Plans to ease Covid restrictions in Wales will be announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford on Friday afternoon.

The news comes after comments by Health Minister Eluned Morgan suggesting that Wales is "turning a corner" on coronavirus infections.

The announcement will be made at 12:15pm on Friday 14th January.

The National understands that any move back to Alert Level Zero will be phased, with restrictions on outdoor activities to be removed first.

"I know that in London about 10% of the population are ill with Covid and in Wales it's about 6%," Ms Morgan said on Thursday during a meeting of the Senedd Health and Social Care Committee.

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"So that's a significant difference and, obviously, we're hoping that we're coming to the peak now.

"We are clearly keeping a very close eye on the data at the moment but there are some very positive signs, I'm pleased to say, in terms of us possibly turning the corner, which would be a huge, huge relief."

Just under 3,200 new Covid cases in Wales were reported in the latest official data, with a further eleven people dying with the virus.

Hospitalisations rose on 12th January, but the number of Covid patients in Intensive Care has dropped.

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