THE First Minister of Wales says there's 'cause for optimism' for the country as Easter arrives and Coronavirus rates remain low.

In his Easter message to the country, Mark Drakeford reflects on an 'emotional' twelve months for all and looks ahead to the future as 'the long nights of winter have given way to the spring'.

The Labour Leader's full message to the public read: "I send my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Easter and to those across Wales who are reflecting on how our lives have changed.

"These past twelve months have been full of emotional and trying moments for us all. Many will feel the loss of loved ones more deeply during this time. Be kind to yourselves.

"As the long nights of winter have given way to the spring, we have cause for optimism here in Wales. Coronavirus rates remain low, our vaccination programme continues to reach new highs, and we are carefully easing restrictions that have been needed to keep Wales safe.

"As we move forward, we are united in our hopes for the future, and resolute that the sacrifices we have all made together will secure the fairer, more outward looking nation we strive to be.

"May you all have a restful and peaceful Easter."