By Lesley Griffiths

MS for Wrexham

While we are all getting used to life post-pandemic, it’s important to recognise coronavirus has not disappeared completely and we all remember how quickly the situation can change.

Constituents may be aware cases of Covid-19 are increasing once again in Wales and across the UK, largely due to the rise of subtypes of the Omicron variant. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest one person in every 30 has coronavirus. There are currently approximately 1,500 NHS Wales staff off work with Covid-19.

Its vital people remember the simple steps we grew accustom to in the midst of the pandemic as this will help keep us all safe – get vaccinated, wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings in crowded indoor settings and take a lateral flow test (LFT) if you display symptoms.

Wrexham residents who have Covid-19 symptoms will be able to continue accessing free LFTs until the end of July.

Initially the provision of free LFTs was due to end last month but with the data showing a rise in cases, I’m pleased the Welsh Government acted decisively and announced this extension. The Welsh Government adopted a cautious approach throughout the pandemic and this latest move is a clear demonstration this stance will not be abandoned.

It is worth highlighting free mass testing ended in England at the beginning of April and Scotland ended free LFTs for most people after Easter. Testing remains a key component in the battle against Covid-19 and ensuring LFTs are still available free of charge will make a difference here in Wales.

To help support the bus industry as it emerges post-pandemic, the Welsh Government has announced a new package of support worth £48m.

During the pandemic, passenger numbers fell by around 90% and this funding is a short-term measure specifically aimed at supporting bus operators as they recover and rebuild.

In the longer-term, the Welsh Government is bringing forward legislation aimed at transforming the way buses are governed, allowing all levels of government in Wales to work together to design the bus networks our communities need.

Bus services provide important access to essential services and provide vital links for communities. It is an issue I am regularly contacted about so I am sure this news will be welcomed.

If you’re a constituent in Wrexham and there is something I could help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: or call 01978 355743.