The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales has increased by two.
Public Health Wales (PHW) announced in its daily update on Tuesday, August 11, that there were two new deaths following a positive laboratory test for Covid-19.
It means the overall number of deaths with lab-confirmed Covid-19 since the outbreak began has risen to 1,581.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which covers north Wales, recorded both of the latest fatalities.
There were no new deaths reported by Public Health Wales on 13 occasions in July (July 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28) and three times this month on August 3, 9 and 10.
However this doesn’t necessarily mean no-one died with the virus on those specific dates as it can take several days for a death to be logged officially.
So-called “true” death figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which include deaths in all places and when coronavirus is only suspected, found that 2,513 had died with coronavirus in Wales up to July 31. That was an increase of 10 on the previous week.
Meanwhile, PHW said on Tuesday that the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 13 to bring the total to 17,476.
Swansea recorded the most positive cases with six, followed by Wrexham with four. Rhondda Cynon Taf had two and Conwy had one, while all other local authorities had no new cases.
Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales just 7,773 took place on Monday, August 10. However, the Welsh Government said this additional unused capacity would prove useful should Wales see any local spikes in cases.
The total number of tests done now stands at 450,384. The number of people who have been tested in total in Wales is 272,280 with 254,804 testing negative.
Where the new cases of Covid-19 were reported today
Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales
Meanwhile, experts at Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre say the number of positive cases of Covid-19 globally has now surpassed 20 million.
The total number of global coronavirus deaths stands at 736,254.
The highest number of deaths (163,465) have occurred in the United States, followed by Brazil and Mexico.
The United Kingdom currently has the fourth highest number of deaths at 46,611.
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The latest figures were announced following a press conference with housing and local government minister Julie James who gave an update on the situation in Wales.
Since lockdown started, she said more than 2,000 people who were homeless or in unsuitable accommodation had now been given somewhere to live.
“But this is only the beginning, our challenge now is to seize the moment and change the way we tackle homelessness for good,” she said.
Ms James confirmed that up to £50m will be used to support housing projects across Wales, including providing people with safe and secure homes to make sure they do not fall into homelessness.
She said £8m of this is being made available to help those who have fallen behind with their rent payments as a result of the pandemic.
She added: “This is for a particular cohort of people who weren’t in any rent arrears before and this rent is as a result of Covid-19, so they won’t have had substantial rent arrears before March of this year and have now found themselves through no fault of their own in this particular circumstance.”
The minister said the money will be paid directly to the landlord or agent and tenants will be able to pay back the amount over five years with an APR rate of 1%.
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