Responding to the latest Welsh Government Briefing on the outbreak of Coronavirus, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“NHS organisations across Wales welcome the modest changes to the lockdown restrictions as we cautiously come through the peak of the Coronavirus. It is crucial at this moment in time, we do not risk a second peak of the virus which could overwhelm our health and care services, but we also need to make sure we keep people as safe and well as possible.
“We’re also pleased to see the Welsh Government highlight their plans to publish their test, track and trace strategy at some stage this week and that testing capacity has increased. NHS organisations are fully behind this approach to monitoring and minimising the risk to public health whilst allowing some restrictions to be eased in a managed way.
“The NHS and researchers across Wales are working closely to explore potential treatments for Coronavirus, and this joint effort will help us to manage the risks of Coronavirus to the public going forward. Work is going on around the clock, both in Wales and internationally, to make sure this work can be progressed as quickly as possible.
“The public have done a tremendous job of helping our NHS to maintain the capacity needed to treat people, but we also recognise there is frustration with the current situation. We encourage everyone, stick to the current restrictions, don’t take unnecessary risks, we will get through this and the NHS will be there for you at every step of the way.”