Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales (2021)

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The following is a timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales during 2021. There are significant differences in the legislation and the reporting between the countries of the UK: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Timeline[edit]

January 2021[edit]

  • 1 January –
    • South Wales Police release figures indicating there were 240 calls over New Year breaches of COVID regulations.[1]
    • Figures indicate Wales is slightly behind the rest of the UK in rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, prompting politicians to express concern about the programme. In response, Health Minister Vaughan Gething says the programme is at the "very beginning" but rates of vaccinations are increasing.[2]
  • 2 January –
    • The number of COVID-19 tests carried out in Wales since the start of the pandemic passes two million, with 2,007,728 tests having been carried out. Of those, 151,300 have been positive, and there have been 3,564 COVID-related deaths.[3]
    • BBC News reports that visits to beauty spots in Wales have been high in preceding days in spite of travel bans and people being urged to stay at home.[4]
  • 3 January –
    • Jo Stevens, the Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and MP for Cardiff Central, is reported to be in hospital where she is receiving treatment for COVID-19.[5]
    • Responding to calls from teaching unions to suspend face-to-face teaching, First Minister Mark Drakeford defends the Welsh Government's decision to allow a flexible approach to reopening schools after the Christmas break, describing it as a "safe return".[6]
    • On the topic of restrictions, Drakeford says he does not "see much headroom for change" and that Wales is likely to remain in lockdown for the rest of January.[7]
  • 4 January –
    • Education Minister Kirsty Williams announces that all schools and colleges will remain closed and move to online learning until 18 January.[8]
    • A Level student Cai Parry launches a campaign to close schools and have external examinations for 2021 replaced by teacher-based assessment, going on to describe the thought of taking an exam in the current climate as "panic-inducing".[9][10]
  • 5 January – Education Minister Kirsty Williams says that closing schools will have "grave consequences" for education.[11]
  • 6 January –
    • Betsi Cadwaladr health board apologises after one of its COVID vaccination centres experienced "significant" delays, attributing the problem to the training of "new vaccinators".[12]
    • Dr Andrew Goodall, chief executive of NHS Wales, expresses concern that hospital levels could reach double those in April if admissions continue at the current rate.[13]
  • 7 January –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford announces that schools and colleges in Wales will remain closed to most students until after the February half term unless there is a "significant" fall in the number of COVID cases.[14]
    • A total of 49,403 people have received their first dose of COVID vaccine since 8 December, figures have revealed, with 14,000 doing so in the past week.[15]
    • A nurse working for the Hywel Dda University Health Board has said she is "angry and upset" after testing positive for COVID three weeks after receiving the vaccination.[16]
    • Car parks in Snowdonia are to be closed because of people visiting the site, in breach of COVID regulations.[17]
  • 8 January – The Welsh Government is in talks with major retailers about a tightening of COVID rules in supermarkets amid concerns about what First Minister Mark Drakeford describes as a lack of "visible protections" in supermarkets.[18]
  • 9 January –
    • Police say people are "blatantly" ignoring COVID restrictions after more than 100 cars were turned around at Moel Famau on the Flintshire border.[19]
    • Unions have criticised some councils for refusing childcare to some key workers. The Welsh Government holds a list of jobs that are considered essential, but some councils have compiled their own list, which excludes jobs such as supermarket workers and teachers.[20]
  • 10 January –
    • During the first month of vaccine deployment, Wales has received 275,000 doses of COVID vaccines, 70,000 of which have been administered.[21]
    • The Prison Officers' Association has called for courts to be closed in order to halt the spread of COVID in Welsh prisons after figures revealed a sharp increase in cases in jails.[22]
    • The National Union of Students Wales has called for students to receive a partial refund of accommodation rent because they are not spending so much time at university.[23]
  • 11 January –
    • Research by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre has found that half of COVID patients admitted to hospital in Wales over the winter have died.[24]
    • The Welsh Government announces that everyone aged 50 and over, as well as those who are considered to be at greater risk, will be offered a COVID vaccine by the spring.[25]
  • 12 January –
    • Office for National Statistics figures show there were 5,100 COVID deaths from the start of the pandemic up to and including 1 January, with 310 in the week up to that date.[26]
