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Covid news — live: Wales lifts ‘stay at home’ lockdown order as EU suffers fresh AstraZeneca vaccine blow

First minister Make Drakeford has announced Wales will lift its Covid lockdown “stay at home” order over the weekend as new infections continue to drop and pressure on hospitals eases slightly.

The relaxation in restrictions means four people from two households can meet outside in a private garden from Saturday under new “stay local” guidance.

Hairdressers and barbers are allowed to open from Monday, although most non-essential shops will remain closed until at least 12 April.

Elsewhere, the EU’s vaccination programme has taken another hit after commission chiefs warned the bloc’s supply of jobs is likely to fall short.

Thierry Breton, the internal market commissioner, said he was not seeing “best efforts” from AstraZeneca to meet its EU delivery targets. The bloc also said it had failed to secure extra AstraZeneca doses from the US.

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Matt Mathers12 March 2021 08:25

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Source: Covid news — live: Wales lifts ‘stay at home’ lockdown order as EU suffers fresh AstraZeneca vaccine blow

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