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Live Reporting

Rachel Flint and Richard Porter

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    As we bring today's live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Wales to a close, here's a summary of the main developments:

    The live updates team will be back in the morning with the latest.

  2. Changes 'could potentially cause problems' for Welsh ministers

    James Williams

    BBC Wales Political Correspondent

    It wasn't clear from the prime minister's broadcast, but aside from the imposition of quarantine "on people coming into this country by air" the rest of the lockdown changes he announced will only apply in England.

    But, of course, Boris Johnson is the prime minister for the whole of the United Kingdom so his speech is obviously for a wider audience. It's complicated.

    Ultimately, on the big ticket changes the prime minister has decided to keep England pretty much aligned with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - for now, at least.

    But differences in messaging, slogans and changes around the margins could potentially cause problems for Welsh ministers.

    Having heard the prime minister's address, is everyone in Bristol who fancies driving to Powys to walk in the Brecon Beacons going to know that the rules are different in Wales?

    A Welsh Government source said "people need clear communication" and they may now end up "wasting time" clarifying the different regulations on either side of the border.

  3. Angry NHS staff fear second virus wave after VE Day parties

    bunting with view of houses

    NHS staff have said they feel "stabbed in the back" by people breaking lockdown guidelines to hold VE Day street parties in Wales.

    People had been advised not to hold public gatherings on Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe.

    However, some scenes of celebrations and parties have been criticised by doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients.

    "I'm worried that in ten days' time we're right back to where we started," said intensive care consultant Ami Jones.

  4. The new lockdown rules for Wales from tomorrow

    Boris Johnson laid out his government's next steps to ease lockdown this evening - but Wales' approach had already been announced on Friday. So what's the situation here?

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    Video caption: New lockdown rules in Wales mean people can exercise more than once a day
  5. Which coronavirus decisions are made in Wales?

    Who makes which decisions when it comes to coronavirus?

    With many policy responsibilities devolved to Wales - across areas including health, social care and education - there are decisions which are in the in-trays of Welsh Government ministers.

    But other issues, like the furlough scheme, and quarantine for travellers arriving in the UK - are decisions for the UK Government.

    So here's a reminder of who does what.

    The Senedd building
  6. What's happening with schools in Wales?

    Bethan Lewis

    BBC Wales Family & Education Correspondent

    • On Thursday, Education Minister Kirsty Williams said schools wouldn’t reopen on 1 June
    • However the Welsh Government hasn't ruled out anything after the 'beginning of June', including later that month
    • The Welsh Government has promised at least three weeks' notice before a ‘phased’ return
    • A document on schools is due this week but there's no mention so far of it including any sort of timescale for reopening
    empty classroom
    Image caption: Most schools in Wales have been shut since the end of March
  7. Starmer: PM's statement 'lacked clarity and consensus'

    Sir Keir Starmer

    The UK labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, says the prime minister’s statement lacked “clarity and consensus”.

    He told the BBC: “This statement raises as many questions as it answers. We see the prospect of England, Scotland and Wales pulling in different directions, so there's a big gap here for the government to make up.”

    He says that if he were PM, he would have “tried to build a consensus” and would have made sure - if possible - that the devolved administrations, trade unions, and community groups were “on board” and knew “exactly what was required of them.”

    Sir Keir leader adds: “I accept a plan had to be set out, but to lack that basic clarity and consensus is a real problem.”

  8. 'A reckless move', says Plaid leader Adam Price

    Adam Price

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price says Boris Johnson has made a "reckless move".

    Speaking on a special BBC Wales Today programme, Mr Price said the prime minister's strategy signalled "the end of the four nation approach" to the UK.

    "We now have a three nation approach from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with a simple clear stay at home message. England has signalled a move away from that," he added.

    "The Stay Alert message is confusing. It's the wrong decision for England but is also sending a mixed message and makes our work here [in Wales] harder."

  9. Nicola Sturgeon: 'Room for some simpler messages'

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is concerned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not clear enough in his address that he was talking mainly about changes in England.

    "I think it is incumbent on him, perhaps a bit more strongly than he did tonight, to stress that when he is talking about lifting these restrictions, he is talking for England," she told BBC Scotland.

    "When he talks about things like border control, he is talking for the whole UK, but really all of us have a duty right now to be as clear as possible and, having watched the prime minister, I think there is still some room for some simpler messages."

  10. What did we learn from the prime minister's statement?

    A person watching the prime minister's statement

    In the past half hour, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken about changes to lockdown in England.

    So what did he announce?

