The Welsh Government has issued a strong warning as the new strain of the coronavirus continues to move quickly across Wales.
In a statement, it state the strain has taken a “firm foothold in North Wales”, where Covid-19 cases are rising sharply.
The new form of the virus has now become the leading cause of infections in South Wales, as well as causing problems across the UK.
Wales moved to lockdown, alert level 4 on December 20 in a bid to protect people’s health and halt further spread of the virus.
The Welsh Government is urging everyone to follow the rules and stay at home in order to protect frontline workers who put their lives at risk every day.
In a statement, it said: “This new strain of virus makes it even more important that we all follow the rules and stay at home. That also means working from home, if possible.
“Frontline workers are continuing to put our health and safety first, every day. But, as cases of coronavirus rise so does the pressure on our NHS.
“We are very concerned there is a risk the NHS could become overwhelmed because so many people are falling ill. We all need to stay at home again and protect our NHS.”
The Government added it hopes the vaccine rollout will offer a bright future for everyone.
Vaccination centres have been set up across North Wales as part of a nationwide rollout. You can find out the location of each centre here.
It added: “Thank you so much to everyone who is following the rules. We know this is a really difficult time and we know everyone is making sacrifices to keep their families and Wales safe.
“The new Covid-19 vaccines offer us all the hope of a bright future in the months ahead. We are working really hard to make the vaccine available to everyone who needs it.
“In the meantime, we need to carry on following the rules and protecting ourselves and our families.
“For all those who are breaking the rules, and putting themselves first action will be taken. Too many lives have already been lost to this awful virus and we will enforce the rules where necessary.
“Whatever your reasons, do your bit to keep Wales safe. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
If you see someone breaching coronavirus regulations, here is what you can do about it.
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