Six more coronavirus deaths in Wales as new cases surge in one month


Six other people died from laboratory-confirmed coronaviruses in Wales, said Public Health Wales (PHW).The total number of deaths reported by the health organization in its daily figures since the start of the epidemic now stands at 1,497.

It may take two or three days for reports to reach the confidence of the NHS; not all newly reported deaths have occurred in the past 24 hours.

The number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases in Wales jumped 125, bringing the cumulative total to 15,466.

This is more than two and a half times more cases than Wednesday, when only 47 new cases were confirmed and the highest number since May.

The majority of new cases (51) have been reported in Wrexham, where local authorities are working to control an outbreak at Rowan Foods’ meat processing plant.

New cases of coronavirus reported in Wales today

Wrexham also recorded nearly half of all new cases on Wednesday (23), most of which were reported to have been by staff or factory workers.

Anglesey saw five cases, Conwy four, Flintshire two, Denbighshire none and Gwynedd five. Cardiff has seen nine and the Glamorgan Valley has seen three. At Cwm Taf, Merthyr and RCT had two and Bridgend none. In West Wales, Ceredigion had only two, Carmarthenshire none and Pembrokeshire none. Both Swansea and Neath Port Talbot had a case. There has only been one case in the Aneurin Bevan board of health area in Newport.

However, 35 of the new cases have not yet been linked to a site in Wales.

The number of cases newly reported to Public Health in Wales in a single day was only higher for the last time than May 26, when there were 141 cases.

During the first two weeks of June, fewer than 100 new cases were reported each day.

The jump in cases follows the announcement of two outbreaks in Anglesey and Wrexham and a confirmed cluster in Merthyr Tydfil.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said earlier this week, “We can expect to see some increase in cases as a result of these outbreaks.

“These epidemics show that we must all continue to take the coronavirus very seriously – it has not gone away. “


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