    • Sophie Howe, Wales's Future Generations Commissioner, calls for a national approach to online learning, which she has described as "patchy and inconsistent".[27]
    • Disability campaigners have called for adults with learning disabilities who live in supported accommodation to have high priority for COVID vaccination.[28]
  • 13 January – Hundreds of students are reportedly preparing to take part in a rent strike over accommodation they have hardly used during the 2020–21 academic year.[29]
  • 14 January –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford announces plans to introduce stronger measures to "protect" supermarket workers during the pandemic, these to be announced the next day.[30]
    • Community Pharmacy Wales, a group representing pharmacies in Wales, says there is an "urgent need" to use pharmacies to help deploy the vaccine in Wales.[31]
  • 15 January –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford announces that new laws will be introduced to protect supermarket shoppers and staff, which will include the erection of signs reminding people to socially distance. The announcement comes after "significant evidence" the virus is spreading in supermarkets.[30]
    • Figures published by Public Health Wales indicate that COVID cases in the worst affected areas, including Wrexham and the South Wales Valleys, have started to fall.[32]
    • The Law Society calls for a two-week firebreak of non-custodial cases in magistrates and crown courts following a rise in COVID cases in the court system.[33]
  • 17 January – Following criticism of the pace at which vaccinations are being given in Wales, Dr Gill Richardson, chair of Wales' vaccination board, says the NHS in Wales is being given as many vaccines as it can cope with.[34]
  • 18 January –
    • Both Health Minister Vaughan Gething and First Minister Mark Drakeford have denied that COVID vaccines are being held back after Gething told a BBC journalist the supply has to last until February to prevent "vaccinators standing around with nothing to do".[35]
    • A sharp rise in the number of COVID cases among children in Anglesey is being blamed on the new strain of COVID.[36]
  • 19 January –
    • Senedd officials are investigating an incident in which a group of politicians drank alcohol on Senedd premises in early December 2020, days after pubs were stopped from serving it.[37]
    • Health Minister Vaughan Gething tells BBC Radio 5 Live there is an "increasing urgency and an increasing pace of delivery" of vaccinations in Wales.[38]
  • 20 January –
    • Education Minister Kirsty Williams announces that GCSE, AS and A Level grades in summer 2021 will be based on teacher assessment after a scheme designed to replace end-of-year exams was scrapped in November 2020.[39]
    • Three Senedd politicians who were seen drinking in the parliament building have apologised for their actions.[40]
  • 21 January –
    • Health Minister Vaughan Gething is accused of providing misleading information after claiming that nearly all of the people in Wales over the age of 80 had been vaccinated, when the number is less than that.[41]
    • Education Minister Kirsty Williams says that schools may be given two weeks notice before face-to-face learning restarts.[42]
    • The Welsh Labour Party suspends Senedd member Alun Davies from the party after he was pictured drinking alcohol in the Senedd building after Wales introduced a ban on drinking alcohol.[43]
  • 22 January –
    • The Welsh Government says the flooding caused by Storm Christoph has had "no adverse effects" on the rollout of COVID vaccinations.[44]
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford says it is "unlikely" there will be a "wholesale" return to school after the February half-term.[45]
  • 23 January –
    • Paul Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, and fellow Senedd member Darren Millar, both announce they are stepping down after they were pictured drinking alcohol in the Senedd building.[46]
    • Four vaccination centres in Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil are closed temporarily due to the forecast of snowy weather for Wales for the following day.[47]
    • Betsi Cadwaladr health board's chairman Mark Polin criticises staff at a council who shared email links in order to queue jump the COVID vaccination process.[48]
    • The Welsh Government announces it has set aside £180m to help tourism in Wales to recover from the financial impact of the pandemic.[49]
    • The Welsh branch of the British Medical Association has joined calls for the time between first and second vaccines to be halved from twelve to six weeks, saying a delay of too long is "entirely unacceptable and potentially dangerous".[50]
  • 24 January –
    • The Public and Commercial Services Union urges ministers to act after figures reveal that 500 people at the DVLA in Swansea have contracted COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.[51]
    • A Royal College of Nursing survey has found that 80% of nurses feel more stressed because of the COVID situation.[52]
