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Live Reporting

George Herd and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for following our live page coverage of the latest coronavirus update from the Welsh Government.

    During his briefing, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed new rules would be in force from Monday.

    No new deaths of people with coronavirus have been recorded in the last 24 hours - however there were a further 133 cases.

    Thirty of the new cases were in Caerphilly county borough, while there were 23 in Rhondda Cynon Taf and 10 more cases in Newport.

    We'll keep you updated on all the latest coronavirus developments on the BBC Wales News website and social media channels.

  2. Elvis Festival revellers urged to stay away from Porthcawl

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Bridgend council is urging visitors to avoid Porthcawl from September 25 to 27 when the town’s annual Elvis Festival was due to take place.

    The event was cancelled last month as coronavirus restrictions continue to be in force.

    It usually draws a crowd of 35,000 with 100 Elvis Presley impersonators performing at 30 venues across the resort.

    However, the council and South Wales Police fear people may still gather in Porthcawl in large crowds despite rising cases of covid-19 across south Wales.

    Council leader Huw David urged people to "think twice, stay safe, and stay home".

    “Despite the hard work and efforts of the last five months, we are starting to see an increase in positive cases of Covid-19 across south Wales, largely because not everyone is following the simple steps required to keep people safe,” he added.

    Elvis festival revellers
    Image caption: Return to sender: Elvis fans urged to stay away from Porthcawl as festival is cancelled
  3. Caerphilly still has most cases in Wales

    There were 30 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in Caerphilly county borough by Public Health Wales.

    It means the rate of cases for the last week stands at 96.6 per 100,000 of the population, second highest in the UK behind Bolton, in Greater Manchester.

    There were a further 23 cases recorded in Rhondda Cynon Taf, while the number of new infections in Merthyr Tydfil fell to four.

  4. BreakingAnother 133 Covid cases recorded

    Public Health Wales says there have been 133 new Covid cases recorded in Wales since yesterday.

    However, there have been no new deaths with coronavirus.

    The total number of people with Covid-19 in Wales now stands at 19,064.

    Coronavirus
  5. Sir Tom Jones helps the BBC pull off a pandemic festival

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

    Two weeks ago, in a walled garden in Hertfordshire, Sir Tom Jones played a greatest hits set to an audience of crickets, butterflies and Trevor Nelson.

    "I felt like I'd regressed 20 years and gone to my first concert," enthuses the DJ.

    "He was incredible. Just celebrated his 80th birthday and his voice was still great, so I felt really, really privileged."

    Under normal circumstances, Nelson wouldn't be treated to a private audience with a singing knight of the realm. But these are abnormal times - and there was a plan afoot.

    This Sunday should have been the 10th instalment of BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park - a "festival in a day" that sees the nation's biggest radio station throw a huge party for 50,000 fans in central London.

    Instead, the station will broadcast a virtual Live at Home festival on BBC Radio 2, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer, with TV highlights on BBC Two.

    Read more here.

    Sir Tom Jones
  6. Covid tracing app 'useful'

    Wales' first minister says the new NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app could be a "useful and useable device".

    The app is due to be launched across England and Wales later this month.

    Mark Drakeford said he was "more confident than I would have been about the previous version".

    He said the Welsh Government had been "more closely engaged" in the development of the new app.

    "The advice I have from people in the Welsh Government who have been using it as part of the trial is that it is succeeding and doing the job that it is set up to do," the first minister said.

    "Everything that I am told so far makes me more confident that this will be a useful and usable device in Wales and, provided it turns out to be that, it will certainly have our support."

    NHS tracing app
  7. Call for compulsory face masks in secondary schools

    The body representing trade unions in Wales says it wants to see compulsory face masks introduced in secondary schools.

    The Wales TUC said it welcomed the Welsh Government's decision to insist on face coverings in shops and indoor spaces from Monday.

    But its general secretary in Wales Shavanah Taj added: “The Welsh Government should now also extend the mandatory use of face masks to secondary schools – in line with practice across the rest of the UK.

    She added: “The local lockdown in Caerphilly and the sharp rise in case numbers in other local authority areas demonstrates the severity of the threat that Covid-19 continues to pose."

    Two children wearing schools masks
  8. Eating out: Who can and can't sit together?

    Clarifying the rules for restaurants in Wales from Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said a booking could only be taken for six people at a time inside.

    He said those six people would have to be from the same extended household.

    "It cannot be six strangers from six different households all meeting together in that way," he said.

    "It's got to be within the single extended household and only six people can meet at any one time."

    The limit of six people does not include children aged 11 and under, who are exempt from the new rule.

    Couples eating at a restaurant table
  9. Only 'significant' Covid briefings on BBC Wales TV

    BBC Cymru Wales will no long broadcast every Welsh Government coronavirus briefing on TV.

    From Monday the briefings will only be shown live on TV when significant announcements are made.

    A similar decision has been taken in Scotland, where almost 10,000 people have signed a petition opposing the plan.

    The BBC will continue to broadcast the Welsh Government briefings online, and says it will use editorial judgement to decide when to show them on TV too.

    In a statement a BBC Cymru Wales official said: "We’ll continue to provide extensive coverage of the government press conferences across our news services, including live streaming online.

    “We’ll also carry press conferences live on BBC One Wales, when major developments or updates are anticipated."

    The briefings currently take place at 12:30 BST every Tuesday, and every third Friday following the required three-weekly review of lockdown restrictions.

    Welsh-language channel S4C will continue to broadcast the Welsh government’s briefings on TV and on the Newyddion S4C Facebook page.

