First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce changes to the lockdown rules for single parents and those living on their own on Friday.

It is understood the first minister will announces the changes during the three-week review of existing restrictions on Friday, October 2.

He is is not, however, expected to make major changes to Wales’ national coronavirus rules, as cases of the virus continue to rise.

Mr Drakeford will announce the changes "in recognition of the emotional toll the virus can have on people living alone", something the First Minister had previously earmarked for review.

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Mr Drakeford previously told WalesOnline he was considering changes to the rules for those living alone, saying "we need to think about those single-person households" if lockdown periods are to continue.

"I have asked for us to look at the Scottish household model. In the lockdown areas you can only meet people from your extended household [in Scotland, an extended household can be formed by a person who lives alone or only with children under 18 with another household of any size]," he said at the time.

"In Scotland, if you are a single person living on your own you can form an extended household with one other. I am concerned about those elderly people living on their own who, at the moment, are not able to mix with anybody else indoors.

"Part of this three-week review will be to see whether we can move to the Scottish model. If these lockdowns are only going to last a matter of weeks maybe it isn't quite as bad but if it's going to go on week after week we need to think about those single-person households."

Most of Wales is currently in a local lockdown following a rise in cases of the virus. On Thursday, four areas in North Wales became the latest to enter a local lockdown, while in England tighter restrictions have been introduced in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesborough.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that six more people had died in Wales after testing positive for Covid-19, the most reported in a single day since July 2, while another 398 new lab-confirmed positive cases were recorded by Public Health Wales (PHW).