    • Figures released by Barnardo's Cymru indicate that family breakdowns during the COVID crisis have led to an increase of a third in the number of children needing urgent foster care between April and December.[53]
    • Andrew RT Davies is chosen to succeed Paul Davies as leader of the Welsh Conservatives.[54]
  • 25 January – Health Minister Vaughan Gething says that it is unclear whether the target of vaccinating 70% of over-80s and care home residents has been met.[55]
  • 26 January –
    • Sally Holland, the Children's Commissioner for Wales, urges the Welsh Government to outline its strategy for returning face-to-face education.[56]
    • Vaccination figures indicate 52% of people aged 80 and over had received their first COVID vaccine by the preceding weekend, falling short of the Welsh Government's target of 70%; the Welsh Government blames the recent poor weather conditions for missing its target.[57]
    • Figures for the week ending 15 January indicate Wales had its highest number of COVID-related deaths that week, with 467 deaths.[58]
  • 27 January –
    • Dr Rob Orford, Wales's Chief Scientific Adviser, confirms that 10 cases of the South African COVID variant have been identified in Wales.[59]
    • Jim Jones, the chief executive of North Wales Tourism, says it is "crucial" tourism is allowed to reopen by Easter following a "catastrophic" year for the sector.[60]
  • 28 January – The Welsh Government launches a new strategy for tackling COVID-19 that includes a greater community-led approach to tackling local COVID spikes, as well as a trial involving people without symptoms to see whether they can safely go to work or school.[61]
  • 29 January –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford extends the Alert level four lockdown for a further three weeks, but announces that from the following day two people from different households may meet up outside for exercise. Drakeford also suggests primary age schoolchildren may be able to return to the classroom following the February half-term.[62]
    • COVID vaccination appointments in Powys are brought forward amid weather warnings for heavy snow over the forthcoming weekend.[63]
  • 30 January –
    • Two COVID vaccination centres and a test centre are forced to stay closed because of snowfall.[64]
    • The Welsh Government extends the current shielding period for the 130,000 people shielding in Wales from 7 February to 31 March.[65]
  • 31 January – Gwent Police announce the breakup of two parties the previous day resulting in over 20 people receiving fines for breach of COVID rules.[66]

February 2021[edit]

  • 1 February – The Welsh Government confirms that anyone in Wales asked to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app can apply for £500.[67]
  • 2 February – Nine cases of South African variant COVID-19 have been identified in Wales, with a further four under investigation, officials say.[68]
  • 3 February –
    • Public Health Wales has identified three cases of the South African COVID variant that have no links to travel in the area.[69]
    • Crime figures from October 2019 to October 2020 have indicated a general fall in overall crime during the first few months of the pandemic, but an increase in crimes such as cyberstalking and harassment.[70]
  • 4 February – Health officials have found a travel link to one of three South African COVID variant cases, but the source of the other two remains unclear.[71]
  • 5 February –
    • Education Minister Kirsty Williams confirms that schoolchildren aged between three and seven will return to school from 22 February, along with some older pupils on vocational courses.[72]
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford suggests that parts of the tourism and hospitality industry, including caravan parks, could reopen by April subject to a fall in the number of COVID cases.[73]
    • Wrexham centenarian Hilda Richards, 103, who lived through the Spanish flu pandemic, is given her first COVID vaccination.[74]
    • Figures have shown that in increase in online shopping has led to a boom in recycling in Wales during the latest lockdown.[75]
  • 6 February –
    • The latest figures show that more than 550,000 people in the top priority groups have been given their first COVID vaccinations in Wales, or 17.7% of the population.[76]
    • Police have been increasing their presence in Penarth after local residents complained about the number of people visiting the coastal town, and consequently breaking lockdown restrictions.[77]
    • Tourism bosses have asked for clarity from the Welsh Government over when and how Wales will come out of lockdown.[78]
  • 7 February –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford reveals that his wife and mother-in-law have been vaccinated for COVID-19, but that he is yet to receive his vaccine.[79]
    • James Price, chief executive of Transport for Wales announces the completion of the South Wales Metro, scheduled for completion in 2023, will be delayed by some months because of the COVID crisis.[80]
  • 8 February –
    • A further 12 deaths take the total number of COVID deaths in Wales past 5,000 to 5,001.[81]
    • The number of people receiving their first COVID vaccine passes 600,000, meaning 19.2% of the Welsh population has now been vaccinated.[82]
