The UK Government has sent a letter to Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to offer its support, with rumours that hospitals in Wales are considering postponing non-COVID-19 treatments to deal with the pandemic.
The letter states that the UK Government ‘stands ready to support Welsh hospitals through mutual aid of patients across the border where this is needed due to undue strain on healthcare provisions.’
The news comes with many parts of Wales seeing very high COVID-19 infection rates.
MERTHYR TYDFIL: Infection rate of 870.3 cases per 100,000 population
NEWPORT: Infection rate of 678.8 cases per 100,000 population
CARDIFF: Infection rate of 498 cases per 100,000 population
SWANSEA: Infection rate of 667.2 cases per 100,000 population
CARMARTHENSHIRE: Infection rate of 448.2 cases per 100,000 population
NEATH PORT TALBOT: Infection rate of 770.3 cases per 100,000 population
BRIDGEND: Infection rate of 698.4 cases per 100,000 population