In Wales, the number of people who died from a coronavirus exceeds 900 cases, as nearly 10,000

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The death toll for patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in Wales has reached 908 after 22 more deaths were announced on Thursday.

Wales Public Health has also confirmed that 183 more people tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 9,812.

The announcement came after a press conference chaired by Wales’ Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Frank Atherton to provide an update.

He said that due to strict home stay regulations, there has been a reduction in the level of coronavirus circulating in communities.



Dr. Frank Atherton speaking to the media at a press conference

He said there had been a notable reduction in hospital and intensive care unit admissions as well as a “flattening” of daily mortality rates.

“This is all good news and it shows that the people of Wales take these measures of social distancing, hand hygiene and locking very seriously,” he said.

This map shows the communal areas that recorded the most cases on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

However, Dr. Atherton admitted that the “virus is not finished with us yet” and expressed concern about the “real risk” of lifting the restrictions too soon and the impact it could have on our service. health.

“We could see a resurgence in the circulation of viruses [if the lockdown measures are eased too soon], ” he added.

Although virus transmission in the community has decreased, Dr. Atherton said he was particularly concerned about people living in “closed places”, such as nursing homes and hospitals.

But he said that unlike England, which plans to test all residents and staff of retirement homes, whether symptomatic or not, Wales would not adopt this measure because it did not “follow Science “.

When asked if he was aware of any research suggesting that testing asymptomatic people could provide benefits, the CMO said, “I understand, of course, that some asymptomatic people may be positive.

“What we don’t know is the degree of transmissibility of asymptomatic people in the general community or in closed places like nursing homes. “

This graph shows how the number of cases fluctuated every day

This graph shows how the number of deaths fluctuated every day

This map shows where the deaths reported by Public Health Wales were recorded:

This map shows where the most cases have been seen:

He went on to add that testing capacity “obviously had an impact” on Wales’ decision to only test those with signs of the virus.

“There are currently 25,000 residents living in nursing homes in Wales. It is therefore unclear whether a policy of testing all asymptomatic people means testing them once or testing them regularly. “

When asked how Wales would move on to tracking and tracing coronaviruses in the community, Dr Atherton said it “remains to be seen” how it would work in practice.

“As the numbers start to drop, we can start thinking of going back to a tracking and tracing process,” he said.

“I cannot give you the exact details on this, as this is exactly the plan we have asked Public Health Wales to start developing for us. “

Meanwhile, when asked whether the masks should be worn by the people of Wales, the CMO said, “My advice today, unless the science changes next week, is” no “. What is important is to maintain social distance. “

And when asked why Wales no longer had a specific test goal, which was previously set at 9,000 a day today but is currently less than 2,000, Dr. Atherton said said: “These projections were created at the beginning of March at a time when we were really afraid that the capacity of the NHS would be exceeded. ”

He stated that the measures put in place around social distancing, hand washing and not going to the workplace have reduced this risk, so that a test capacity of 9,000 per day does not would not have been necessary.

“I see this as a sign of success,” he said.

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