Testing is only one part of our response to Coronavirus

Darren Hughes

Responding to the latest Welsh Government’s briefing on the outbreak of Coronavirus, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:

“We welcome the expansion of testing so it is available to everyone with symptoms over 5 years old in Wales. This is a significant development and will give us a more accurate picture of how widespread Coronavirus is in our communities across Wales at this moment in time.

“It is important to recognise testing remains only one part of the picture in our response against this virus. In the NHS, we understand it will be through a package of measures that we will be able to tackle this pandemic and to give staff and the public confidence.

“Once we implement other measures, such as contact tracing, keeping to social distancing measures and once anti-body tests are also more widely available, we will be confident the virus is becoming more manageable and won’t overwhelm our health and social care services.

“The health and care sector continue to work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality of care throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, and all our frontline staff are facing this challenge with great compassion, courage and resolve. Their response to Coronavirus has been nothing short of astounding.”

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