Responding to the latest Coronavirus update from the Welsh Government, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The increase in the number of deaths reported today by Public Health Wales and highlighted by the Counsel General during the Welsh Government press conference are a stark reminder of how serious COVID-19 is for some people.
“As a result of the increasing number of cases across Wales, more patients are requiring hospitalisation and, inevitably, we’ve sadly seen an increase in deaths. Our thoughts go out to all people who have been affected.
“Field hospitals are now being used across Wales to help the NHS respond to the pandemic and the likelihood is worst is yet to come as the NHS in Wales heads into the winter months.
“NHS and care staff are working hard not only to treat people with Coronavirus, but also provide support to people who have other serious health conditions. Providing non-Covid services becomes increasingly difficult as cases of Coronavirus rise in hospitals because we need to plan for more patients coming in with the virus, and we also need to take extra hygiene measures to make sure we can keep other areas of our hospitals safe for people to use.
“Staff in NHS Wales are telling us they are also feeling the acute impact of this pandemic on their health and wellbeing. They have made significant efforts over the last seven months, and they have also made tremendous sacrifices and have lost friends, family and colleagues. Their bravery in the face of extreme pressure and adversity should never be forgotten.”