Christina Rees, Welsh Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Neath, has welcomed the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement of an additional £32 million in funding to improve Coronavirus testing times in Wales.
The funding will deliver faster results for contact tracing and ensure that Wales is prepared for any increases in cases that may occur during the autumn and winter. It forms part of a package of measures to combat Covid-19 in Wales and to support communities build their resilience should there be any increase in cases in the months ahead, particularly as flu season approaches.
Christina Rees said:
“We are already witnessing an increase in cases across parts of England and are aware of the increased risk of Coronavirus spread during the flu season. This funding will enable the Welsh Labour Government to deliver their vital Test, Trace, Protect strategy to keep the virus under control and Wales safe.”
The Test, Trace, Protect strategy will build on the existing contact tracing expertise already at work in the local health boards across Wales and support local authorities to deliver the strategy on the ground.
“The people in Neath have played a crucial role in keeping the virus under control by following the Welsh Government guidelines. The investment in Test, Trace, Protect will help us ease the restrictions on our daily lives as safely as possible by enabling the quick identification of people with coronavirus symptoms and new virus hotspots.”