    • People over the age of 70 or classed as extremely clinical vulnerable and who have not received a COVID vaccination are urged to contact the NHS for an appointment.[83]
    • Health Minister Vaughan Gething suggests that people may need "booster" COVID injections in the future once more is known about mutations of the virus.[84]
  • 9 February –
    • The latest weekly figures from the Office for National Statistics show a fall in the number of COVID deaths, with 361 deaths in the most recent week, a drop of 86 from the preceding week.[85]
    • Premier Inn is investigating an alleged breach of COVID rules at one of its hotels after the Daily Post published a photograph of a group of ten people having a party in what is said to be the restaurant area of the hotel.[86]
  • 10 February –
    • Andrew Goodall, the Chief Executive of NHS Wales, says there are "encouraging signs" COVID cases in Wales are falling.[87]
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford confirms that Wales has become the first of the UK's four nations to vaccinate 20% of its population against COVID-19, and "one of the first countries in the world to do so".[88]
  • 11 February –
    • The Welsh Government says it is set to become the first of the Home Nations to offer everyone in the top four priority groups their first vaccination.[89]
    • A report produced by Sally Holland, the Children's Commissioner for Wales, highlights the devastating impact the pandemic is having on children and young people, with 30% of those aged 17 and 18 surveyed saying they felt worried most of the time.[90]
  • 12 February – First Minister Mark Drakeford confirms that "cautious" talks have begun about reopening tourism in Wales for Easter.[91]
  • 13 February – Kelechi Nnoaham, director for public health at Cwm Taf Morgannwg, has suggested that poverty and inequality are behind the high number of COVID deaths in the South Wales Valleys. In response the Welsh Government says that an "unprecedented series of interventions" were introduced to protect people's health.[92]
  • 14 February –
    • Bow Street railway station opens to the public, with plans for its opening kept under wraps in order to prevent inquisitive people from breaching lockdown rules.[93]
    • Business2Schools, a charity that distributes laptops and other refurbished pieces of technology to children, has said the drive to supply all schoolchildren with laptops for home study during the pandemic is falling short.[94]
  • 15 February –
    • As figures show one in four people in Wales has been vaccinated against COVID, Dr Dr Gill Richardson, who is in charge of the vaccination programme in Wales, says that it can now "fly", and that ongoing studies are being conducted into whether it will need to be a regular vaccine similar to the flu jab.[95]
    • As Wales prepares to announce its pathway out of lockdown in the coming days, Health Minister Vaughan Gething says that future lockdowns cannot be ruled out.[96]
  • 16 February –
    • The number of COVID-related deaths in Wales passes 7,000, and reaches 7,089, but figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of weekly deaths has fallen for the third week in succession.[97]
    • NSPCC Wales says the number of referrals to police over parents' alcohol and substance abuse has increased.[98]
    • Mind Cymru has warned against the use of antidepressants as a "sticking-plaster" after health figures have also shown an increase in the number of antidepressants being prescribed to people during the pandemic, but that referrals to therapists have decreased.[99]
  • 17 February – Public Health Wales confirms a further four cases of South African variant COVID-19 in Wales, bringing the total there so far to 17.[100]
  • 19 February – First Minister Mark Drakeford sets out some plans for reopening society in Wales. Lockdown measures will remain in place for a further three weeks, but are slightly changed to allow four people from two separate households to meet up outside for exercise from Saturday 20 February. Drakeford expresses hope that primary school children over the age of eight will return to school from 15 March, and some hairdressers and non-essential shops can also reopen in March.[101]
  • 21 February – Education Minister Kirsty Williams says she is confident more primary school pupils will return to school on 15 March is COVID cases continue to fall.[102]
  • 22 February –
    • As pupils aged three to seven return to school, Education Minister Kirsty Williams expresses her hope that all pupils in Wales should be back at school by the end of the Easter Holiday on 12 April.[103]
    • The Welsh Government unveils plans to help regenerate town centres as part of the post-COVID recovery, with an extra £270m to help businesses struggling because of the pandemic.[104]
    • The Federation of Small Businesses urges the Welsh Government to provide details on the conditions needed to lift lockdown restrictions, saying there has been a "radio silence" on the issue.[105]
    • Pet boarding businesses have urged the Welsh Government to provide help, saying they have "fallen through the loopholes" of most COVID support packages.[106]
  • 23 February – Following criticism of the Welsh Government's school reopening policy by the Welsh Conservatives, First Minister Mark Drakeford has responded by saying it is "not safe" to reopen schools in one go.[107]
