Wales does not have a new coronavirus death for the third time this week as cases exceed 17,000

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Wales recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the third time this week.Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Thursday July 23 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 nine occasions this month (July 6, 10, 12, 13 and 16, 18, 20, 21 and 23).

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 43 to bring the total to 17,030.

Wrexham again recorded the most new cases with nine, followed by Flintshire with six and Vale of Glamorgan and Powys with four.

Torfaen had three cases, while Monmouthshire, Denbighshire, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot had two new cases. Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Carmarthenshire had one new case, and the others had none.

Despite a testing capacity of 15,000 per day in Wales, only 4,213 were used on Wednesday 22 July.

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On Wednesday, it was revealed that hundreds of people in Wales had been infected with Covid-19 while in hospital.

PHW found that 1,172 people “definitely” got the virus after being admitted, and another 612 “probably” got it that way.

Of those 1,784 people, almost half (858) caught the virus in just four weeks between March 30 and April 26.

Meanwhile, the Welsh government announced a 2.8% pay rise for doctors and dentists, following recommendations from a report by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB).

However, NHS staff say the announcement is “a slap in the face” to nurses, hospital porters and domestic staff who are not involved in these negotiations.

Welsh nurses were offered a 6.5% pay rise in 2018 to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

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