Five more people die from coronavirus in Wales as eight new positive cases are reported


The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Wales has increased by five.Public Health Wales (PHW) announced in its daily update on Wednesday August 12 that there have been five new deaths following a positive laboratory test for Covid-19.

This means that the total number of laboratory-confirmed deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic has risen to 1,586.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council, which covers North Wales, has recorded all of the latest deaths.

No new deaths were reported by Public Health Wales on 13 occasions in July (6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28 July) and three times this month – here in August 3, 9 and 10.

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.

The so-called “real” death figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which include deaths in all locations and when coronavirus is only suspected, revealed 2,513 had died from the coronavirus in the Country of Wales until July 31. That was an increase of 10 the week before.

Meanwhile, PHW said on Wednesday that the number of laboratory-confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Wales increased by eight to bring the total to 17,484.

Gwyneed and Wrexham recorded the most positive cases with two, followed by Conwy, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea with one. All other local authorities have had no new cases.

Despite a testing capacity of over 15,000 per day in Wales, only 6,146 took place on Tuesday 11 August. However, the Welsh government has said this additional spare capacity will come in handy if Wales sees local peaks in cases.

The total number of tests performed now stands at 456,528. The total number of people who have been tested in Wales is 275,084 of which 257,600 are negative.

Where new cases of Covid-19 were reported today

Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that between March 9 and May 25, 26 health and social workers lost their lives as a result of testing positive for Covid-19 in Wales.

About 15 of them worked in healthcare roles, such as nurses and NHS doctors, while 11 were employed in social care facilities such as nursing homes.

Almost twice as many women (17) died than men (nine) during this period, which could be attributed to the higher proportion of women working in the social service sector in particular.

For comparison, during the same period in England, the ONS says 514 health and social workers lost their lives after being diagnosed with coronavirus. This was an even split (257) between health workers and social workers, with 78 more women dying than men.

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Prime Minister Mark Drakeford on Tuesday urged people to act sensibly when they descend on popular tourist spots in hot weather.

Over the weekend, police were on duty at Barry Island to keep people safe after crowds gathered at the station on previous sunny days.

There were also lively scenes further along the coast in the Vale of Glamorgan at Ogmore by Sea.

Mr Drakeford said: ‘If people don’t behave in a reasonable way we will all end up in trouble so it is my message always that the people of Wales are making a huge effort to protect us and we must keep it. Go. “


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