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    Wales to introduce vaccine passports next month

    People will need a vaccine passport to enter nightclubs and attend large events in Wales from next month, First Minister Mark Drakeford announces.

    He says Covid rates are currently very high in Wales – but the alert level will remain at zero for the next three weeks.

    Everyone is encouraged to work from home whenever possible and to make sure they are fully vaccinated, he adds.

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    Awareness and enforcement of other key Covid protection measures, including face coverings in indoor public places and on public transport, will also be increased.

    Drakeford says: “Across Wales, coronavirus cases have risen to very high levels over the summer as more people have been gathering and meeting.

    “Tragically, more people are dying from this terrible virus.

    “The very strong advice we have from our scientific advisers is to take early action to prevent infections increasing further.”

    Taking “small but meaningful action” now to control the spread of the virus would reduce the need for tougher measures later, he adds.

    The requirement to show an NHS Covid Pass will come into force from 11 October.

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    It means all over-18s will require one to enter nightclubs, indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people – and any setting or event with more than 10,000 in attendance.

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