Eluned Morgan: Health Minister says third Covid wave ‘likely’
ELUNED MORGAN, Health Minister for Wales, believes it’s not a question of if a third wave of Covid will hit Wales, but instead “the question is how big will this wave be”.
This warning came after Eluned Morgan said that the cluster of Delta variant, a more easily transmissible mutation of the virus, in and around Conwy in North Wales was concerning.
She also said that it would be “difficult to stop the flow from England”.
At present there are 97 Delta variant cases in Wales, this number includes the 54 cases in Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction.
Baroness Morgan said: “A third wave is likely. It will be difficult to stop the flow from England, the question is how big will this wave be,.
“We are worried that the spread of the virus is so much higher with the Delta variant and that’s why the latest lifting of restrictions is in two parts.
“We have allowed three households to come together outdoors but we are waiting a few weeks for more data to be clearer that this variant is not spreading throughout our society and how it affects our hospitals.
“But it must be emphasised how successful the vaccination programme is and we have to learn to live with this virus and keep the NHS safe by minimising the number of patients that need hospital treatment.”
These statements, made to BBC Politics Wales, come after figures published show 68% of people in Wales have received their first vaccine and 37.5% have received both doses.
Baroness Morgan also said that an additional 300,000 people will get a jab in the next 14 days.
She also went on to say that any discussion about the possible introduction of vaccine passports should not happen until every adult in the country has been offered the chance to receive a vaccination.
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