We must continue to be able to isolate local outbreaks before they break into our communities

Darren Hughes

Responding to the latest Coronavirus briefing from the Welsh Government, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:

“We’re moving into a critical phase of tackling the Coronavirus pandemic. The recent localised outbreaks in North Wales and in Merthyr have enabled us to see the Test, Trace and Protect strategy in operation and doing it’s job.

“It is also encouraging that Wales is once again at the forefront of research for new Coronavirus treatments, and that the first patient has been treated using blood plasma over the weekend to aide recovery.

“However, it is clear from the last few days that Coronavirus is still in our communities and our workplaces.

“This is frustrating for everyone across the UK who have made sacrifices and worked so hard to keep everyone safe. We also understand the genuine concern people have for their livelihoods. In NHS Wales, we recognise that a strong economy is a powerful contributor to public health outcomes, but I urge you to stick with us and protect the NHS and social care.

“We must ensure the Test, Trace and Protect system is working properly, and we must continue to be able to isolate local outbreaks before they break into our communities.”

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