Party-lovers in Wales made the most of the first Thursday night in town since the country's lockdown lifted.

Wales' 17-day national 'firebreak' ended on Monday allowing revellers to return to Cardiff's student night.

Students on the other side of the border however can only watch on as nearly three weeks remain of England's four-week lockdown.

Social distancing went out the window for some groups of friends who had no problem dancing and hugging together on St Mary Street in the Welsh capital.

Few face coverings made it into selfies either.

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Covid restrictions were dramatically eased in Wales at the beginning of the week, allow pubs, bars and other non-essential businesses to open their doors once again.

Strict social distancing and hygiene rules still apply must still be enforced inside venues where people are allowed to meet with four different households.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Monday: "I am confident we will see the impact of what we have done over the last 17 days in the weeks that now follow."

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The current measures have been introduced throughout Wales instead of the regional approach administered before the firebreak.

The UK's coronavirus rules are currently split between each nation but it is hoped the same approach will be used everywhere over the Christmas period.

Boris Johnson at the end of last month announced England would go into a nationwide lockdown from November 5 until December 2 when non-essential businesses are anticipated to be given the green light to re-open.

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The UK became the first country in Europe to pass 50,000 coronavirus deaths on Thursday as another 595 people died – one of the highest totals in six months.

Boris Johnson said in response "we mourn everybody who's gone".

Positive news is that Britain's coronavirus R rate has dropped back below 1, with it now estimated to be at 0.9 across the country.

More than 14,000 patients are still in hospital in the UK with the deadly virus – 1,268 of whom are on ventilators.

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