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Friday, May 29, 2020

Today’s Update & Test Kit Details

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NOTE: Detailed information on new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales is now available on our user-friendly data dashboard on the Public Health Wales website.

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“On Friday, the First Minister will confirm what, if any, easements to lockdown rules and social distancing will take place in Wales. Welsh Government decisions will continue to be based on scientific evidence and advice.  

“Whenever easements are made, a key enabler will be implementing Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy. We have made further progress in developing our testing capacity and making sure that we will be ready for contact tracing. Future relaxations of lockdown measures will also be dependent on everyone following advice set out in the ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy, including self-isolating when required.

 “In the meantime, social distancing rules remain in effect. Public Health Wales fully supports Welsh Government’s revised stay-at-home regulations. The message has not changed – anyone can get Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), anyone can spread it. Stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives

“Public Health Wales, working with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, is recruiting 500 participants as part of the Oxford Vaccine Group COVID-19 vaccine trial. The aim of this study is to find a safe vaccine that will develop immunity against the virus and thus prevent the disease. Co-ordinated by Health and Care Research Wales, this is a collaboration between Public Health Wales, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Centre for Trials Research at Cardiff University    

“This is an important study to test the effectiveness of one of the main candidate vaccines for COVID-19 in Wales. If successful, vaccination will provide a route out of this pandemic. We will be recruiting participants for screening and administration of vaccine, and monitoring outcomes and safety.

“Public Health Wales has also been working in partnership with Ortho Clinical Diagnostics on new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody tests. In South Wales production is now well underway on the tests, which can detect antibodies that can be used to identify an immune response and may be critical in back-to-work strategies.

“Antibody testing is an important part of our strategy to counter the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to help us understand who has had the disease. Knowing that the production of the test will be local to us in Wales was of great importance to us as we determined which suppliers to rely on.

“Anyone experiencing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now apply for a home testing kit using the new UK online portal. For further information and a link to the booking website, visit: www.gov.wales/coronavirus or www.llyw.cymru/coronafeirws. This will be supported by a national 119 phone service, through which people can also order a home test.

“New guidance on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has also recently been issued from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. All individuals should self-isolate if they develop at least one of the following coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough or fever or loss of smell (anosmia) or taste.

“Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked. The individual’s household should self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for seven days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.    

“Public Health Wales welcomes the extension of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to all care home residents and staff, and is supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy published earlier this month, along with the Critical Workers Testing Policy, which aims to use the current testing capacity in Wales to the full, ensuring we test the right people, at the right time, in the right place, to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to work to increase our testing capacity in Wales.

 “The Welsh Government announced on Friday 8 May that lockdown arrangements would continue in Wales for a further three weeks: in Wales stay-at-home guidance remains that, wherever you can, you should stay at home.    

“Although we appear to have passed the peak of new cases in Wales, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating in every part of the country. The single most important action we can all take in fighting the virus is to stay at home, and we thank each and every person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.     

 “We are encouraging everyone to download the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Study app, which has been supported by Welsh Government. The app allows users to log daily symptoms to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting people. For more information, including how to download the app, visit covid.joinzoe.com.

“Public Health Wales is working to address the negative impact of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the social, mental and physical wellbeing of people in Wales.  Our latest campaign, ‘How are you doing?’ is now live and offering practical advice from phw.nhs.wales/howareyoudoing.

“People no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Information about the symptoms to look out for is available on the Public Health Wales website, or members of the public can use the NHS Wales symptom checker.

“Anyone with a suspected coronavirus illness should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse, or their symptoms do not get better after seven days.

“Only call 999 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not call 999 just because you are on hold to 111. We appreciate that 111 lines are busy, but you will get through after a wait.

“While emphasising the importance of staying at home, we also want to reinforce the message from NHS Wales that urgent and emergency care services for physical and mental health are still open and accessible.

“For parents, if your child is unwell and you are concerned you should seek help. If you have urgent dental pain you should still call your dentist. If you have a health complaint that is worrying you and won’t go away you should call your GP practice. If you or a family member are seriously ill or injured you should dial 999 or attend your nearest Emergency Department.”

Datganiad Cymraeg: 

Diweddarwyd: 2:00yp Dydd Mercher 27 Mai

NODER: Mae gwybodaeth fanwl am achosion newydd o Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) yng Nghymru ar gael yn awr ar ein dangosfwrdd data hawdd ei ddefnyddio ar wefan Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru.

Dywedodd Dr Robin Howe, Cyfarwyddwr Digwyddiad ar gyfer yr ymateb i’r achos o’r Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) yn Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru:

“Mae rheolau cadw pellter cymdeithasol yn parhau mewn grym. Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru yn cefnogi rheoliadau aros gartref adolygedig Llywodraeth Cymru yn llawn. Nid yw’r neges wedi newid â gall unrhyw un gael Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19), gall unrhyw un ei ledaenu. Aros gartref, diogelu’r GIG, achub bywydau. 

“Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, gan weithio gyda Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan, yn recriwtio 500 o gyfranogwyr fel rhan o dreial brechiad COVID-19 Grŵp Brechiadau Rhydychen. Nod yr astudiaeth hon yw canfod brechiad diogel a fydd yn datblygu imiwnedd yn erbyn y feirws ac felly’n atal y clefyd. Yn cael ei gydlynu gan Ymchwil Iechyd a Gofal Cymru, mae hwn yn gydweithrediad rhwng Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan a’r Ganolfan ar gyfer Ymchwil Treialon ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd.

“Mae hon yn astudiaeth bwysig i brofi effeithiolrwydd un o’r prif ddarpar frechiadau ar gyfer COVID-19 yng Nghymru. Os bydd yn llwyddiant, bydd y brechiad yn darparu llwybr allan o’r pandemig yma. Byddwn yn recriwtio cyfranogwyr ar gyfer sgrinio a rhoi’r brechiad, ac yn monitro’r canlyniadau a diogelwch.

“Hefyd mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru wedi bod yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth ag Ortho Clinical Diagnostics ar brofion gwrthgyrff newydd ar gyfer Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19). Yn Ne Cymru, mae’r cynhyrchu ar droed yn awr ar y profion, a fydd yn gallu canfod gwrthgyrff y gellir eu defnyddio i adnabod ymateb imiwnedd ac a all fod yn allweddol mewn strategaethau dychwelyd i’r gwaith. 

“Mae profion gwrthgyrff yn rhan bwysig o’n strategaeth i weithio yn erbyn lledaeniad y Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) ac i’n helpu i ddeall pwy sydd wedi cael y clefyd. Roedd gwybod y bydd y prawf yn cael ei gynhyrchu’n lleol i ni yng Nghymru yn bwysig iawn i ni wrth i ni benderfynu pa gyflenwyr i ddibynnu arnynt. 

“Gall unrhyw un sy’n profi symptomau Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) wneud cais yn awr am git profi gartref gan ddefnyddio porth ar-lein newydd y DU. Am ragor o wybodaeth a dolen at y wefan archebu, ewch i: www.gov.wales/coronavirus neu www.llyw.cymru/coronafeirws.

Bydd hyn yn cael ei gefnogi gan wasanaeth ffôn 119 cenedlaethol y gall pobl ei ddefnyddio hefyd i archebu prawf cartref. 

“Hefyd mae cyfarwyddyd newydd ar symptomau’r Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) wedi cael ei gyhoeddi’n ddiweddar gan bedwar Prif Swyddog Meddygol y DU. Dylai pob unigolyn hunanynysu os byddant yn datblygu o leiaf un o’r symptomau coronafeirws canlynol: peswch parhaus newydd neu dymheredd uchel neu golli synnwyr arogl (anosmia) neu flas.

“Anosmia yw colli neu newid yn eich synnwyr arogl arferol. Hefyd gall effeithio ar eich synnwyr blas gan fod cysylltiad agos rhwng y ddau. Dylai pawb sy’n byw gyda’r unigolyn hunanynysu am 14 diwrnod yn unol â’r canllawiau presennol a dylai’r unigolyn aros gartref am saith diwrnod, neu am gyfnod hirach os yw’r symptomau dal ganddo, ar wahân i’r peswch neu’r colli synnwyr arogl neu flas.  

“Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru yn croesawu ymestyn y profi am y Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) i gynnwys holl breswylwyr a staff y cartrefi gofal ac mae’n cefnogi gweithredu strategaeth ‘Profi, Olrhain, Diogelu’ Llywodraeth Cymru a gyhoeddwyd yn gynharach y mis yma, ynghyd âr Polisi Profi Gweithwyr Allwedol, sy’n ceisio defnyddio’r capasiti profi presennol yng Nghymru i’r eithaf, gan sicrhau ein bod yn profi’r bobl briodol, ar yr amser priodol, yn y lle priodol, i leihau lledaeniad y Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19). Rydym yn parhau i weithio i gynyddu ein capasiti profi yng Nghymru, sy’n 5,330 o brofion y dydd ar hyn o bryd. 

“Cyhoeddodd Llywodraeth Cymru ddydd Gwener 8 Mai y byddai’r cyfyngiadau symud yn parhau yng Nghymru am dair wythnos arall. Yng Nghymru, mae’r cyfarwyddyd aros gartref yn parhau â dylech aros gartref bob amser os ydych chi’n gallu.  

