Four people infected with COVID-19 in Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil every 10 minutes.

All non-urgent surgery, outpatient clinics and specialist nurse services are on hold in parts of South Wales as staff are redeployed to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases there.

A joint statement representing the three areas of Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr Tydfil said that in the last week, the equivalent of almost four people acquired the virus every 10 minutes.

“The transmission rates in our council areas are in the highest 20 areas in the whole of the UK,” the statement said.Urgent cancer services will continue and other urgent patients will be seen, a joint statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils said, adding the region’s vaccination program will continue.

“This decision has not been taken lightly as we know it will mean people in our communities will not be able to access some local NHS services and many patients will have to wait longer for outpatient appointments and operations.


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