Covid: 'Draconian' measures could be reintroduced in Wales if cases keep rising

Could Wales be heading toward further restrictions? Credit: PA

More “draconian” public health measures could be reintroduced in Wales if cases of coronavirus continue to increase, the chief medical officer has warned.

Dr Frank Atherton said he is “disappointed” to see that many people seem to have have stopped carrying out basic measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Wales’ coronavirus infection rate is at its highest level since the pandemic began, with 3,152 new positive cases reported on Sunday October 24.

A further 12 deaths were also recorded, bringing the total number of people who have lost their lives because of coronavirus to 6,086.

Dr Frank Atherton said he had concerns about a lack of mask wearing Credit: PA

“I think most, or a significant proportion of the Welsh population are still behaving with extreme caution and realises we’re not out of the woods yet, but there is a sense with some places that this is all over,” Dr Atherton told BBC Radio Wales on Monday.

“When you see people not using face coverings when it’s a legal requirement to do so, that worries me.

“When you see people crowding into taxis, as I saw in Cardiff Bay last night, without face coverings and not being challenged, that worries me.

“I see leisure centres that are overcrowded and not social distancing, that worries me.

“This is how the virus is spreading.

“Unless we as a society organise ourselves in a way that we follow the guidance that we know will stop transmission of the virus then unfortunately more draconian measures and legislative requirements may need to be brought back in.”

The Welsh Government is due to announce another review of the coronavirus rules on Friday October 29.

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