Given that Wales and England currently have significantly different sets of Covid rules it is worth taking a look at the coronavirus situations in both countries.

I have used a few different metrics so let's take a look:

Infection rate

Wales has had a lower infection rate than England consistently since the spring. Dipping as low as 8.8 in mid May in Wales, Eng's rate never went below 19. Once both countries started to open up (though Wales' re-opening was slower) cases began to steadily rise.
The latest data runs just up to England's so called "freedom day" and shows that England's rate is just under 400 (399.6) whereas Wales' 205. It is important to note that the Welsh data is one day more recent.
As well as the slower re-opening, the reason for Wales' lower infection rate could be because its vaccination programme is further ahead than England. This both reduces the chance of some who is vaccinated passing on the virus and the chance of some catching it.
What about deaths?

Though cases are flying in up in both England and Wales the amount of deaths has stayed very low.

This graph shows the amount of deaths a day in Wales since February:
This graph shows the amount of deaths a day in England since February:
It is hard to directly compare the amount of deaths in England and Wales when looking at the raw numbers because Wales has such a smaller population.
To do this WalesOnline have looked at the deaths per 100,000 for each day for both countries. This is a clumsy metric because just one death in Wales can skew the data significantly - but it offers a way to visualise the situation.
Hospital admittance

In previous waves there has been a clear and direct link between cases and hospital admittance. This link has been weakened significantly by the vaccine but not broken.
After the significant spike in cases (and because of the lower vaccination rate), England has seen an increase in hospital admissions - although not at close to the same rate as previous waves.
Wales' has been creeping up but is still significantly below the rates we saw in May.

This graph compares the two countries with the figures on the left applying to Wales and the right to England.
Vaccination rates

Despite unlocking earlier than Wales, England has a lower percentage of its population vaccinated.
Though Wales had a slow start to the rollout it now comfortably the most advanced UK nation in terms of percentage of population given two jabs. As of July 18, 76.3% of Welsh adults had been given two jabs compared to 68.3 in England.

This graph compares the two countries:
Highest areas

I's hard to compare 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿and 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿as whole entities because they are so different in size. Plus 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿has far fewer areas of very dense population.

Instead of comparing 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, it is interesting to compare Wales as a whole with regions of Eng as the sizes are more similar.
This is how Wales compares to regions of England:

North East - 910.1 cases per 100,000
Yorkshire and The Humber - 536.5
North West - 515.6
West Midlands - 443
East Midlands - 398.2
South West - 386.4
London - 333.5
East of England - 324.8
South East - 321.8
Wales - 205
The lists below show the local authorities with the highest infection rate in England compared to Wales. The majority of which are both in the north west of their respective countries.

Redcar and Cleveland - 1,267.2
South Tyneside - 1,237.3
Middlesbrough - 1,178.2


Denbighshire - 460.8
Wrexham - 333.2
Conwy - 332.8

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People often ask why we, as WALESonline, write stories about what happens in England, and why we compare Wales and England.

I think this is a fair question to ask so I will explain the rationale behind it.

Firstly, let's address the fact an organisation with "Wales" in its name writing about England.

The vast - and I mean vast - majority of our stories are about Wales.
All our reporters and editors are based here and our newslists have dozens of stories about what's going on in Wales on them every day.

But we do not write exclusively about Wales. We write about what will interest and affect our readers who live in Wales.
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Reading accounts from prisoners (I tried to get interviews but was refused) and speaking to volunteers who inspect the prisons paints a grim picture.

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The first thing to say is that Welsh prisons have in the main done a decent job in keeping Covid out of prisons.

There could have been a catastrophic loss of life and there wasn't.
However this loss of life was prevented by some pretty brutal restrictions on inmates with the vast majority of the courses, skills classes and rehabilitation inmates normally get totally shut down.
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Honestly, I am really pissed off and so should you be.

On Monday I sat through a technical briefing from the Climate Change Committee explaining in immense detail their report on global warming in the UK and successive governments utterly pathetic response to it.

The reason I really angry is that we are, to a certain extent, already quite f***ed.

A lot of warming over the next 30 years is already "baked in". It is inevitable because of the greenhouse gases we've already put into the air.
Even if heating was limited to 2C, an optimistic scenario, the number of risks with annual costs in the billions per year would triple by the 2080s.

But this gets to the crux of why you should be furious with our politicians and those who came before them.
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Care about the environment?

Want to know which of the Welsh parties manifestos is best placed to cut carbon emissions and tackle global warming?

If enacted, some of these manifestos will probably make the problem worse...

Let's take a look:

To do this @WalesOnline teamed up with @matjhope from the environmental investigations website @DeSmogUK.

I should stress, these conclusions look at the manifestos only and not their wider comments on climate change or other issues.
We asked Mat to put the manifestos into tiers based on how green they are.

Top tier:
Greens, Plaid Cymru

2nd tier:
Labour, Lib Dems

3rd tier:
4th tier:

5th tier:
UKIP, Propel

Who knows?:
Abolish (don’t appear to have any policies beyond their name)
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There are legitimate and reasonable grounds to question whether any potential return of the 5-mile-rule in Wales by the Welsh Gov is a proportionate and necessary restriction on our liberties based on the current data.

This requires some unpacking so stay with me.

First let me be clear this is not advocating widespread rapid reopening of restrictions.

This not even necessarily saying that imposing the five mile rule would be wrong.

Just that there are questions that need answering.
Throughout the entire pandemic our freedoms have been curtailed and removed in the name of public safety.

For most part the public have understood and accepted it.
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A bit more information on the new variant of coronavirus in Wales.

There is ongoing surveillance of new variants of Covid all the time.

There are thousands that they are aware of.
Part of the reason why the situation has moved so quickly in Wales is that scientists have very recently become aware of how widespread this particular new mutation is in Wales.
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