Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has indicated that Wales could reopen areas of the economy earlier than England by saying that Wales shouldn’t wait for “somebody else to be in the position we have already arrived at”.

Mr Drakeford was speaking at the Welsh Affairs Select Committee at Westminster and despite saying that the vast majority of restrictions would be lifted in Wales at a similar time to England, he did explain that there was an increasing option to open parts of the economy imminently.

A review of the restrictions in Wales is expected to take place next Friday, with the possibility that some shops and others sectors such as hairdressers could be allowed to reopen from as early as 15th March, if levels of COVID-19 remain as low as they currently do across the whole of Wales.

Currently in Wales, 3-7 year-olds are back at schools and groups of up to four people can meet outside for exercise only. There is a hope that if cases remain at the current low levels, that all students should be able to return to school and college from the middle of March.