Coronavirus updates live as Wales’ two senior medical officials detail the enormous pressure the NHS faces

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NHS Wales Director Dr Andrew Goodall and Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton detailed the tremendous pressures Wales health services face.
The two were giving the Welsh government briefing on the coronavirus today (Wednesday, January 13), which we are covering live here.

Dr Goodall said: “My biggest concern at the moment is the impact on critical care. The units are under tremendous pressure as we continue to see people very ill with the coronavirus admitted to intensive care.

“There are now 150 people in intensive care units with coronavirus. This is the highest level we have seen during the second wave. That’s almost all of our non-pandemic critical care capacity.

“The average age of people in critical situations is 59 and almost twice as many men are admitted as women. ”

He added: “There are now around 2,870 covid-linked patients in Welsh hospitals – the highest on record. We have now passed double the peak we experienced during the first wave in April. ”

The true death toll from the coronavirus in Wales, as recorded by the ONS, has now exceeded 5,000.

It comes as Wales’ Minister for Health has revealed that boards of health are considering using round-the-clock vaccination centers.

In a meeting at the Senedd on Tuesday, January 13, Vaughan Gething said, “When it comes to 24/7, this is something that boards of health look at. I don’t set myself the goal that everyone should have 24/7 service. Delivery model. I want the best and fastest delivery model available and if we set a goal that everyone has to deliver 24/7, it might not get there. ”

However, he said some health boards are likely to test the model to expand vaccine access and speed of delivery.

Meanwhile, a general practitioner called the vaccine rollout ‘shambolic’ as doctors’ offices across Wales complain about the number of doses of the vaccine they have received.

Some Cardiff law firms have published photographs of the ‘disappointing’ number of doses they have received.

In Carmarthenshire, a surgery said she wasn’t even able to order jabs until January 25.

Mr Gething responded to the complaints by saying that the small number of doses of the Oxford vaccine that Wales had received so far made it difficult for boards of health to offer significant quantities to medical surgeries.

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