    BBC Cymru Wales Central Square HQ in Cardiff
  10. Curfews and restricting alcohol sales considered

    Wales's first minister says a whole raft of measures are up for discussion when local lockdowns are implemented.

    Mark Drakeford said it included possible curfews, cutting opening hours of pubs and restaurants, and even restricting the amount of alcohol a person can buy at one time.

    "Today we're putting, for example, the possibility that curfews may be necessary," he said.

    "As part of some local lockdowns we're looking at the possibility that we would be able to close premises earlier in the evening."

    Bar serving drinks
  11. Office furniture jobs cut as lockdown sales slump

    A total of 58 jobs are set to be cut at an office furniture firm in Rhondda Cynon Taf after sales fell during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Orangebox opened its headquarters and factory in Nantgarw in 2014.

    The firm, which employs about 250 people in south Wales, said it was offering voluntary redundancies in the hope of avoiding compulsory lay-offs.

    Managing Director Mino Vernaschi said they had to make difficult decisions to ensure the future of the business.

    Orangebox HQ
  12. Call to heed rules to prevent more lockdowns

    The prospects for local lockdowns in areas like Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil are being reviewed “on a daily basis”, First Minister Mark Drakeford said today.

    Caerphilly county borough saw extra restrictions introduced on Tuesday, including a ban on non-essential travel into or out of the council area.

    Some localised measures have already been introduced in the other two local authority areas, together with pleas to residents to follow the rules.

    “I want to add my voice in urging people in those local authority areas to follow the advice they have been given, because if they do, there is a chance we will be able to avoid taking more stringent national measures to deal with the outbreak,” Mr Drakeford said.

    Officials will meet on Monday to discuss the latest testing and case data from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

  13. What about Christmas?

    Wales' first minister says he's "reluctant" to give a date for when the new restrictions could be lifted.

    Mark Drakeford said the situation will be reviewed and measures will be eased if they are "no longer proportionate to the problem".

    But he stressed: "If it remains necessary it will remain in force and if that does take us to the rest of this year, and regrettably, that is what we will have to do."

    Mr Drakeford added families should still be able to get together over Christmas under the measures announced today.

    "As far as Christmas in Wales is concerned, it's important to just identify another difference between our position and that across our border, which is that the figure of six does not include young children in Wales children under the age of 11 are not included", he said.

    "So family gatherings where children, parents and sometimes grandparents will work together to get together for Christmas will still be allowed in Wales."

    Family celebrating Christmas meal
  14. Why the 'rule of six'?

    Explaining why he was limiting the number of people meeting indoors to six, First Minister Mark Drakeford said it was "because of simplicity of messaging".

    "When you have a population, as we have in Wales, that is close to our border [with England] we'll be hearing all the time from news outlets across our border about the rule of six," he said.

    Answering journalists' questions, Mr Drakeford said "having the same number here in Wales just allows us to have a simple and common message".

    "And we know that messaging is itself an important part of responding to a public health emergency," he added.

    New rules graphic
  15. New powers for councils to tackle pandemic

    The first Minister says councils in Wales will be given new powers to take action themselves to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    Mark Drakeford said most people had complied with the rules but "a small minority have not done so".

    He said the new powers, which will come into force on Monday, will allow local authorities to close premises or stop events happening on public health grounds.

    "These powers will enable local authorities to move quickly to respond to outbreaks of the virus in their areas, for example where a number of cases are linked to a particular premise or as a preventative measure, where there is a high risk of outbreak."

  16. 'Not inevitable things will worsen further'

    Wales' first minister says the past few weeks "have been a set-back" in the battle to control coronavirus,but he said "it is not inevitable things will worsen further".

    Mark Drakeford added: "If we all work together, follow the rules and the new measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we can keep Wales safe."

    Mark Drakeford at Covid019 briefing on 11 September
  17. Rule of six is ‘hammer blow' for holiday cottages

    With foreign holidays a precarious business this year, self-catering rentals across the country saw a boom; at least if you couldn't get abroad you could "staycation" with family.

    But some would-be holidaymakers are now being forced to cancel their plans.

    From Monday, new rules will limit the number of people that can holiday together to a maximum of six, not counting children under 11.

    And it will deal "a hammer blow" to the sector, says Alistair Handyside, who represents holiday rental owners.

    Holiday home in Southwold
  18. Fines for not wearing masks or breaking 'rule of six'

    Penalties for not following the new laws in Wales on face coverings and the "rule of six" people meeting have been confirmed by the first minister.

    "People who knowingly and deliberately flout the law in Wales could face fines of up to £1,920 for repeat offences," Mark Drakeford said.

    Woman wearing face mask in Cardiff
  19. 'Rule of six' for indoor gatherings

    First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed new rules and restrictions will be introduced next week on indoor gatherings of friends and family.

    "From Monday, a new limit of six people will be introduced on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time," he said.

    "All six must belong to the same exclusive extended household group.

    "Extended household groups can still be made from up to four households joining together, but from Monday six people can meet at any one time.

    "Children under 11 will not be included in our rule of six."

    Mr Drakeford warned that indoor gatherings of more than six people "will therefore be against the law in Wales".

  20. Work from home if you can, first minister says

    Wales' first minister said it was important that people carry on working from home if they can.

    "It has never been our policy to encourage people to return their workplace if they can continue to work from home or work remotely," Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Government's coronavirus briefing.

    He said the message from England had been "go back to the office".

    "This is not - and never has been - our message," Mr Drakeford added.

    "We want people to carry on working from home if they can.

    "The fewer people we come into contact with, the lower the risk of the virus spreading."

    Woman working on laptop at home