Stay out of each other’s houses to help us enjoy Christmas, urges ICU doctor

An intensive care consultant has urged members of the public to follow the rules to help keep the number of Covid cases down and allow people to enjoy Christmas.

In a video shared by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Dr Ami Jones asked people to follow measures such as social distancing and staying out of indoor spaces ahead of Christmas.

“If you can do everything you can to keep the Covid numbers down,” she said.

“Obey the rules, stay away from each other, wear masks, hand hygiene, and certainly stay out of indoor areas where you can’t wear face masks and certainly stay out of each other’s houses.

“That will help us keep the numbers down and help us to enjoy Christmas.”

The ICU consultant also acknowledged that the area covered by Aneurin Bevan health board, which covers Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire, is currently experiencing an increase in terms of positive Covid cases, placing pressure on its hospitals.

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“Unfortunately, you may have seen on the news that numbers are increasing again,” said Dr Jones.

“Some of the high-hitters, some of the areas with the most Covid patients, are in our area. So our hospitals are very busy.

“The wards are very busy, A&E is very busy, and intensive care is very busy with Covid and non-Covid patients.”

Dr Jones previously urged members of the public to take precautions back in October, when she said that hospitals were unsure how they were going to deal with winter this year.

Across Wales, the infection rate of Covid currently stands at 279.5 per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to December 3.

In Gwent, the area covered by Aneurin Bevan health board, four out of its five local authorities currently have an infection rate above the Wales average.

Blaenau Gwent, the area in Wales with the second highest rate of infections, currently has 489.5 cases per 100,000 people.

In Newport, the rate is 376.3 per 100,000 people.

In November, each of the UK’s four nations discussed the approach to Christmas celebrations in a COBRA meeting – following which, it was decided that three households would be able to form a bubble from December 23 until December 27.

The rules agreed by the four nations for Christmas celebrations are:

  • Travel restrictions across the four administrations and between tiers will be lifted to provide a window for households to come together between December 23 to 27.
  • Up to three households can form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point.

  • Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place, but existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.

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