Welsh Government and health chiefs say Stay at Home for Bank Holiday

No change to lockdown message in spite of "confusing" headlines

The number of people in critical care with Coronavirus in Wales is 50 percent lower than it was at the first peak of the outbreak here.

But the message from the Welsh Government is still to stay home this Bank Holiday weekend to protect lives and the NHS,

Its as Downing Street says Boris Johnson will announce an easing of lockdown measures in England on Monday, but that this will be very limited.

A spokesman for the Welsh Cabinet said people need to be given clear messages and urged people to stay at home and protect the NHS over the Bank Holiday:

"It is crucially important that the people of Wales are informed clearly and accurately about what, if any, changes are made to the current stay-at-home restrictions.

“Some of the reporting in today’s newspapers is confusing and risks sending mixed messages to people across the UK.

“The First Minister of Wales will announce the outcome of the Cabinet's decision in due course.

"Our message for this bank holiday remains, stay home, protect the NHS, Save Lives

Preparing Health and Social Care Services for future

Meanwhile in a briefing this lunchtime the Chief Executive of NHS Wales Dr Andrew Goodall said the number of people being treated by the NHS for Coronavirus is falling and about 1 in 5 of  critical care beds are occupied by people with Covid 19.

He said the NHS and Social Care services staff had gone "above and beyond to care for our population." and that the human cost of the crisis was "profound and unmeasurable".

Dr Goodall said that with the outbreak stabilising, the next task was to prepare services for the long term Covid 19 and that an "Operating Framework" had been publishefd to allow NHS to provide routine care and deal with future peaks in the disease.

He said increases in cases could still occur and so could changes to lockdown measures.

"The NHS will continue to be there for everyone when they need it most."

New Welsh Covid 19 deaths today
18 new Covid 19 deaths have been reported to Public Health Wales today.

 It means there have now been 1062 suspected Coronavirus deaths in Wales

Wales is still closed

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“With the upcoming May Day Bank Holiday, Public Health Wales reminds the public to continue to adhere to Welsh Government’s restrictions on non-essential travel, caravan and campsites, hotels, B&Bs and holiday accommodations, as well as the limited access to our national parks. We also remind owners of second homes in Wales to act responsibly and to avoid traveling to these homes until restrictions have been lifted.

“Social distancing rules remain in effect. Public Health Wales fully supports Welsh Government’s revised stay-at-home regulations. The message has not changed – anyone can get Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), anyone can spread it. Stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives.

“Public Health Wales is working with the military to deploy a number of mobile testing units. Three of these units were available last week, and a further five will become available this week. Once these units are deployed, their ongoing management is being handed over to the relevant health boards.

“We seem to have passed the peak and flattened the curve of new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, which appears to be an indication of the effectiveness of lockdown measures. We are currently working with Welsh Government to determine the best approach for when the lockdown is eventually eased.

“Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating in every part of Wales, and the single most important action we can all take in fighting the virus is to stay at home.  We want to thank each and every person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.          

"While emphasising the importance of staying at home, we also want to reinforce the message from NHS Wales that urgent and emergency care services for physical and mental health are still open and accessible.



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