  • 24 February –
    • Measures introduced during the pandemic that extended the notice landlords must give their tenants to leave a property from two to six months are to be made permanent with the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill.[108]
    • Colleges Wales suggests that students studying practical subjects such as plumbing and engineering will have "inevitably" struggled during the pandemic as it will not have been possible for them to carry out practical work for several months.[109]
  • 25 February – The majority of planned surgery is cancelled at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor following an outbreak of COVID at the hospital.[110]
  • 26 February – The Swansea Bay and Hywel Dda health boards are to offer COVID tests to anyone with flu symptoms and/or who is feeling unwell after coming into contact with a person testing positive for COVID, going beyond national recommendations.[111]
  • 27 February –
    • Families with a child under the age of one are permitted to form a bubble with one other household.[112]
    • The Welsh Government confirms over a million COVID vaccines have been administered in Wales, with 916,336 people receiving their first dose, and 89,053 their second, giving a collective total of 1,005,389.[113]
    • As Wales enjoys a weekend of mild, sunny weather, police are patrolling beauty spots to ensure people continue to adhere to the restrictions.[114] Local authorities close a number of beach car parks at the request of police as the weekend progresses.[115]
  • 28 February – On the date that marks a year since the first COVID case was confirmed in Wales, Health Minister Vaughan Gething says the country could "definitely have done things differently".[116]

March 2021[edit]

  • 1 March – A study published by the University of Cardiff reveals that emergency teams saw a "rapid and sustained" fall in violent injuries during the Spring 2020 lockdown.[117]
  • 3 March –
    • Senior pharmacist Andrew Evans suggests as many as 30,000 COVID vaccines could be delivered each day by the following week after a large rise in supplies of vaccines to Wales.[118]
    • A report compiled by the Senedd's cross-party economy committee recommends that young people should be given access to training or work to avoid them becoming "scarred" by the economic impact of COVID-19.[119]
  • 4 March –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford confirms he is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.[120]
    • Drakeford suggests that with COVID cases in Wales "significantly lower" than in England there could be "opportunities" for some parts of the Welsh economy to reopen earlier than in England.[121]
    • Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, ex-chairman of Public Health Wales, says that not enough preparation was done in the UK to prepare for a pandemic such as the COVID-19 outbreak, which was "completely underestimated".[122]
    • GCSE and A Level students in Wales are to be given provisional results by their teachers in June, ahead of official results in August, it is announced.[123]
  • 5 March – Welsh Government ministers have said they will not cap pay increases for NHS staff after the UK government faced a backlash for giving NHS staff in England a 1% pay rise.[124]
  • 7 March – Figures from Traffic Wales and the Welsh Government indicate that traffic on Welsh roads has been 60% higher than in the first lockdown in March 2020, while many areas have seen a doubling in the amount of traffic in recent weeks.[125]
  • 8 March – COVID case rates and positivity rates have now dropped below the level they were at the point when lockdown measures were triggered.[126]
  • 9 March – Public Health Wales confirms the number of people vaccinated in Wales has passed one million, with 1,007,391 people (31% of the population) having received a first vaccine by the previous evening.[127]
  • 10 March –
    • The Early Years Action Group of children's charities have warned children under two have missed out on important social interaction and development because of the COVID pandemic, and may subsequently experience problems later in life.[128]
    • A hearing of the Senedd Health Committee hears that some patients with Long COVID "were told to go away and get on with things" by their GPs.[129]
  • 11 March –
    • Staff at the DVLA in Swansea vote to take industrial action over concerns about COVID safety after more than 500 cases at the Agency.[130]
    • A report produced by the Welsh Government's Technical Advisory Cell warns Wales could face an "exponential growth" of COVID cases if lockdown measures are eased too quickly, and recommends keeping restrictions at level alert three until June.[131]