“Er ei bod yn ymddangos fel pe baem wedi pasio penllanw’r achosion newydd yng Nghymru, mae’r Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19) yn bodoli o hyd ym mhob rhan o’r wlad. Y cam gweithredu unigol pwysicaf y gallwn ni ei roi ar waith er mwyn ymladd yn erbyn y feirws yw aros gartref ac rydyn ni’n diolch i bob un person ledled Cymru am wneud eu rhan a helpu i arafu lledaeniad y feirws. 

“Rydym yn annog pawb i lawrlwytho’r ap Astudiaeth Symptomau’r Coronafeirws  Newydd (COVID-19), sydd wedi cael cefnogaeth gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Mae’r ap yn caniatâu i ddefnyddwyr logio symptomau’n ddyddiol i helpu i greu darlun cliriach o sut mae’r feirws yn effeithio ar bobl. Am ragor o wybodaeth, gan gynnwys sut i lawrlwytho’r ap, ewch i  covid.joinzoe.com.

“Mae Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru yn gweithio i fynd i’r afael ag effaith negyddol COVID-19 ar lesiant cymdeithasol, meddyliol a chorfforol poblogaeth Cymru. Mae ein hymgyrch ddiweddaraf, ‘Sut wyt ti?’ bellach yn fyw ac mae’n cynnig cyngor ymarferol gan phw.nhs.wales/howareyoudoing.

“Nid oes angen i bobl gysylltu ag NHS 111 mwyach os ydynt yn credu bod ganddynt Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19).  Mae gwybodaeth am y symptomau i gadw llygad amdanynt ar gael ar wefan Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, neu gall aelodau’r cyhoedd ddefnyddio gwiriwr symptomau GIG Cymru.

“Ni ddylai unrhyw un yr amheuir bod ganddo/ganddi salwch coronafeirws fynd i bractis meddyg teulu, fferyllfa nac ysbyty.  Dim ond os yw’n teimlo na all ymdopi â’i symptomau gartref, fod ei gyflwr yn gwaethygu, neu os nad yw ei symptomau’n gwella ar saith niwrnod y dylai gysylltu â NHS 111.

“Peidiwch â ffonio 999 oni bai eich bod yn profi argyfwng sy’n peryglu bywyd. Peidiwch â ffonio 999 dim ond oherwydd eich bod yn aros i 111 ateb eich galwad .  Rydym yn deall bod llinellau 111 yn brysur, ond bydd rhywun yn ateb eich galwad ar ôl i chi aros.

“Er ein bod yn pwysleisio pwysigrwydd aros gartref, rydym hefyd yn awyddus i atgyfnerthu neges gan y GIG yng Nghymru sef bod gwasanaethau gofal brys ac argyfwng ar gyfer iechyd corfforol a meddyliol yn dal ar agor ac ar gael.

“I rieni, os yw’ch plentyn yn sâl a’ch bod yn pryderu, dylech ofyn am help.  Os oes gennych boen deintyddol brys, dylech ddal i ffonio’ch deintydd. Os oes gennych broblem iechyd sy’n eich poeni ac nad yw’n mynd i ffwrdd, dylech ffonio’ch practis meddyg teulu. Os ydych chi, neu aelod o’r teulu, yn ddifrifol wael neu wedi’ch anafu, dylech ddeialu 999 neu fynd i’ch Adran Achosion Brys agosaf.”

NEW RULES ON STAYING HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS

The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. Three new measures have been introduced:

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Everybody must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Welsh Government, working with UK Government, will keep these measures under constant review and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

STAYING AT HOME

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

2. One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These four reasons are exceptions.  Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These measures must be followed by everyone.  Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

If you work in a critical sector outlined in UK Government guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.  Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.

For the guidance in full, visit the Department of Health and Social Care website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response  

Dr Howe said:

“People no longer need to contact NHS 111 if they think they may have contracted Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Advice about the virus is available on the Public Health Wales website phw.nhs.wales/coronavirus.” 

“Symptoms include a high temperature, where you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, and a new, continuous cough.  This means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.  If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.”

“Anyone with a suspected coronavirus illness should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  They should only contact NHS 111 if they feel they cannot cope with their symptoms at home, their condition gets worse, or their symptoms do not get better after seven days.

“Only call 999 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not call 999 just because you are on-hold to 111.  We appreciate that 111 lines are busy, but you will get through after a wait.

“The public play a very important role in slowing the spread of infection. By strictly following the latest measures, you will protect yourself, protect the most vulnerable and help to reduce the pressure on NHS Wales and minimise the impact of the virus.”

Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) seem to be mild.

Coronavirus is a viral disease that can cause coughing, fever and difficulty breathing. It can be more severe in older people, those with weakened immune systems and some long-term conditions like diabetes or cancer.

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus

Find out how you can reduce the risk of catching coronavirus

Get advice if you are about to or have recently travelled abroad

The number of confirmed cases in the UK, and the number of tests undertaken in the UK, are available from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE).

Of tests undertaken in the UK, are available from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (PHE).

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