A third wave of coronavirus during the summer is “likely” but will not necessarily see restrictions reimposed in response, Wales’s First Minister has said.
Mark Drakeford said he is “hopeful” that a spike in Covid-19 cases caused by the return of freedoms will be mitigated by the country’s vaccination programme and better understanding of the virus.
On Friday, he confirmed that indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, and the reopening of community centres are being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.
Mr Drakeford also said indoor hospitality and all tourism accommodation can reopen from May 17, subject to confirmation by the party that leads the Welsh Government following the Senedd election.
Asked whether he is easing restrictions early in the hope that the spike will occur during the warmer months, Mr Drakeford told the PA news agency: “The modelling does show a third spike is likely to happen in the summer.
“But there’s a tension there. If it happens in the summer, in some ways that makes it more manageable.”