Office of National Statistics data covers all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate from the start of the epidemic until April 10.
It shows people who have died at home, in nursing homes, hospices, in hospitals and elsewhere.
We know from hospital data released every day by Public Health Wales that the total number of deaths people have had Covid-19 in has increased dramatically since then.
Yet these figures provide the first picture of the devastating toll of human life that the coronavirus is causing across Wales.
It also shows worrying inconsistencies, with some areas where epidemics of coronaviruses are significant, like Newport, recording practically no deaths in nursing homes where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.
Only one of 76 nursing home deaths in Newport so far this year has mentioned the coronavirus on the death certificate. in comparison, 42 of the 151 deaths in Rhondda Cynon Taf nursing homes mention Covid-19.
Concerns have been expressed that elderly victims of coronavirus are eliminated from the airbrush because the virus is not diagnosed or recorded on the death certificate.
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This map shows the locations of all deaths of people with Covid-19 in Wales until April 10:
The map above shows the total number of deaths recorded before April 10. Although it shows that the highest number is in Cardiff, compared to the population of the local authority, Newport was the most affected.
In England and Wales, the NSO figures for Wales show far fewer deaths, relative to the population, than in England.
The total number of deaths in Wales in the week before April 10 was 38.3% higher than it normally is.
However in England, the number of deaths increased by 80% that week. And in London, it increased by 190%.
The ONS said the figures are based on death certificates where Covid-19 is mentioned, including in combination with other health conditions.
A doctor can certify the involvement of Covid-19 based on symptoms and clinical results – a positive test result is not required.
This map highlights regions of Wales that saw the most deaths in nursing homes where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate
The appearance of Covid-19 on death certificates after the death of people in nursing homes is extremely inconsistent across Wales.
At Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff, a high percentage of nursing home deaths this year mentioned the coronavirus. In other areas, almost no one does.
In Wales, in the week ending April 10, there were 304 deaths in which the coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate, compared to 134 the previous week.
This represented a third (32.8%) of the 928 deaths recorded during this week. The total number of deaths was also 257 more than the five-year average for the same week (although Easter falls will affect this number).
The total for the week before April 10 or week 15 was the highest for this week of the year since the numbers released in 2010 began.
How These Covid-19 Death Figures Compare to Figures Reported Daily by Public Health Wales
Daily death figures released by Public Health Wales show that there were a total of 609 deaths at the hospital where a patient had Covid-19 as of April 21.
These figures are more up-to-date than the ONS data for the week ending April 10. They also only show laboratory-confirmed cases and only show deaths in hospital and not deaths in nursing homes, hospices or people’s homes.
Public Health Wales also only provides death data by board of health, not by board, and does not publish the number of deaths in certain regions because it says it may identify those who have died.
On April 10, the Public Health Wales daily update reported that there had been a total of 315 deaths, compared to 461 at the same stage recorded by the ONS in data released today. He suggests that the number of deaths per day reported by the Welsh government is about 50% lower than the actual figure.
What has the Welsh government said about the increase in nursing home deaths?
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said at a Welsh government press conference on Tuesday that he does not expect nursing home deaths to continue growing at the same rate they l ‘have been.
He said that we now know more about the number of nursing homes with positive cases of Covid-19 and those who have had suspect cases.
“I’m certainly not jaded, I’m certainly not at all complacent,” he said.
“There is a very real risk in the closed environment of a care home where almost all of these residents are vulnerable to any definition. “
He added: “This is absolutely one of my very real concerns and one of the reasons why we are working to provide adequate personal protective equipment to staff in these contexts, and one of the reasons why they are also part of the testing program for residents and staff. ”
Between the week ending March 13, when the first deaths from Covid-19 were recorded, and the week ending April 10, deaths in nursing homes increased from 2,471 to 4,927, an increase of 99.4%.
During the same period, a total of 1,662 deaths involving Covid-19 were recorded outside hospitals in England and Wales.
– 1,043 took place in nursing homes
– 466 with the locals
– 87 in hospices
– 21 in other municipal establishments, and
– 45 elsewhere
The number of people who died in hospital with a coronavirus during this period is 8,673.
The number of coronavirus deaths recorded in different parts of Wales
Here are the cumulative statistics for all Welsh boards of health registered by the NSO until April 10:
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council
- Care home: 8
- Home 3
- Hospice: 0
- Hospital: 42
- TOTAL: 53
Powys Teaching Health Board
Hywel Dda University Health Council
Aneurin Bevan University Health Council
Cardiff and Vale University Health Council
CWM University Health Council Taf Morgannwg
Swansea Bay University Health Council