Two more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been announced.
Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Wednesday, August 5, 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 1,568.
Both of them were reported in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which covers Anglesey, Gywnedd, Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire.
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 once this month on August 3.
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 2,503 had died with coronavirus in Wales up to July 24.
Meanwhile, PHW said on Wednesday that the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 14 to bring the total to 17,374.
Wrexham recorded the most positive cases with six, followed by Denbighshire, Flintshire and the Vale of Glamorgan with two. Cardiff and Carmarthenshire had one new case, while all other local authorities had no new cases.
It means Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf Morgannwg, Swansea Bay and Powys Teaching Health Boards all recorded no new positive cases.
Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales, just 4,553 took place on Tuesday, August 4. The Welsh Government said this additional unused capacity would prove useful should Wales see any local spikes in cases.
Where the new cases of Covid-19 were reported today
Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales
The latest figures were released after it was announced that £800m would be given to the Welsh NHS to prepare for a possible second coronavirus wave.
The money will be used to boost supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), retain some field hospitals and fund Wales’ largest ever flu campaign.
It takes the total amount of Welsh Government coronavirus support for NHS organisations to more than £1.3bn.
Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said: “We understand the growing financial pressures and challenges being faced across the public sector and we are doing all we can to alleviate these.
“I am confident that today’s announcement will provide our NHS with the stability it needs to respond to the pandemic.
“We are also continuing to work with local authorities to understand the considerable pressures they are facing and their priorities so that we can provide them with further support.”
On Monday, it was announced that bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants could be shut down if they ignored the legal requirements to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Minister for international relations and the Welsh language, Eluned Morgan, said at the Welsh Government’s weekly Covid-19 briefing that not taking notice of the rules “cannot be an option”.
She said: “We have enforcement powers which allow us, local authorities, and the police to take action if some people’s behaviour becomes a threat to other people’s health.
“Changes to those powers this week will mean that this includes closing specific premises if this is necessary.”
Meanwhile, from today patients who feel they need urgent treatment in A&E at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff will be told to phone ahead.
The CAV24/7 service is being introduced to help maintain social distancing and manage overcrowding at the emergency unit.
How the new CZV247 phone first system for A&E at UHW will work:
Anyone who feels they need a visit to A&E, but does not have a life-threatening illness or injury, is now asked to call 0300 10 20 247 where their details will be taken by a trained call handler.
They will then receive a call back from a clinician within 20 minutes for urgent needs, or an hour for less urgent needs, who will “triage” the patient
The clinician, most likely either a nurse or paramedic, will then give the patient a time slot to visit the emergency department should it be deemed necessary.
However, they may instead opt to send the patient to a minor injuries unit, a GP, pharmacist or even tell them to stay at home depending on their condition.