Mark Drakeford said the Prime Minister was “politically crippled” by the implementation of new restrictions. He added: “The only country that is not taking any action to protect its people is England. “
During a Covid briefing, the Premier of Wales announced that the Covid restrictions currently in place in Wales would not be relaxed.
England is the only one of the four countries not to exceed Plan B measures since Omicron first reached the UK.
Earlier this week, Mr Johnson said he hoped England could ‘ride’ the Omicron wave without further restrictions being needed.
The Prime Minister reiterated the impact a new lockdown would have on the economy and education, saying “we can find a way to live with this virus”.
Mr Drakeford criticized England’s current approach, saying: “Wales is taking action, as are Scotland, so are Northern Ireland and these are countries across Europe and the UK. whole world.”
He added: “In England we have a government which is politically paralyzed, where the Prime Minister is unable to get an agreement through his cabinet to take the steps his advisers have told him to take.”
He claimed that the peak of the Omicron wave was likely to be “in about 10 to 14 days.”
His remarks came after a senior epidemiologist, who has advised the Welsh and UK governments, called for restrictions to be lowered to pre-Omicron levels.
There was a rude reaction from Twitter users to the Prime Minister’s comments.
@NasherNigel replied, “It’s Drakeford who makes the failure. He made the wrong call and now has to double down to save face.
“And, it will be the businesses, the local economies and the people who will suffer in his pride.”
Others pointed to data which showed the number of Covid cases per 100,000 people was higher in Wales than in England, even after Wales implemented its Boxing Day restrictions.
@PeterCosten said: “He knows we have access to the data, doesn’t he? Does he know we can just show he’s wrong with that statement? Is not it ?
In the past seven days, England has recorded the lowest number of cases per 100,000 of the four countries, with 1,787.
Meanwhile, Wales has the highest with 2,578 per 100,000.