COVID rules in Wales may be kept beyond their planned relation date of March 28.

A sudden rise in case rates and hospitalisations in Wales from Coronavirus, may mean that the Welsh Government may be forced to extend the end of the face mask and self isolations requirement.

A decision on which rules may need to be extended is expected to take place on Thursday (Mar 24).

The Welsh Covid laws currently require people to wear masks in shops, public transport and most indoor settings. It also requires people with covid to self-isolate.

The law was due to expire on Monday March 28 – however due to a current spike it has been suggested that some rules may be in force past the cut off date.

The First Minister, Mark Drakeford has said despite the last eight weeks’ data ‘moving in the right direction’, they would need more information before a decision can be made. He added: “all options are still open”.

With hospital admissions and cases rising, Health Minister, Eluned Morgan said:”We have rates that are lower than the rest of the UK but things are going in the wrong direction.

“It’s possible we will pick and choose which restrictions to keep.”