Health Minister Vaughan Gething will take today’s Welsh Governmentcoronavirus press conference briefing, following a record number of positive tests in Wales yesterday.

According to the latest Public Health Wales figures for Tuesday, October 20, 1,148 positive cases were identified in labs in the last 24 hours.

It is the highest amount recorded in Wales in a day and comes with Wales set to enter a  two week “fire breaker” lockdown on Friday, in a bid to halt the rise.

The figures also showed 680 people tested positive for Covid-19 in North Wales in the week ending October 18 as new heat maps giving a more detailed breakdown of cases in areas, are released.

Meanwhile First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned workers in Wales face losing their jobs, if the UK Treasury does not waive the eligibility requirements of its furlough scheme.

The Welsh Labour leader’s warning came after Chancellor Rishi Sunak rejected his request to bring forward a new job support scheme by a week to accommodate the start of Wales’ two-week lockdown on Friday.

The current job retention scheme being used in the UK, which will run until the new support scheme is launched on November 1, is currently only available for workers who were furloughed for at least three weeks prior to June 30.

On Tuesday, Mr Drakeford said in a letter to Mr Sunak that people not eligible for the scheme faced redundancy if their employers were unable to access financial support to pay their wages before the newer scheme kicks in.

“Employers with no income will be faced with the difficult decision of paying all of the wage costs of these employees or making them redundant,” he said.” 

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