‘Baffling!’ Wales First Minister warns Boris to make ‘sensible’ choice to lockdown England
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The Welsh First Minister has suggested that he could close the border to England if the Prime Minister refuses to ban people from leaving areas under local coronavirus restrictions. Mark Drakeford also hinted that Wales could go into a circuit break lockdown, a recommendation that Boris Johnson did not take for England. The Labour politician told Sky News that he was “baffled” by the British leader’s reluctance on both the border and lockdown issues.
He said: “It flies in the face of the advice from SAGE which was put forward for the UK.
“I don’t think it is sensible for the UK Government to dismiss that idea.
“They ought to sit down with everybody, look at it seriously and then make a proper decision.
“We are also at a difficult moment as the number of hospitalisations has grown.”
Mr Drakeford continued: “The virus has been more effectively suppressed here in Wales so we don’t have anything like the numbers you see in other parts of the United Kingdom.
“But we want to act now in order to prevent the worst from happening, to give us a better chance of getting through the rest of the autumn and winter.
“If a circuit breaker is the right way to do it then that is what we will do.
“I don’t think we are absolutely at that point but the detailed work is going on.”
The Welsh leader added: “I am baffled why the Prime Minister continues to resist both this idea and the travel ban.
“I fully understand and fully support the position that Keir Starmer has set out.
“They are talking in an English context where the danger is already far greater.”
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As of October 13, Wales reported 764 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths.
In contrast, England record over 14,000 new cases.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a circuit break lockdown to prevent a “sleepwalk into a long and bleak winter”.
SAGE have reportedly calculated that more than 7,000 lives could be be saved if schools are closed and people are ordered to stay at home for a fortnight from October 24.
So far Mr Johnson has resisted such calls.
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