14 more people in Wales die from coronavirus


The number of people who have died in Wales with a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus is now close to 1,000.

Wales Public Health on Monday announced 14 more deaths to bring the global total since the start of the epidemic to 997.

However, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which counts all deaths in the NHS, communities and care homes where the coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate, have already passed this gloomy stage.

In addition, Wales Public Health also said that 10,524 people had now tested positive for the virus in Wales – an increase from 195 on Sunday.

This map shows the regions of Wales with the most cases in the past week

The latest figures followed a press conference by Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, who took stock of how Wales continued to attack Covid-19.

He began by reiterating that restrictions on staying at home, social estrangement and regular hand washing reduced the speed and spread of the virus.

Drakeford said all lock-in and hygiene measures have “helped push us past the peak” of coronavirus in Wales.

He added that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Wales was now systematically less than 200 every day and that hospital admissions had increased from over 1,300 on April 23 to just over 1,000 Sunday.

“There are now less than 100 people in intensive care beds in Wales with coronavirus, up from more than 160 in mid-April,” he said.

“About a quarter of people in intensive care are treated for a coronavirus, against a peak of more than 40%.

“The level of compliance in all parts of our community has had the desired effect of slowing the spread of the virus. “

Mark Drakeford gives a briefing at Cathays Park
Mark Drakeford gives a briefing at Cathays Park

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The Prime Minister has said that home stay restrictions will be reviewed, along with the rest of the UK, at the end of the week.

“I think a four-nation approach works better for Wales,” he said.

“Across the UK, we locked out the same day on the same basic terms. I think it would be better if we could start to lift the lockdown through a set of common measures, implemented according to a common timetable. “

When asked how Wales would start breaking out of the lockdown with a current testing capacity of around 2,000 a day, Drakeford said the number should increase.

“We will certainly need more testing capacity when we are able to test, trace, isolate some of the restrictions lifted,” said Drakeford, who added that a first draft health plan public in Wales to start doing that has been established.

Last week, it was announced that the Isle of Wight is about to test a phone application that will track Covid-19 infections.

This graph shows how the number of cases diagnosed each day has fluctuated

It shows how the number of deaths every day has fluctuated

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Drakeford confirmed that the Welsh government is working with the British government to see how it can be used in Wales.

He said that there were still some problems regarding the use of personal data, but he thought that people in Wales would give a “conditional yes” to the use of the application as long as they were informed of the guarantees relating to the data personal.

“There is a desire to act collectively,” he said.

Commenting on when the children would return to school in Wales, Drakeford said it would take three weeks from the time a decision was made to reopen them.

“If we had decided today, the earliest would have been June,” he added, but said no decision to reopen has yet been made.

“We will not reopen schools until we are convinced that we can protect the health and well-being of your child,” he said.

“This will be done in a prudent and measured way with guarantees integrated into the system. “

He added that parents would not be forced to send their children to school, adding that he was not attracted to the idea of ​​coercion.

This map shows the number of laboratory confirmed deaths in each board of health

This map shows the total number of cases in each area of ​​the board

Meanwhile, with regard to the masks, Mr. Drakeford said that, while the official advice was “formalized”, he wanted to be “very clear” that the public will not be invited to wear masks similar to those of the NHS.

“We will not go into the line of conduct where members of the public will compete with health care services for masks,” he said.

He added that the Welsh government is discussing the public use of “non-clinical face covers”, which is the official wording used by its counterparts in Scotland.


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