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Covid news – live: Wales unveil plan to ease restrictions

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Mark Drakeford has outlined Wales’ plan to ease Covid restrictions amid signs the Omicron wave has ‘may have peaked’.

The First Minister said curbs will be gradually removed over the next few weeks “if conditions allow”.

“We can now look to the future with more confidence and plan to gradually lift alert level two restrictions, starting with the outdoor measures,” Mr Drakeford said in a statement.

“But the pandemic is not over yet,” he warned. “We will be closely monitoring the public health situation – this is a fast moving and volatile variant that could change suddenly. I urge everyone to continue to play by the rules and have your vaccines to keep Wales safe.

Earlier, an NHS leader warned that the Omicron surge in England had “compromised” NHS care.

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, warned that while the country has positive signs in the data, the country is “far from over the hill”.

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