‘We’re seeing numbers up in France, let alone what we’re seeing in other parts of the world and we’re absolutely not immune to that here in Wales’
First Minister Mark Drakeford has said the risk of a second wave of coronavirus is “absolutely real.”
He made the comments during an interview with Jagger and Woody on Heart South Wales on Thursday.
During the interview, he also said the indoor hospitality industry would re-open from Monday next week.
Speaking on the show, the First Minister said: “Well I think it’s important to say that the risk of a second wave is absolutely real.
“We’re seeing numbers up in France, let alone what we’re seeing in other parts of the world and we’re absolutely not immune to that here in Wales.
He added: “The big thing that we would hope to do differently would be to be able to deal with spikes in coronavirus on a local basis rather than having to have a national return to restrictions.
“And we’re working hard to ensure that we have everything in place so that if local spikes were to happen, we would have everything we need in place to be able to respond to them rapidly.
“That way we hope we’d be able to avoid having to do things in the way we had to do it back in March.
“But the danger is real and we can all do things now that will help mitigate that risk for the future.”
Heart South Wales Drive with Jagger and Woody is live weekdays between 4pm and 7pm.
The First Minister also discussed the reality of a local lockdown in places like Wrexham, after more localised outbreaks have been reported within recent weeks.
Discussing the probabilities of this, he added: “We’ve had an outbreak in a food processing factory in Wrexham, Rowan Foods.
“It has been confined essentially to the factory and to people who work in the factory.
He said that if there was evidence of wider community spread, beyond those locations, then they would see if they needed to take further action.
“But for the moment, for now the problems are confined to two specific places and our actions are focused on getting on top of it in those places.
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