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The latest from Welsh NHS Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall

Get up to date on today's Coronavirus briefing from the Welsh Government

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales has been telling reporters that while the first peak of the coronavirus may have passed, we still need to respect NHS staff by following continued lockdown rules in Wales.

Speaking at a briefing earlier this afternoon, Dr Andrew Goodall said the number of people being treated in hospital for Coronavirus has continued to fall and are stabilising.

He said around 1 in 9 coronavirus tests in Wales were coming back positive and that the 581 confirmed Covid 19 cases being treated in hospital was the lowest since the peak in Wales at the beginning of April. But he said there could be a rise in the rate of community transmission once lockdown measures were eased.

Dr Goodall said people with health concerns should still approach the NHS. GP surgeries had seen a 25 percent reduction in  referrals and he reminded people to continue to order their prescriptions. He also expressed concerns about a reduction in cancer referrals. 

Listen to the full briefing here:

 

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