There are now 4,089 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales, Public Health Wales announced on Thursday (April 9th) after 16 other people tested positive.
The increase in the number of new cases is smaller than usual, as the counting time for new tests was advanced from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 1 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, April 8), which means hasn’t had 24 full hours since yesterday’s totals were released.
Dr. Robin Howe, Director of Incidents at Public Health Wales, said, “Due to a change in our reporting process, we are now reporting fewer than normal new cases of new coronavirus (Covid-19 ) in Wales.
“Today’s figures reflect a much shorter six-hour test period. The number of cases will return to normal on Friday, while we return to a 24 hour report.
“16 new cases have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,089, although the actual number of cases is likely to be higher.
“Another 41 deaths have been reported to us from people who tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the number of deaths in Wales to 286.
“We offer our condolences to the families and friends concerned and we ask those who report the situation to respect patient confidentiality.”
The figures come hours after NHS Wales CEO Andrew Goodall took stock of the state of hospitals in Wales.
He said about 50% of intensive care beds remain available in Wales because all but one of the hospitals report “green status”.
Currently, 816 people with Covid-19 are still hospitalized today, with 344 other suspected cases.
One in three ICU patients has coronavirus.
Sunday, the Principality stadium will receive its first patients after being transformed into a dragon’s heart hospital.
It will be used as a 2,000-bed field hospital, including 300 beds for patients with Covid-19.
The turf of the stadium, which normally hosts the Wales rugby team, has been occupied and soon 700 patients will actually be cared for on the field itself. You can read more here.
Politicians and local authorities are also urging people to stay home over the Easter weekend, despite good weather forecasts.