Wales does not have a new coronavirus death for the fourth time this week and the 10th time this month


Wales recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the fourth time this week.Public Health Wales (PHW) announced on Friday July 24 that the number of laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 deaths since the start of the epidemic remains at 1,548.

There have now been no new deaths reported by the NHS Trust on 10 occasions this month (July 6, 10, 12, 13 and 16, 18, 20, 21, 23 and 24).

However, this does not necessarily mean that no one has died with the virus on these specific dates, as it can take several days for a death to be officially recorded.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the actual death toll in Wales, where the virus was mentioned on a death certificate, was already 2,484 as of July 10.

Meanwhile, PHW said the number of laboratory-confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Wales increased by 45 to bring the total to 17,075.

Powys recorded the most positive cases for the first time with nine, followed by Wrexham with eight, Cardiff with five and Neat Port Talbot with four.

Newport, Torfaen, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Merthyr Tydfil and Pembrokeshire all had no new cases.

Despite a testing capacity of 15,000 per day in Wales, 6,097 were used on Thursday 23 July.

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Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales

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The latest figures were announced following confirmation by the Welsh government that cinemas, museums and beauty salons have been given the green light to reopen on Monday July 27.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford also confirmed that tourist accommodation with shared facilities, such as campsites and all hotels, will also be able to reopen on Saturday, July 25.

A new rule making it compulsory to wear a face mask on public transport, including taxis, will also come into force on Monday as part of Wales’ latest gradual easing of restrictions.

The following businesses can open their doors on Monday:

  • beauty salons
  • nail salons
  • tattoo shops
  • cinemas
  • game rooms
  • museums and galleries

Meanwhile, Public Health Wales has confirmed that the number of positive Covid-19 cases at the Zorba Delicacies Ltd food processing plant in Ebbw Vale has risen to eight, with another probable case.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, communicable disease consultant for Public Health Wales, said: ” Public Health Wales and our multi-agency partners have investigated cases of coronavirus associated with the Zorba Delicacies Ltd food processing plant in Ebbw Vale following the discovery of five laboratory confirmed cases.

“This brings the total number associated with this incident to eight confirmed, with another probable case.

“This is a very good result and we would like to thank Zorba Delicacies Ltd for their full cooperation. ”

PHW said investigations are underway into the possible cause of the incident, but reiterated that no outbreak has been reported at the site.

Dr Stiff added: “As we enter the recovery phase from the coronavirus pandemic, we expect to see clusters in settings such as workplaces.

“We manage any group of coronaviruses appropriately, including providing advice on infection prevention and control, and supporting contact tracing where necessary. “


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