Responding to the latest Welsh Government update on the Coronavirus pandemic, a Welsh NHS Confederation spokesperson said:
“It is encouraging to see a continued reduction in cases of Coronavirus in our communities and the success of the vaccination programme, so far. While things are heading in the right direction, we urge the public to stick with us for a while longer so we can bring down the significant pressure that continues in our hospitals.
“In particular our critical care units are still operating at levels way above capacity and if we take our foot off the gas now, we could see a resurgence of the pressure we saw over Christmas and New Year.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing commitment to helping reduce Coronavirus cases across Wales by following the guidelines. We know how hard lockdown can be for some, and we appreciate the sacrifices made by people across Wales.
“It is also fantastic to see that 1 in 4 people in Wales have already had their first dose of the vaccine, which is a real credit to our staff and all those involved in delivering the vaccination programme. The dedication of our staff has been outstanding and we cannot thank them enough for all their hard work over the last 12 months.
“Whilst these positive signs give us hope as we look forwards, we must remember we are at a critical point in turning the tide on this virus. We must not be complacent now.”