Naga Munchetty scolded by Mark Drakeford We follow science – no need to distract people!

Drakeford shades PM: 'we’re don’t need to grab headlines to distract'

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Naga Munchetty was joined by the First Minister of Wales on BBC Breakfast on Friday as Mark Drakeford discussed his government’s decision to gradually ease Covid restrictions. However, Drakeford hit back at the UK Government when Munchetty questioned why Wales were lifting restrictions at a slower pace than England. 

Drakeford explained: “The data is telling us the number of people suffering from coronavirus has been fallen steadily in Wales over the last week.

“We’re beginning to see an impact on our hospitals recede as well and in line with the plan we set out last week we’re confident that from a public health perspective it’s safe to lift those restrictions in outdoor settings and hopefully, provided the numbers continue to improve, we’ll be able to do the same in indoor settings on Friday of next week.”

Munchetty asked: “I’m sure many people in Wales we’ll be looking to the restrictions that have been eased in England and thinking, ‘Why are we not there? 

“‘Why are we not at that stage if we’re hearing a similar message from the UK Government, hospital admissions are going down, the pressure is easing on the NHS?’”

“We’ve always taken a different approach in Wales,” Drakeford replied. 

“One that does things step-by-step in line with the science, we’re a government that doesn’t need to grab headlines to distract attention from the difficulties we would be in if we were in the same position as the government in England.”

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