    • A new Covid Alert System will track the virus in England
    • From Wednesday, people in England can take "unlimited exercise", including sitting in your local park or driving to destinations for exercise
    • Schools in England could return on 1 June, with primary schools opening first, but that date is the "earliest" it could happen
    • In England, parts of the hospitality industry and more shops could open from July, dependent on the data
    • Mr Johnson says he “will not hesitate to put on the brakes” if there are further outbreaks of the virus

    The lockdown situation in Wales is different. 'Modest' changes to the rules here were announced First Minister Mark Drakeford on Friday.

  11. 'People will be fined for driving to exercise in Wales'

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has relaxed the exercise rules in England saying can people “drive to other destinations" for a walk.

    But the Welsh Government's Counsel General Jeremy Miles has said this is not the case in Wales.

    "Our regulations do not permit people to get in their car and drive to destinations in Wales," said Mr Miles.

    "And that also means people getting in their cars in England."

    Mr Miles says the police in Wales "absolutely have the power to fine" people for making non-essential journeys and not exercising near their homes.

    People exercising in Cardiff Bay
  12. 'What a mess'

    Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement begs "many more questions than it answers."

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  13. The lockdown rules in Wales

    The rules in Wales don't permit you to drive long distances for leisure, the Welsh Government's Counsel General Jeremy Miles has confirmed, with police having the power to issue fines.

    Here's a reminder of the lockdown rules in Wales.

  14. Johnson announces ‘unlimited exercise’ in England

    Boris Johnson says the next step from Wednesday will be to “encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise” in England.

    He says: “You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.”

    But he warns people “must obey the rules on social distancing” and to enforce them, the fines police can give out will be increased.

    Johnson says, “with ever increasing data” and being able to track progress, “if we as a nation begin to fulfil the conditions I have set out, then in the next few weeks and months we may be able to go further.”

  15. Johnson: England in position to move to level three in new alert system

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson says there will be five alert levels in the new system for England, with level one meaning the disease is no longer present in the UK and level five being “the most critical – the kind of situation we could have had if the NHS had been overwhelmed”.

    The PM says there as been a period at level four during the lockdown, but “thanks to your sacrifice we are now in a position to begin to move in steps to level three”.

    However, he says “everyone will have a role to play in keeping the R down… by staying alert and following the rules.”

    And he adds there are two more things to do “to keep pushing the number of infections down”.

    “We must reverse rapidly the awful epidemics in care homes and in the NHS, and though the numbers are coming down sharply now, there is plainly much more to be done.

    “And if we are to control this virus, then we must have a world-beating system for testing potential victims, and for tracing their contacts.”

  16. PM unveils 'conditional plan' to reopen society

    Boris Johnson tells people to "stay alert" as he outlines steps to modify measures in England.

    It comes after he unveiled an alert system to rank the threat level of coronavirus in England.

    The UK government is replacing the "stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives" slogan with "stay alert, control the virus, save lives".

    The "stay at home" advice will remain in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland leaders in the three devolved nations said Mr Johnson had not consulted them on the new message.

  17. Advice in Wales 'has not changed', says First Minister

    The coronavirus lockdown advice has not changed in Wales despite Boris Johnson's address, the First Minister has said.

    The prime minister laid out England's coronavirus response for the next three weeks.

    However in Wales, new rules allowing people to exercise more often and for garden centres to open, if they can comply with social distancing, will come into effect tomorrow.

    Mr Drakeford said people should remain at home "wherever you can" because coronavirus "has not gone away".

    "If you need to leave home for work, exercise or shopping, you should stay local and stay alert," he added.

    "The way we behave over the weeks ahead will continue to have a profound impact on our NHS and our ability to save lives."

    Mr Drakeford said any plans for the future depend upon how the virus behaves over the coming weeks and months.

    However he reaffirmed that schools will not return to normal on 1 June.

    He added: "We will continue to make decisions, which are right for Wales, using information and expert advice about how coronavirus is circulating here to keep us safe."

    Mark Drakeford
  18. Four nations' consent 'shattered'

    Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader Liz Saville Roberts has tweeted her response to Boris Johnson's statement so far:

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  19. Details of Covid Alert System for England

    The PM reiterates the government’s five tests for ending lockdown in England: protecting the NHS, seeing a sustained fall in death rates, a fall in the rate of infection, sorting out “challenges” - such as procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) - and stopping the so-called R number rising up over one and causing “exponential growth” of the virus.

    He says we “cannot move forward unless we satisfy the five tests”.

    Johnson announces the previewed plans by launching a new “Covid Alert System” which, he says, will be run by a new Joint Biosecurity Centre.

    He says the level the country is at will be determined primarily by the R number and the number of coronavirus cases, and “will tell us how tough we have to be in our social distancing measures”, namely “the lower the level, the fewer the measures, the higher the level, the tougher and stricter we will have to be”.