“This is something we are going to have to continue working our way through over the months ahead – as I have said before this is not a sprint, this will be a marathon. “
He added:” I think moving past , deaths just reminds everybody that it is still absolutely critical that we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines.
“We are seeing the benefits and we will only continue to see the benefits and we will only continue to see a reduction in deaths if we all continue to do that. “
Professor Powis also claimed the NHS has“ not been overwhelmed ”during the crisis.
The NHS has launched a new campaign encouraging the public to seek urgent care for medical emergencies.
It comes after visits to A&E departments fell by nearly 50 per cent in April.
Professor Powis renewed the appeal for people to get medical help when they need it and to be not be put off by the epidemic.
He said people experiencing chest pain, a sick child that is not improving or a pregnant woman whose baby is moving less than usual should contact the NHS .
“For many of these conditions, fast diagnosis and treatment is absolutely crucial,” he told the briefing.
“So it’s really important not to delay. The NHS is still there for you. “
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