Wales coronavirus statistics will be unreliable for several days, admits Public Health Wales


Wales coronavirus figures will not be reliable for several days, according to Public Health Wales.
The NHS trust confirmed there will be a delay in publishing its daily rates of Covid-19 infection, cases and death on Wednesday, December 16.

This was due to problems incorporating data from Lighthouse Labs; facilities specially designed to handle high volumes of coronavirus tests.

The data for the last few days has been much lower than one would expect as a result.

It followed an announcement last Friday that maintenance of the Welsh NHS Laboratory Information Management System (WLIMS) was to be undertaken for ‘essential service upgrades’.

The Newport Lighthouse lab began processing its first Covid-19 tests on Monday, October 5

A spokesperson for Public Health Wales said: “There is a delay in integrating data from Lighthouse Laboratories. This means that we anticipate a backlog of results over the next few days, and there will be a period of data reconciliation and validation. will affect our daily reporting figures for several days.

“It has not affected the people receiving their results, and anyone who tests positive will be contacted by their local authority’s Test, Trace, Protect team in the usual way.

“Relevant stakeholders receive provisional data.

“The Public Health Wales Public Data Dashboard is a rapid reporting tool that is subject to correction and reconciliation. Official statistics are provided by the Office of National Statistics. ”

According to the most recent figures released by Public Health Wales on Tuesday, the infection rate across Wales now stands at 416.5 per 100,000 population on a seven-day basis through December 10. However, it is likely that this is unreliable.

The number of positive tests in Wales since the start of the epidemic now stands at 102,568, while 2,891 people have died from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus.

It is understood that the daily Public Health Wales update will be released on Wednesday before 5pm.


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