  • 12 March –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford announces an easing of lockdown restrictions, with four people from two saparate households allowed to meet up outdoors from the following day and a replacement of the stay at home order with a stay local order, along with the reopening of hairdressers from Monday 15 March. Primary school children and those in secondary qualification years will also return to face-to-face lessons from 15 March. Further easing of measures will see garden centres reopen from 22 March, self-contained holiday accommodation reopening from 27 March and non-essential retail reopening from 12 April.[132] However, although self-contained tourism is allowed to reopen, Drakeford warns that future reopenings will be halted if tourist operators are found to be booking reservations from people living outside Wales.[133]
    • A vigil planned for the following day to honour London woman Sarah Everard, whose remains were found in woodland in Ashford, Kent, is moved online because of concerns about its legality as a public gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a vigil planned for Carmarthen will still go ahead.[134]
  • 14 March – Health Minister Vaughan Gething receives his first COVID vaccination, and urges members of the BAME community to get vaccinated.[135]
  • 15 March –
    • A demonstration is held outside a Cardiff police station following the death of Sarah Everard which is attended by several hundred; protestors also gather to demonstrate on other issues, including Black Lives Matter.[136]
    • Hospital admissions are at their lowest point of the pandemic, with an average of 37 per day in the week ending 14 March; the figure is lower than August 2020.[137]
    • Betsi Cadwaladr health board confirms that of 39 patients being treated for COVID-19 at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, 17 have caught it while in hospital.[138]
  • 17 March –
    • The Welsh Government announces that the 222,000 healthcare workers within NHS Wales will receive a one-off payment amounting to £735 which, after tax and national insurance deductions will see them receive £500 in their bank accounts.[139]
    • The British Medical Association has warned that many healthcare staff are not getting the lateral flow COVID tests they were promised a year ago.[140]
  • 18 March –
    • Wales will receive 250,000 fewer vaccines over the next month due to a reduced supply of UK vaccines.[141]
    • Data shows that flu infections have experienced a "remarkable" suppression, with 18 cases recorded in Wales over the winter.[142]
  • 19 March –
    • Rugby fans are warned to stay at home to watch Wales's 2021 Six Nations Championship match against France, scheduled for the next day, and in which Wales will bid to secure a Grand Slam.[143]
    • Residents of Holyhead and Holy Islane are warned against all but essential travel as the area experiences a COVID flare up. Case rates in the area are at 503.8 per 100,000, compared to 127.1 for the whole of Anglesey and 44 for Wales as a whole.[144]
  • 21 March – First Minister Mark Drakeford has described England's roadmap to exiting lockdown restrictions as being "at the very optimistic end of the spectrum" and says he does not believe Wales will return to normal in 2021.[145]
  • 22 March – Garden centres are permitted to reopen, while supermarkets can once again sell non-essential items.[146]
  • 23 March –
    • Pam Kelly, Chief Constable of Gwent Police, calls for frontline police officers to be prioritised for the COVID vaccine. The Welsh Government in response says there is insufficient evidence to support vaccination by occupation.[147]
    • Qualifications Wales says there will be differences to secondary school assessments in 2022, but hopes that public examinations will go ahead.[148]
  • 24 March –
    • Extra COVID tests are being deployed in Holyhead amid a "concerning" rise in positive cases.[149]
    • Statistics published by HM Treasury suggest the pandemic has widened financial inequality in Wales.[150]
  • 27 March –
    • Wales becomes the first UK nation to lift travel restrictions within its borders as the "stay local" rule is ended. Self-contained tourist accommodation, such as cottages and some hotels, is also permitted to reopen.[151][152]
    • Data from the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership shows an average of 14 million items of PPE have been delivered to health care providers each week since May 2020.[153]
  • 28 March – Andrew Evans, Wales's chief pharmacist, says that second vaccinations will be prioritised during April as a result of a slowdown in supplies of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine.[154]
  • 29 March –
    • As figures from Cardiff City Council indicate homelessness in Cardiff has been reduced by 90% on its pre-pandemic levels, homeless charity Crisis calls for efforts to keep people off the streets.[155]
    • The Welsh Government gives golfers at Llanymynech Golf Club, whose course is in both England and Wales, permission to cross the border while playing a round of golf. The club had previously advised people from England could be fined if they crossed the border into Wales while playing a round of golf.[156]
  • 30 March –
    • Headteachers and teaching unions have expressed their concern that too much pressure may be placed on pupils because of teacher-based assessments as schools attempt to justify grades.[157]
    • The Welsh Government has launched an inquiry after figures revealed a large number of people have not turned up for vaccine appointments, and urges people to attend the appointments when they are called.[158] The volume of no-shows is subsequently attributed to invitation letters arriving too late and the difficulty associated with trying to cancel or rearrange appointments.[159]
