Students will return to school no earlier than February 22
On January 29, the first Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, announced an extension of the quarantine for three weeks, writes The Evening Standard. Now in Wales, there are fourth level coronavirus restrictions: people work from home whenever possible, cafes and restaurants cook only for take-out and delivery, schools are closed for most students.
Local authorities allowed one indulgence: from January 30, two people from different households can play sports outdoors.
Students will not return to their desks until February 22, Drakeford added. Pupils of the elementary grades will be the first to start classes, but only in case of a favorable epidemiological situation.
The R coefficient, showing how many people can infect one patient with coronavirus, in Wales is 0.7-0.9.
Over the last week of January, doctors identified 203 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people – three times less than before Christmas. Then in Wales, the highest percentage of infection was recorded – 650 cases per 100 thousand people, according to the BBC. The decrease was made possible thanks to quarantine and vaccination, says Mark Drakeford: 362 thousand people have already received the first dose of the vaccine.