Plaid slam Health Minister for ‘irresponsible’ virus comments

PLAID Cymru’s Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has called Welsh Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething’s comments “irresponsible” after the Minister said said the virus was circulating “less than expected” and that 5,000 daily tests were no longer needed.

The Shadow Health Minister questioned Mr Gething’s comments and asked how the Minister could be so sure the Coronavirus was “circulating less” if tests were not being done.

The 5,000 daily testing target was dropped earlier this week.

Mr ap Iorwerth said this was an attempt to “rewrite history” and to deflect from the twice missed and now scrapped testing targets.

Mr ap Iorwerth said there had never been a correlation between “the testing target and the amount of cases”.

The Shadow Health Minister said that Wales was now the only country in the UK without a testing target and questioned the Welsh Government’s ability to “test, trace and isolate” the virus without targets nor public confidence in delivering on testing.

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Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said,

“This is shocking and irresponsible from the Health Minister. How can he possible say that the Coronavirus is circulating less than expected in our communities when we aren’t testing?

“This is an attempt to rewrite history to deflect from a target his government downgraded once and missed twice and which has now scrapped. The truth is that was never a correlation between the testing target and the amount of cases.

“The target was 8,000 daily tests by April the 7th and 9,000 a day by the end of the month. We’re still on around 1,000 tests a day at best and Wales now the only country in the UK without a testing target. Is Wales somehow now immune? Does the health minister know something the UK, Scottish and northern Ireland governments don’t?

“To deal effectively with Covid-19, we have to test, trace and isolate – like the World Health Organisation have always advised. But how can we do that if we don’t have testing targets nor confidence in the Welsh Government’s ability to deliver?

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