The number of deaths from coronaviruses reaches almost 1,000, while 14 additional deaths have been confirmed


The death toll from coronavirus in Wales has risen to almost 1,000 after 14 more deaths have been confirmed.

Public Health Wales confirmed on Sunday that another 174 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 10,329.

Authorities added that another 14 people died, down from a total of 44 on Saturday – one of the largest daily increases in the number of deaths.

Death figures do not include deaths for which no test has been performed.

The number of deaths and cases has tended to decrease over the weekend since the virus started and to resume next week.

New figures from Public Health Wales show that the Betsi Cadwaldr Health Board has once again experienced the largest increase. The North Wales council saw 51 new cases before Cardiff and Vale who had 34.

This brings the total number of deaths in Wales to 983.

Cases by board of health:

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council – 1,371

Powys Teaching Health Board – 182

Hywel Dda University Health Council – 757

Aneurin Bevan University Health Council – 2,143

Cardiff and Vale University Health Council – 2,280

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board – 1,828

Swansea Bay University Health Council – 1,595


The total number of tests performed increased from 1,438 yesterday to 1,198.

After criticizing their weak tests, the Welsh government retaliated by saying that “we do not see that science supports all the differences in policy and the scope of testing in England”.

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Gething suggested that England was just doing so many tests because it felt compelled after setting a goal.

He said: “England went out and created a lot of capacity very quickly, then it went out and used that capacity.

“The challenge from a political point of view is that there is clearly a difference but that is partly because England decided that having set a big goal, it had to go out and use all the tests. “

He added that he believed there was a lack of evidence to support England’s plan and to question whether all of these tests should have been counted.

“Now, other people will tell you how many of these tests are real tests or tests that have been sent,” he said. “But part of the difficulty we have encountered is that the scientific basis for how and why you are extending this policy is not something where there has been a fully informed debate and we do not see that science supports all differences in policy and the scope of testing in England. ”

Mr. Gething has also been criticized by the British government’s test booking system, which tells people that tests “are not available in Wales”.

Speaking today about the numbers, Dr. Giri Shankar, incident manager for the new response to a coronavirus outbreak at Public Health in Wales, said: “We seem to have gone over the peak and flattened the curve of new cases of new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wales, which seems to be an indication of the effectiveness of the locking measures. We are currently working with the Welsh government to determine the best approach when the lockdown is finally eased.

“In the meantime, the rules of social distancing remain in force. Wales Public Health fully supports the Welsh government’s revised stay-at-home regulations. The message has not changed – anyone can get a coronavirus, anyone can spread it. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating in all parts of Wales, and the most important action we can all take to fight the virus is to stay at home. We would like to thank everyone across Wales for doing their part to help slow the spread of the virus. ”


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