Three people die in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus

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Three more people in Wales have died after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been announced.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed, in its daily update on Sunday, August 2, that there were three new deaths following a positive laboratory test for Covid-19.

It means the overall number of deaths with lab-confirmed Covid-19 in Wales since the outbreak began has reached 1,565.

Meanwhile PHW has said the number of confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 37 to bring the total to 17,315. It should be noted that the reporting of new cases in always slightly lower on and after a weekend.

Of the 37 new cases 27 were in north Wales.

Wrexham and Flintshire both recorded the most positive cases with 10 and 11 respectively followed by Denbighshire with four.RCT had three new cases whereas Conwy, Cardiff and Carmarthenshire had two. Powys, Pembrokeshire and Merthyr all had one new case.  

While Wales has a testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day the total number of tests that took place on Saturday, August 1, was 3,108- just over 20% of total capacity.

Get the full figures for your area:

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the virus was at a “low ebb” in Wales.  He added that while there had been an increase in cases in the Wrexham area those could mostly be attributed to the Rowan Foods plant and Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

The package of lockdown easements, which he announced on Friday, will come in on a phased basis over the coming weeks. He said that will also be applicable to Wrexham and no local lockdown will be introduced at this stage either.

From August 3:

  • Up to 30 people from any number of households can meet outside
  • Children aged under 11 will no longer have to remain two metres apart from people outside their household
  • Restaurants, pubs, and cafés allowed to re-open indoors
  • Indoor bowling alleys, auction houses, and bingo halls can allow open
  • Licensed wedding venues can re-open but receptions must take place outside

From August 10:

  • Gyms, swimming pools, and leisure centres are all expected to be able to re-open
  • Indoor play areas, including soft play centres, will be able to open again

From August 15:

  • People may be able to meet indoors if infection rates continue to fall

There were no new deaths reported by Public Health Wales on 13 occasions last month (July 6, 10, 12, 13 and 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28).

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 all deaths where the virus was mentioned on a death certificate and not just cases cases identified in a lab, found that 2,491 people had died with coronavirus in Wales up to July 17.



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