The Welsh government have said they might trigger a “short, sharp” firebreak for 17 days in an attempt to slow down soaring cases.
A senior doctor at the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales warned Covid patients in ICU in the country said there are more patients in hospital now than when the firebreak lockdown started last year.
Intensive care consultant, Dr Ami Jones at the hospital in Wales said staff are “pretty gutted” as they are now seeing the next wave of patients sick with Covid being admitted.
Dr Jones wrote on Twitter, “Frustrating day for ABUHB (Aneurin Bevan Health Board) ITU staff today as we “flipped” the largest part of the unit from Amber (non-Covid) to red (Covid).
“Covid patients now make up the majority of our patients on the unit.
“We’re all pretty gutted that we’re facing this next wave of Covid patients.
“Vaccination has certainly weakened the link between infections and hospitalisations.
“But it hasn’t broken it and the unvaccinated are featuring heavily in hospitalised patients.”
She added, “Please get vaccinated.
“Please make sure that you keep wearing facemasks, social distancing and avoiding poorly ventilated areas whether you’re vaccinated or not.
“You can still catch and spread Covid if vaccinated but the risk of becoming seriously unwell/hospitalised is much less.”
Len Richards, chief executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said five out of six people in ICU have not been vaccinated.
There were 47 patients in ICU in the Gwent hospital and they were places in invasive ventilated beds.
There are now more patients in ICU at the hospital now, than on 19 October 2020, data from StatsWales shows.