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Speaking on the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the 2020 lockdown, Morgan said the virus was spreading rapidly “in all parts of Wales and across all age groups”.

The numbers had been steadily declining since late January and Wales was on the verge of lifting its last Covid-19 restrictions.

Currently, face coverings must be worn in shops, on public transport and in health and care settings, while those who test positive must continue to self-isolate.

Approved establishments must also continue to carry out coronavirus risk assessments, but all of these conditions were to be removed next Monday (March 28).

Morgan said it would be a “finely balanced judgment” on whether to proceed with the measures, but added: “There are no conclusions anticipated.”

She said the main concern was pressure on the NHS, warning that hospitals are already full and rising cases would create training problems for services such as accident and emergency units.

“We may consider maintaining some restrictions and moving forward with those we had planned. [to drop] already, but no decision has been made so far,” the minister said.

There are around 1,400 people in Welsh hospitals with Covid-19, although only 19% have been admitted due to the disease, and there are very low numbers in intensive care.

Morgan acknowledged that people in Wales were suffering from pandemic fatigue, as well as stress from the rising cost of living and anxiety over the war in Ukraine.

But she said people needed to have a “perspective” on what they are being asked to do and why certain coronavirus measures might need to continue.

“The measures that are left are actually quite limited, so I don’t think it’s a big deal to ask people to wear face coverings in certain circumstances,” Ms Morgan said.

“I just think we need to have some perspective on this compared to where we were in the past, where we were just not even allowed to leave our homes.”

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