No new deaths of people with coronavirus have been reported by Public Health Wales for the first time since lockdown began.
The NHS trust confirmed on Monday, July 6 that there were zero deaths in patients with lab-confirmed Covid-19, keeping the total at 1,531 since March.
It is the first day since March 19 that there have been no deaths reported on a single day by PHW. At that time, only two people in Wales had died with lab-confirmed Covid-19.
Meanwhile, PHW reports that the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales has risen by just eight to bring the total to 15,898.
Conwy, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, RCT and Ceredigion all had one new reported positive case, while all the rest had none. One other positive case was from an “unknown” area.
And even though testing capacity stands at 15,000 each day in Wales, just 3,054 tests were carried out on Sunday, July 5.
New coronavirus cases reported in Wales today
Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales
The latest figures were announced on the day that the five-mile “stay local” rules were lifted by the Welsh Government.
It means people can now travel across the country and visit popular beauty spots – the first time this has been allowed since March 23.
The Welsh Government said the measures will pave the way for the tourism sector to begin reopening from July 11 “if conditions allow”.
People from two separate households are also able to meet indoors and stay overnight with each other as part of one “extended household” from Monday.
Mr Drakeford said he wanted to restore freedoms as soon as possible in Wales but only when threat of coronavirus has “sufficiently receded”.
A fifth review of coronavirus regulations will be carried out towards the end of this week.
“We look closely at a number of factors which tell us how much headroom we have and how that headroom can be used,” he said.
“These include the latest scientific and medical evidence about the transmission of coronavirus in Wales, as well as the proportion of tests that are returned as positive.
“At the peak of coronavirus, 45% of all tests processed by NHS Wales laboratories were positive. By the end of June that had fallen to 3.5%.
“We also looks at new confirmed cases, the number of people dying from the disease and excess deaths. We also look at the number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus and the number of people treated in critical care units.”
He said the more the public continues to follow the rules, the more headroom the Welsh Government will have to ease restrictions.
“When compliance falls away, then our ability to do new things fall away as well,” he said.
On Friday, the First Minister said he took part in a “fast and furious” Facebook live session with the public where he was asked a number of questions.
These included when beauty salons could reopen and when sports, such as swimming and junior football, can restart.
But Mr Drakeford added: “I do not want to offer anyone false hope, or the false security of far off dates in the future which may be snatched away at the last moment by a virus which could suddenly change course as we have seen it do elsewhere in the world.
“We must remain hopeful that we are over the worst, but we must all be realistic that we could yet see a further resurgence of coronavirus later in the year, which is why it is so important that we all continue to take measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
He said the Welsh Government continues to advocate the “fives golden rules”, which include:
- avoiding unnecessary travel;
- working from home where possible;
- keeping distance from one another;
- always washing hands;
- only meeting one other household outdoors unless part of an extended household.
Mr Drakeford also highlighted key dates for the week ahead, which include:
- Thursday, July 9: Complete 21-day review of regulation
- Saturday, July 11: self contained accommodation reopen
- Monday, July 13: Pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes will reopen outdoors as well as hairdressers by appointment
The First Minister added that he hoped not to see large gatherings on streets when bars, pubs and restaurants open outdoors in Wales next Monday.
He said would look “very carefuly” at the experience in England over the weekend and would draw a “rounded lesson” from it.
When about how Wales’ share of the money the UK Government has announced for the arts sector will be used, Mr Drakeford said he has not allocated the money yet.
“When you get money from the UK Government, sometimes there are things that don’t come your way,” he said.
Mr Drakeford used last week’s announcement of a “new deal” as an example, adding that Wales did not see a “single penny” of new money.
He said the Cabinet needs to wait to see the full package and what other announcements the Chancellor will make.