The state of coronavirus in Cardiff as only one critical care bed is occupied

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The state of coronavirus in Cardiff has been revealed as only one critical care bed is occupied with a positive case.

The positive looking outlook comes as restrictions across Wales continue to be eased and the infection rates continue to head downward.

Although the figures are promising, Cardiff consistently reports some of the highest numbers of new cases each day. And while the infection rate has been falling consistently from a peak of 650 cases per 100,000 people in December, 2020 it’s still higher than what was recorded in August last year.

So, with cases falling across the country and the numbers in Cardiff heading in the right direction, what exactly is the situation in Cardiff?

Daily cases and Infection rate per 100,000 people

Just like the rest of Wales, the capital is thankfully seeing a downward trend in cases. The rapid drop comes after the huge spike in cases seen around Christmas that sent the country back into lockdown.

According to the latest data, Cardiff hasn’t reported more than 50 cases in one day since February and has yet to record more than 20 cases in a day in April – correct as of May 4.

The infection rate per 100,000 people, a more accurate figure to show the state of the pandemic, has also dropped massively since the second wave. The rate in Cardiff is currently 12 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to April 28, slightly higher than the Wales-wide figure of 10.5 cases per 100,000 people. The infection rate is now as low as it was at the end of August last summer.

Tests

The latest testing numbers continue to show a steady drop since the start of 2021. This is to be expected as the number of cases drops. According to the figures only twice this year have more than 1,000 tests been carried out in a single day. On May 1, only 168 coronavirus tests were carried out in Cardiff – a drop of almost 1,000 compared to 1,162 recorded in early January.



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Hospitalisations

The hospitalisation figures are a key indicator as to how well the health board area is coping with the virus. The latest set of figures continue to show good news across the board with all indicators dropping. The overall number of Covid hospitalisations continues to drop, with recovering patients making up the majority.

The number of people in hospital in the Cardiff and Vale health board area with confirmed coronavirus was 57 on April 29 compared with 570 on January 22, 2021. On April 28, the number dropped below 60 for the first time this year. A confirmed Covid-19 case refers to a patient who has received a positive result in the last 14 days.

General and acute beds

Looking at the figures for general and acute beds, which care for less serious patients, it’s another positive sign. The figure continues to drop from the start of 2021, which has now stayed below 300 for over a month and as of April 29 has dropped to just 56. This is the lowest it’s been for several months and again shows how well hospitals are currently coping with the pandemic.

Invasive beds

At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in April, 2020, there were as many as 164 coronavirus patients needing the highest level of breathing support in intensive care. But one year later and thanks to the fast-paced vaccine rollout – and months of arduous lockdown restrictions only one person in the Cardiff health board area is currently in an invasive care bed.

But the figures in Cardiff also show that the number of non-Covid patients requiring an intensive care bed is rising.

In response to the latest figures, Nicky Hughes, the Royal College of Nursing Wales Associate Director of Nursing, said: “It’s really good news that we haven’t got the patients needing that type of invasive treatment anymore, and it’s reflective of the falling infection rate and transmission in communities.

“This reduction is down to the lockdowns we’ve all had to endure – and done so stoically and with vigilance – but also shows the success of the vaccination programme. It’s an amazing sight to see how much the NHS has rallied even though everyone is exhausted and still coming to terms with what they have experienced.” You can read more here.



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