oronavirus measures in Wales are being lifted earlier than previously planned as the rate of infections continues to fall in the country.

Two households will be able to meet indoors a week earlier, and the reopening of gyms, leisure centres and outdoor organised activities are also set to be brought forward.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the “improvements” in the public health situation and the ongoing vaccination programme meant changes could be made to previously announced plans.

The Welsh Government said on Thursday that coronavirus cases in Wales had dropped from 37 to fewer than 21 per 100,000 this week.

And the number of people with Covid-19 in hospital beds was 89 – the lowest figure since September 22.

Under the changes to the timetable, organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to tale place from April 26 instead of May 3.

Wedding receptions for up to 30 people will also be permitted outdoors from April 26 – again a week earlier than previously announced.

The reopening of gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will now be allowed from May 3, brought forward a week from May 10.

This will include for individual or one-to-one training, but not exercise classes.

An extended household rule will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors from May 3, rather than May 10.

All dates are “subject to the public health situation remaining favourable” and will be confirmed at a review of coronavirus regulations on April 22, the Welsh Government said.

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