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Face masks: How is Wales' advice different to England?

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Online searches for the term "face mask" shot up on Monday following a change of recommendation from the UK government that people should wear face coverings in indoor situations where it is hard to socially distance, such as shops or buses. But, crucially, this advice only applies in England, leading to confusion among some residents in Wales as to what they should do. First Minister Mark Drakeford has been quite clear on this point: his government is not recommending or mandating that people in Wales have to wear masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic. He told the public during the daily coronavirus briefing on Monday that Wales' chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton advised there was only a "marginal public health case" for the measure. "It doesn't protect you, the wearer, from anybody else, but it may protect other people from the risk of you infecting them," Mr Drakeford said.

Coronavirus lockdown: Why garden centres reopened first

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Garden centres have become the first businesses allowed to reopen to the public - first in Wales and from today in England - since the government shut down non-essential shops. But why were they singled out and how will they cope with business in the pandemic? For gardeners at home, it's been a frustration not to be able to plant during one of the most beautiful springtimes the UK has seen in years. "As an industry we have missed probably the best spring that any of us can remember," says Boyd Douglas-Davies, president of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and director of British Garden Centres, a 57-branch chain. What that means behind the scenes for many of the UK's growers has been devastating.

Scots NHS services hit by ransomware cyber-attack

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NHS services in Scotland have been hit by a cyber-attack which has also disrupted health services in England. NHS Lanarkshire closed down its non-essential IT network and urged patients only to attend A&E in an emergency. The other health boards known to be affected are NHS Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway, Forth Valley, Tayside and Western Isles. The first minister will chair a meeting of the Scottish government's resilience committee to review the situation. Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "We are aware of a number of health boards affected by potential cyber incidents and the first minister will chair a resilience meeting shortly.

Coronavirus: PM to reveal further details on lockdown roadmap

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Boris Johnson will reveal more detail on his plans to reopen society in England, after unveiling the "first sketch" of his "road map" out of the coronavirus lockdown. The prime minister will answer questions from MPs and the public on Monday while No 10 will publish its 50-page official guidance in Parliament. It comes as Scotland and Wales rejected No 10's new "stay alert" slogan. In Sunday's televised address to the nation, Mr Johnson announced a "conditional plan" to reopen society, allowing people in England to spend more time outdoors from Wednesday. The PM also said people who could not work from home - including those in the manufacturing and construction industries - should return to the workplace from Monday but avoid public transport.

Coronavirus: What powers do the police have?

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Boris Johnson has changed the lockdown rules in England, allowing people to spend more time outdoors. The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland set their own separate rules for managing the threat of coronavirus - but in each part of the UK, the police must enforce them. Police have wide-ranging powers to help fight coronavirus, by enforcing the lockdown. These powers came into force without a vote in each part of the UK following orders made by ministers. They could create these regulations without debate because their respective parliament or assembly had earlier given them the power to do so.