Despite the rollout of vaccine in the UK, coronavirus refuses to leave the country. On 18 February 2021, the number of confirmed cases in the UK was, reportedly, 4,083,242.
There is some fall in cases, but lockdowns continue across many parts of the country!
In a latest development, Wales has extended its lockdown for another 3 weeks, with the next review of regulations focusing on reopening of non-essential stores.
This comes in the wake of a recent announcement made by Northern Ireland to extend its lockdown till 1 April 2021 – though non-essential retailers may start click-and-collect services from 8 March 2021.
England and Scotland are also all set to reveal their lockdown plans soon.
Mark Drakeford, Wales’ First Minister, has said that while lockdown has been extended, phased return to schools for youngest pupils begins today (22 February).
He added that restrictions may further be eased by Easter, which may also include welcoming back tourists.
The Minister also said that there will be efforts to protect areas with low levels of coronavirus from those with high levels. He said that the restrictions could be eased as early as in 3 weeks as there is decline in number of cases.
The country’s Stormont Executive said it would publish roadmap out of lockdown next Monday (1 March 2021).