Responding to the latest Welsh Government Coronavirus update, Dr David Bailey, Chair of the BMA’s Welsh Council said:
“BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the announcement that Wales will be entering a level four lockdown on 28 December. As transmission rates continue to rise rapidly across Wales and pressure on the NHS intensifies, there really is no other option.
“Welsh Government should look again at changing the law on the number of households which are able to meet at Christmas. We fear many may disregard the advice for two households to meet, and look to do what they are legally able to.
“We cannot stress enough the pressure the NHS is currently facing – with the highest number of Covid patients in hospital in Wales so far - doctors on the frontline are exhausted, and we know the worst is yet to come.
“We must not forget the sacrifices our frontline professionals are making on a daily basis to fight this virus. Health Boards in Wales must ensure a rapid roll out of vaccinations as well as consistent mental health support for all staff during this incredibly testing time.
“We urge the public to take the risk seriously and minimise contact as much as possible this Christmas in order to protect each other and to lessen the impact on the NHS.”