Wales has closed schools for two weeks to fight the spread of the coronavirus, despite tight restrictions since before Christmas.
Wales entered a Tier 4 lockdown on December 20th, with restrictions prohibiting non-essential stores, gyms and eateries from opening.
Only essential travel was allowed and work from home was mandated "wherever possible".
This came after Wales was suspended on October 23, causing an initial drop in cases, followed by another sharp surge. First Minister Mark Drakeford said the situation had "gotten worse".
All of Wales is now on Alert 4, which means people should stay home, avoid mingling with other households, and not travel without a reasonable excuse.
Some schools had prepared to resume face-to-face learning as early as Wednesday, but Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced on Monday that schools and colleges would be closed until at least January 18 and move to online learning.
& # 39; Wales remains at the highest level. Everyone has to stay home, ”Ms. Williams said.
The additional measures raise questions for the UK as a whole, as tough measures put in place late last year, similar to those now being imposed on England, did not reverse Wales' misfortune in Covid, suggesting that England could potentially introduce even stricter rules.
Boris Johnson slammed England into a new lockdown tonight as he put in place emergency measures to control the spread of new strains of coronavirus, fearing the NHS could be overwhelmed.
Wales entered a Tier 4 lockdown on December 20, with restrictions prohibiting unnecessary stores, gyms and eateries from opening (Image: Daily coronavirus cases in Wales)
Only one essential travel was allowed and work from home was ordered "wherever possible" (Image: Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital in Wales).
This came after Wales was suspended on October 23, causing an initial drop in cases, followed by another sharp surge. First Minister Mark Drakeford said the situation had "gotten worse" (Image: Deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Wales))
Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown for England on Monday night and closed schools for most students to keep growing coronavirus infections from overwhelming the NHS.
Mr Johnson said the new variant, which is up to 70% more transmissible, had spread in "frustrating and alarming" ways, warning that the number of Covid patients in English hospitals was 40% higher than the first high.
"As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than they have ever been since the pandemic began," he said.
Mr Johnson put his hopes on the swift introduction of vaccines to ease restrictions, admitting "how frustrated you are" and that "you have more than enough government guidance" – but insisted, "now we need more than ever pulling together ". .
"The coming weeks will be the most difficult, but I really believe we are entering the final phase of the fight because with every push that goes into our arms we tilt the odds against Covid and in favor of the British people." & # 39; he added.
The lockdown will go into effect as soon as possible, but Mr Johnson urged the public to abide by the rules immediately.
The Prime Minister's address at 10 Downing Street came after Nicola Sturgeon put Scotland in a new lock
Mr Johnson's statement came after the Chief Medical Officers first raised the UK to the highest level of the Covid-19 alert system.
They warned the NHS about being overwhelmed "in multiple areas" within 21 days without further action.
Restrictions are unlikely to be relaxed until around 13 million people over the age of 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable have received the vaccine and been given enough time to protect – a period of around two to three weeks after receiving the Sting.
Kirsty Williams said the Welsh government will use the next two weeks to work with local government and educational institutions to come up with "the best plan for the remainder of the term".
The government had previously made sure that schools are flexible in the first two weeks of the spring semester so that they can decide when the students want to study again in person.
Universities in Wales are slated to start semesters on a staggered basis and students shouldn't return to face-to-face learning unless informed, she added.
Exams in Wales, due to take place in the summer, had already been canceled.
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