How is Wales’ vaccine rollout going?
As of Feb 20, Public Health Wales said a total of 839,065 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had now been given. The agency said 25,433 second doses have also been given.
In total, 90.1 per cent of over-80s in Wales have received their first dose, along with 91.9 per cent of those aged 75-79 and 91.1 per cent of those aged 70-74.
For care homes, 82.9 per cent of residents and 85.1 per cent of staff have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Wales became the first country in the UK to achieve its target of offering coronavirus vaccines to everyone in its first four priority groups on Feb 12, with Mr Drakeford calling the milestone a “truly phenomenal effort”.
When will schools reopen?
Schools have been closed since before Christmas, but some pupils will return to full-time face-to-face learning from Feb 22.
The First Minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Feb 19, that all primary school children in Wales will return to face-to-face teaching from mid-March provided the coronavirus situation in the country “continues to improve”.
But a new variant of Covid-19 would be enough to close schools in Wales, the First Minister has said.
Foundation phase schoolchildren aged three to seven will return to classrooms in Wales from Feb 22, along with some older learners on vocational courses.
But Mr Drakeford told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme that the decision could be reversed if “If there were to be unintended consequences of having three to seven-year-olds back into school.”
What about exams?
Wales’ GCSE, AS and A-level exams due to take place in summer 2021 have been cancelled, Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced on Nov 10.
Mrs Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field because of the impact of coronavirus, so grades will be based on externally set classroom assessments under teacher supervision.
Can I book a summer holiday to Wales?
First Minister Mark Drakeford said people potentially booking a holiday in Wales should do it “knowing the uncertain world we are living in”.
He hinted that Wales’ tourism industry could be open for business by Easter, but said told a Cardiff press conference that there were “no guarantees.”
“When we reopened tourism last year, we didn’t go from nothing to everything in one go. Our first steps were to reopen self-contained accommodation, where people had all their own facilities and that self-contained accommodation was occupied by people in your own family group.”, he said.
“I hear everything that the tourism industry says to us in Wales and want to recognise how important the Easter period is to them.”