An urgent appeal for temporary workers has been launched by a health committee besieged by the coronavirus.
The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board could “follow Italy” as it is overwhelmed by a rapid increase in cases, said a senior official.
A consultant from the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, who heads the council, said the “tsunami” was affecting all surgeries, including cancer operations.
The council issued a call on Twitter for the new staff “to start working soon.”
“We need you,” reads, “we are offering temporary paid roles.”
The commission heard that it needs doctors, nurses, administrative staff and other workers, such as servants and porters.
The latest data show that the Aneurin Bevan health council area has had the most confirmed cases of coronavirus at 309.
It covers Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and South Powys.
Why does the area have so many confirmed cases?
The Welsh government has not provided any explanation for the “random” cluster.
However, chief medical officer Frank Atherton said Thursday that “it was largely a test,” which he said had increased in the heath area.
He said that the fact that Aneurin Bevan is on the border with England, which has seen more cases in places like London, was also a problem.
He added that there will be areas in Wales that would “flare up” and then “calm down” in the days ahead.
How serious is it in Aneurin Bevan?
Aneurin Bevan’s director of public health, Sarah Aitken, compared his situation to that previously seen in Italy, where 6,800 people died.
He said the health council is seeing a “rapid increase” in the number of cases, the number of people hospitalized and the number of people dying from the virus.
But Ruth Jones, a Newport West MP, invited people in the area to remember socially.
“We have the power to stop the situation by being sensitive, managing things, isolating ourselves when direct and staying away from other people.
“We have the power to stop the spread of the disease as quickly and severely as in Italy.”
The police take action
The Welsh government has said it is taking “urgent measures” to increase hospital and intensive care capacity.
On Tuesday, the prime minister announced tough new life limits to thwart the spread of coronavirus.
In an open letter, Gwent’s chief police officer, Pam Kelly, asked the public to “work with us,” while the agents applied the current restrictions on the virus.
“We are still in your cities, on your streets, preventing and responding to crime,” he wrote.
“Please listen to government advice. The Gwent police will be proportionate and understanding.
“But if people ignore the advice, we will have to act.”
He urged young people not to gather in groups, as this was “dangerous” for the spread of the virus.