Coronavirus latest as special school confirms cases and Wales lockdown looms

Coronavirus cases in Bristol have jumped up again in just 24 hours with a further 158 positive tests recorded yesterday (Saturday, October 17).

Nationally more than 16,000 positive tests were recorded in Saturday’s figures, bringing the total to more than 705,000 since the pandemic began.

Another school near Bristol has confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Warmley Park School and College informing parents of two positive tests among its community.

The special school in South Gloucestershire sent out a newsletter on Friday (October 16) stating that the college part of the school is temporarily closed, and the two groups of pupils are self-isolating.

Nationally, the coming days could see more changes to control the spread of the virus, with pressure mounting for a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown potentially to coincide with the October half term.

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Meanwhile ministers in Wales are expected to continue talks today ahead of an announcement tomorrow afternoon, in which First Minister Mark Drakeford could announce a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown.

This could commence on Friday and will likely have implications for people living on our side of the River Severn, with tighter rules expected for travel across the border.

We will be bringing you the latest developments below – scroll down for updates.

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