New plan published to Test, Trace and Protect in Wales
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, yesterday (Wednesday 13 May) published a new strategy to test the public and trace the spread of coronavirus in Wales.
Mass testing and technology will be at the heart of the Test, Trace and Protect strategy, which will help Wales move to the next stage of the response to the virus.
Mr Gething yesterday said:
We all want to be able to return to normal life as quickly as possible and to ease restrictions further – the science will guide us about when that happens.
Our Test, Trace, Protect strategy will be a key element in helping us do that by enabling us to quickly identify people with coronavirus symptoms; to identify any new hotspots and to isolate as many contacts as possible.
The plan includes:
- increasing testing of critical workers to enable them to return to work
- a new system of home testing for the public if they have coronavirus symptoms
- a new app to track symptoms in the general population and contact others who have symptoms or have tested positive
Testing capacity currently stands at more than 5,000 tests a day. There are six drive-through testing centres, eight mobile units and a number of community testing centres throughout Wales. Testing capacity will be increased to up to 20,000 tests a day, by drawing on a UK-wide scheme, as the Test, Trace, Protect strategy is implemented.
The exact number of tests Wales will need every day will depend on the level of coronavirus circulating in the community and the emerging evidence about how testing should be deployed to prevent infection. This will be kept under review.
The Minister added:
We have to learn to live with the virus. This approach will help people understand whether they have been exposed to the virus so they can limit their exposure to others. This will help us to prevent infection and track the virus as restrictions are eased.
The public will be our most important partners. It is only through their willingness to report their symptoms, identify their contacts and follow the advice to self-isolate if they have symptoms that we will be able to control the spread of coronavirus.
Latest News from
Chief Medical Officer statement on 21 day review: 28 May 202002/06/2020 14:05:00
Advice provided to Welsh Ministers about the 21 day review of coronavirus restrictions by Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Time to say thanks to the volunteers supporting communities across Wales01/06/2020 16:05:00
As Volunteers’ Week begins today, Welsh Government is saying thank you to the thousands of volunteers of all ages including young people who are working so hard to support communities across Wales.
Contact tracing system for Wales rolled-out01/06/2020 14:05:00
A population-wide contact tracing system is being rolled out across Wales as lockdown restrictions are eased, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.
Up to £65 million set aside to keep Wales’ railway running01/06/2020 11:05:00
Welsh Government has announced it will spend up to £65 million over the next 6 months to ensure train services continue to operate on the Wales and Borders network for key workers and others that rely on the train to travel.
Education Minister’s ‘deep concern’ over UK government’s student number controls proposals01/06/2020 09:33:00
Education Minister Kirsty Williams recently (29 May 2020) wrote to the Minister of State for Universities expressing a ‘deep concern’ over plans to announce the UK government’s intention to introduce temporary student number controls in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shielding people can meet others and exercise outdoors31/05/2020 09:05:00
Changes to advice for people shielding from coronavirus are being introduced from Monday 1 June, Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething has announced today.
Stay local to keep Wales safe: changes to the lockdown announced29/05/2020 13:25:00
Plans to allow family and friends to meet outside have been unveiled by First Minister Mark Drakeford as the strict stay-at-home coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations are eased in Wales.
Wales' critical care for coronavirus in numbers29/05/2020 09:05:00
Critical care has played a crucial – and often life-saving – role in the treatment of people who have been seriously ill after contracting coronavirus in Wales.
Welsh Government announce new £20 million fund to transform homelessness services and ensure no-one need return to rough sleeping28/05/2020 14:05:00
Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced new funding of up to £20 million to help ensure that no-one in emergency shelter during the coronavirus crisis has to return to the streets or unsuitable accommodation.