One more person dies from coronavirus in Wales as cases rise by 22

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One more person has died after contracting coronavirus in Wales, it has been announced. Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Tuesday August 4 that there had been one new death 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 1,566. The health council at Betsi Cadwaladr University, which covers North Wales, has recorded lonely death.

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 once this month here in August 3.

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 that 2503 had died from coronavirus in Wales until July 24.

The ONS said there were seven deaths involving Covid-19 in the week ending July 24, up from 11 the week before. This is the lowest figure since the week ending March 20 when two deaths were recorded.

Meanwhile, PHW said on Tuesday the number of laboratory-confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Wales increased by 22 to bring the total to 17,361

Flintshire recorded the most positive cases with four, followed by Conwy, Vale of Glamorgan and RCT with three. Ceredigion had two new cases, while Monmouthshire, Newport, Gwynedd, Wrexham, Cardiff, Powys and Neath Port Talbot had one. All other local authorities have had no new cases.

Despite a testing capacity of over 15,000 per day in Wales, only 4,661 took place on Monday 3 August.

Where new cases of Covid-19 were reported today

Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales

The latest statistics were released following a press conference by Welsh Minister for International Relations and Language Eluned Morgan.

She described the coronavirus as “much more than a health crisis” for its power to impact “all areas of our life and our economy.”

“Going to a concert, vacationing by the beach, enjoying a meal with friends – these were some of the things we took for granted,” she said.

“And while I’m glad we’re now able to start enjoying many of these things again, it’s the result of all of our efforts to protect public health and support these areas.

‘Along with introducing measures to protect public health, the Welsh government has moved quickly to help protect businesses across Wales, including cultural, sports and hotel organizations, from some of the worst impacts of the coronavirus . “



Minister of International Relations Eluned Morgan

Baroness Morgan highlighted the ways the Welsh government has helped, including establishing a £ 1.7bn business support program to complement the support available from the UK government.

“It meant businesses in Wales had access to the UK’s most generous aid offer,” she said.

She also said 600 tourism and hospitality businesses have now received more than £ 14million in loans and grants, while a £ 53million cultural recovery fund has been set up to support theaters , concert halls, heritage sites, museums, libraries, galleries, events and festivals. and independent cinemas.

“All of this is crucial to protect businesses, organizations and livelihoods across Wales. The latest figures show that our Economic Resilience Fund alone has already helped protect around 75,000 Welsh jobs, ”she added.

“Many more will be protected as we continue to support these sectors and defend the interests of the UK government in the interests of Wales. ”

Baroness Morgan ended her presentation with a strong message on how the coronavirus rules will be enforced in Wales.

“Most of us follow the law and help prevent the virus from spreading, but I would like to end by saying this to the small minority of people and businesses that are not: we will take action to enforce the rules in Wales.

“Ignoring legal requirements to minimize the risk of the coronavirus spreading at the scene cannot be an option. We work with local authorities, environmental health offices, national park authorities and the police to ensure that measures to keep us all safe are followed.

“We also have enforcement powers, which allow us, the local authorities and the police, to take action if the behavior of certain people becomes a threat to the health of others. Changes to those powers this week will mean that this includes closing specific premises if necessary. ”


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Meanwhile, from Wednesday, patients who feel they need urgent treatment at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff will be asked to call ahead.

The CAV24 / 7 service is being introduced to help maintain social distancing and manage overcrowding at the emergency unit.

Anyone who feels they need a visit to A&E, but who does not have a life-threatening illness or injury, will be asked to call 0300 10 20 247 where their contact details will be taken by a qualified call manager.

They will then receive a reminder from a clinician within 20 minutes for urgent needs, or within an hour for less urgent needs, who “triage” the patient.

The clinician, most likely a nurse or paramedic, will then give the patient a time slot to go to the emergency room if deemed necessary.

However, they can instead choose to send the patient to a minor injury unit, GP, pharmacist or even tell them to stay home depending on their condition.

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