The First Minister has announced new restrictions which people in Wales must follow in the bid to help tackle the spike in coronavirus cases.

Six local authorities in Wales are already in local lockdown, with Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil following Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly in a lockdown at 6pm today.

Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are now classed as "areas of concern". You can see the coronavirus infection rates for every part of Wales here.

The virus is circulating in all parts of Wales and fears of a second wave across the border in England led Boris Johnson to bring in a range of new restrictions — they were announced in the House of Commons earlier today and you can read them here.

Speaking this evening, Mark Drakeford said: "In the weeks and months ahead of us, there is a very real possibility that we could see coronavirus regain a foothold in our local communities, towns and cities.

"None of us wants to see that happen again. 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year. We have all sacrificed so much. Families have lost loves ones. People have lost jobs and livelihoods. This is a highly-infectious virus – we cannot let it take a hold of our lives again. We have come too far to let this happen again."

He said that following a meeting this morning "the First Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister and I agreed to take some further co-ordinated action across the UK to control the spread of coronavirus".

He added: "Because we have taken a different approach in Wales, some of the actions being introduced elsewhere are already in place here."

The new measures announced in Wales

Rules and guidance already in place in Wales

In some parts of South Wales, which have seen the sharpest rises in cases, there are already even stricter local restrictions in place to protect people’s health — you can read those restrictions here.

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"We now need to make that difference again across Wales," said Mr Drakeford.

"Your efforts helped us get through the first wave in the spring – you followed the rules and helped reduce cases of coronavirus, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

"We need everyone to follow the rules and guidance and to take the steps to protect them and their loved ones. Together, we can keep Wales safe."