    • No further COVID deaths are recorded for the most recent 24 hour period.[160]
    • Office for National Statistics figures show the number of COVID-related deaths in Wales has fallen for a ninth successive week, with 49 deaths in the week ending 26 March.[161]
  • 31 March –
    • NHS Wales research suggests that many of the technical innovations that were deployed during the pandemic, such as videoconferencing and patient apps, may help to shape the future direction of the health service.[162]
    • South Wales Police warn the public against illegal gatherings after a large crowd was dispersed in the Cardiff Bay area the previous day. South Wales Police report that three officers were injured when people began throwing missiles, while two arrests were made.[163]

April 2021[edit]

  • 1 April –
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford says that Wales is set to become the first UK nation to offer all nine top priority groups a first COVID vaccine, and is on track to do so by Easter Sunday (4 April).[164]
    • Ceredigion achieves the lowest number of COVID cases of any mainland UK county, with three positive cases in the preceding week.[165]
    • A spike in COVID cases in the Clase area of Swansea has been linked to people attending parties and visiting each other at home.[166]
  • 2 April –
    • Large crowds gather in Cardiff Bay for the second time in under a week in spite of remaining COVID restrictions.[167]
    • Good weather results in an influx of visitors to Wales's beauty spots.[168]
  • 3 April – Police officers are given powers to prohibit people from the Cardiff Bay area following recent large gatherings there.[169]
  • 4 April – The NASUWT calls for the Welsh Government to delay planned changes to the school curriculum scheduled for 2022 to allow teachers to help pupils catch up with work missed because of the pandemic.[170]
  • 5 April – The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 1,490,372 people have received their first COVID vaccine, and 467,683 their second,[171] while First Minister Mark Drakeford confirms that Wales has hit its target of offering a vaccine to all nine of the top priority groups.[172] This claim is subsequently disputed the following day by people in the priority groups who say they are yet to be contacted.[173]
  • 6 April – Staff at the DVLA in Swansea begin a four day strike over concerns about COVID safety at the Agency.[174]
  • 7 April –
    • Elle Taylor, 24, from Ammanford becomes the first person in the UK to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen, as rollout of the third COVID vaccine to be approved for use in the UK begins.[175]
    • Aberystwyth University becomes the latest university in Wales to take the decision not to hold graduation ceremonies in summer 2021 because of COVID.[176]
  • 8 April –
    • The Welsh Government moves the easing of some lockdown measures forward by a week due to a drop in COVID cases. Consequently, outdoor weddings involving up to 30 people will be allowed from 26 April rather than 3 May, while the reopening of gyms and leisure centres is moved forward from 10 May to 3 May. Two households will also be able to form an extended bubble from 3 May, this also having been moved forward a week.[177]
    • Dr Richard Roberts, head of Wales's vaccination rollout, confirms one person in Wales has developed a rare blood clot following administration of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine.[178]
  • 10 April –
    • Data from Public Health Wales indicates that Bridgend, which at the peak of the pandemic had a case rate of 1,118.7 per 100,000 (the highest in the UK) now has one of the lowest case rates for the preceding week, with 4.1 cases per 100,000.[179]
    • A group of 300 protestors gather in Cardiff to call for gyms in Wales to be reopened on 12 April; they are scheduled to open on 3 May.[180]
  • 12 April –
    • Non-essential retail and close contact services are allowed to resume, while people from Wales are allowed to travel to other parts of the UK.[181]
    • Figures from Public Health Wales show hospital admissions from COVID-19 have hit an all time low, with a daily average of 18 over the seven days up to 11 April.[182]
  • 14 April –
    • The Welsh Government announces that anyone in Wales who cannot work from home will be entitled to free lateral flow tests from Friday 16 April.[183]
    • Staff from a surgery in Tenby travel to Caldey Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast to vaccinate monks at a Cistercian monastery.[184]
    • Bollards and rubber kerbs installed in the North Wales town of Llangollen to help people with social distancing are to be removed after being described as a "death trap" because multiple people have tripped or fallen over them.[185]
  • 15 April – With Wales yet to set a reopening date for indoor activities for children, those running businesses for parenting groups say they have been forgotten and urge the Welsh Government to give them clarity on when they can resume.[186]

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