People with Covid symptoms in Wales will continue to be tested for free lateral flow until the end of July.
But the main self-isolation payments will end on June 30, although similar social protection schemes continue.
The latest estimates suggest the number of infections in Wales has risen further.
England and Scotland have ended free LFT access for most people, and Northern Ireland will end free access at the end of June.
Wales’ chief medical officer, Dr Sir Frank Atherton, said continuing to provide free LFT to those with symptoms “should have an impact”.
“The ministers here are very clear that when we are in a downward trend, they prefer to lift the protections and de-escalate the situation,” he said.
“So when we see an increase in community infections, when rates actually go up and people are hurting more and more, that’s the time to delay those changes.”
“That’s why we’ve decided to continue testing people with coronavirus symptoms in Wales for a month.»
£500 self-isolation payment to end on June 30 while Covid-19 Statutory scheme to increase sickness benefits Will be extended until August 31 to help social care workers stay away from work if they test positive.
Health Minister Eluned Morgan said she had decided to extend the payment period “especially for carers because they are in vulnerable circumstances”.
“I think this will be part of our future process to make sure we protect the most vulnerable. »
The Welsh Government said adopting the CFL would cost around £1m, and if self-isolation costs were to continue to be paid, it estimated they would cost between £3m and £4m until the end of July, given the number of positive tests.
He added that the cost of continuing the statutory Covid-19 disease benefit improvement scheme would be around £1.5 million.
How many people have tested positive for lateral flow?
The latest figures from Public Health Wales show the LFT has returned the most positives since the end of April.
With 9,406 positive tests in the latest week, people aged 40 to 59 continue to record the highest number.
So far, Wales has reported more than 12.5 million CFL results since January last year.
How many more Covid infections are there?
In its weekly swab survey, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated a slight increase in infections over the past week.
He estimated that 68,500 people, or 2.25%, contracted Covid in the week to June 18.
Estimates of infection in Wales, which affect one in 45 people, are lower than in the rest of the UK and all but the North East of England.
The increase may have been caused by infections involving the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants, he said.
The latest daily estimates show how the proportion of positive tests for BA.4 and BA.5 surpassed the BA.2 variant in the second week of June.
What about the future?
Dr Atherton said he expected further outbreaks in the future, adding: “Every time we have these outbreaks, we should go back to some of the things we know are stopping transmission.
“So social distancing, wearing masks in crowded places and making sure we self-isolate if we have symptoms of a respiratory infection.
“All of this is going to help break the chain of transmission, and I think as we move forward and look at the crystal ball a little bit, I think we’re going to see a new coronavirus outbreak and we’re going to have to take these squares.”
“But I think they should be implemented voluntarily by the wise, because we know what to do now, not by law or mandate. »
Despite the change in law, Public Health Wales is still advising people to self-isolate if they test positive or develop symptoms.
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