different set of measures and actions to respond to the virus as it continues to spread across Wales more quickly during the autumn and winter months ahead.

“Ministers have held a number of meetings over the weekend with senior Welsh Government officials, scientists and public health experts to consider their advice on a potential need for a ‘fire break’ set of measures to control the virus.

“The Welsh Cabinet met this evening to consider that advice. The Cabinet will meet again tomorrow morning to make a final decision. The First Minister will update the people of Wales on any decisions taken tomorrow.”

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The statement comes as nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Sunday across Wales.

A leaked letter on Saturday sent to transport operators in Wales suggests the Welsh Government is considering a 17-day lockdown that would involve the closure of all non-essential retail and hospitality.

Mr Drakeford will lead the Welsh Government's 12:15pm press conference on Monday in Cathays Park.

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