Two more people die from coronavirus in Wales as 14 new cases are identified

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Two other people have died in Wales after testing positive for the coronavirus, it has been announced. Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Wednesday August 5th that there had been two 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 1,568.

Both have been reported to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council which covers Anglesey, Gywnedd, Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire.

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.

Meanwhile, PHW said on Wednesday that the number of laboratory-confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Wales rose by 14 to bring the total to 17,374.

Wrexham recorded the most positive cases with six, followed by Denbighshire, Flintshire and Vale of Glamorgan with two. Cardiff and Carmarthenshire had one new case, while all other local authorities had no new cases.

This means that Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf Morgannwg, Swansea Bay and Powys Teaching Health Boards have all recorded no new positive cases.

Despite a testing capacity of over 15,000 per day in Wales, only 4,553 took place on Tuesday 4 August. The Welsh government has said this additional spare capacity will come in handy if Wales sees local peaks in cases.

Where new cases of Covid-19 were reported today

Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales

The latest figures were released after it was announced that £ 800million would be given to the Welsh NHS to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus.

The money will be used to increase the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), retain some field hospitals and fund Wales’ biggest flu campaign.

This brings the total amount of Welsh government coronavirus support for NHS organizations to over £ 1.3 billion.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said: “We understand the growing financial pressures and challenges facing the public sector and are doing all we can to alleviate them.

“I am confident that today’s announcement will provide our NHS with the stability it needs to respond to the pandemic.

“We also continue to work with local authorities to understand the considerable pressures they face and their priorities so that we can provide additional support. ”

On Monday, it was announced that bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants could be closed if they ignore legal requirements aimed at minimizing the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

Welsh Language and International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan told the Welsh Government’s weekly Covid-19 briefing that ignoring the rules “cannot be an option”.

She said: “We have enforcement powers which allow us, the local authorities and the police, to take action if the behavior of some people becomes a threat to the health of others.

“Changes to those powers this week will mean that it includes closing specific premises if necessary. ”

Meanwhile, from today, patients who feel they need urgent A&E treatment at 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.

How the new CZV247 telephony system for A&E works at UHW:

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Anyone who feels they need a visit to A&E, but does not have a life-threatening illness or injury, are now 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, which “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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