On Friday, June 19, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced plans for the next phase in the easing of restrictions in place in Wales due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the next stage, from Monday, June 22, non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Restrictions will also be lifted for outdoor sports courts for non-contact sports and non-professional athletes can resume training. House viewings in vacant properties and home moves will also be permitted. Other measures, however, remain in place, including rules stating people may only meet one other household outdoors. Travel restrictions requiring people to stay local to their homes remain in place, although from Monday exceptions will be allowed on compassionate grounds. A greater easing of the travel restrictions is expected to take place on Monday, July 6.
As of June 19, health authorities have confirmed 15,001 cases of COVID-19 in wales, with 1475 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected over the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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