Wales’ daily coronavirus deaths and cases update for Sunday, August 23

Wales' daily coronavirus deaths and cases update for Sunday, August 23

Wales has recorded two new coronavirus death on Sunday, new figures have revealed.

Public Health Wales (PHW), which records all lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths linked to Covid-19, has published its latest daily update for Sunday, August 23.

These are the key details:

  • Deaths reported today: 2
  • Cases reported today: 20
  • Number of new tests: 5,023
  • Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,592
  • Deaths in Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate (latest ONS data): 2,544

PHW said on Sunday the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 20 to bring the total to 17,727.

Cardiff reported by far the highest number of new positive cases with 11.

Flintshire and Swansea both recorded two new cases each while Monmouthshire, Wrexham, Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot reported one apiece.

All other local authorities had no new cases.

These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling averages for new cases – one of the key benchmarks watched by Public Health Wales.

All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (100k people).

Cardiff: 13.9 cases

Merthyr Tydfil: 9.9 cases

Gwynedd: 6.4 cases

Caerphilly: 3.9 cases

Flintshire: 3.8 cases

Powys: 3.8 cases

(All other areas have below the Wales average of cases per 100,000 people)

The cumulative number of deaths in Wales:

So-called “true” death figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which include deaths in all places and also when Covid-19 is suspected rather than confirmed, found that 2,544 had died with the virus in Wales registered up to August 15.

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Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales, 5,023 took place on Saturday, August 22.

The latest figures were announced the weekend after First Minister Mark Drakeford gave a key update on the situation in Wales.

He stated Wales was the only part of the UK where the daily rate of new coronavirus infections was falling.

“In the past seven days, over 40,300 tests had been carried out in Wales and 141 of them were positive. That is a positivity rate of 0.3%,” he said on Friday.

He said that even though some areas of Wales had seen “peaks”, they were not resulting in community outbreaks.

The First Minister also confirmed that from Saturday the number of households who could join to form a single extended household would rise to four.

In addition, weddings and funerals will be able to include a meal for up to 30 people providing social distancing can be maintained.

From August 29, care homes will be allowed to organise visits indoors, while casinos will be able to re-open on the same date.

Meanwhile, Wales is also conducting pilots for three small outdoor events in the arts and sports, with up to 100 people.

If these pilots are successful, and provided the state of coronavirus allows, he said the Government’s intention was to extend the range of such small-scale outdoor events in the next regulations round.

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