No new cases have been reported in Newport as Wales recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the eighth time this month.
Public Health Wales (PHW) has confirmed 21 new cases have been reported today, bringing the total number of cases in Wales to 17,620.
Newport recorded no new cases, but Cardiff saw a rise in cases of seven. This was followed by Powys with four. Anglesey, Denbighshire and Gwynedd all had two, while Conwy, Wrexham, Bridgend and RCT recorded one case each. 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)
Wrexham: 11 cases
Denbighshire: 6.3 cases
Anglesey: 5.7 cases
Flintshire: 4.5 cases
Cardiff: 4.6 cases
Powys: 3.8 cases
Newport: 3.2 cases
Gwynedd: 3.2 cases
(All other areas have below the Wales average of 2.8 cases per 100k people)
Where the new cases of Covid-19 were reported today:
These are the key details for Wales.
- Deaths reported today: 0
- Cases reported today: 21
- Number of new tests: 5,979
- Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,589
- Deaths in Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate (ONS data): 2,544
The area of England that have the highest rate of cases to people is Oldham, which has a rate of 107.5 cases for every 100k people when the data was last published.
There were no new deaths reported by PHW in Wales on 13 occasions in July (July 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28) and seven times previously this month (on August 3, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18).
However, this does not necessarily mean no-one has 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 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.
Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales, 5,979 took place on Tuesday, August 18. However, the Welsh Government said this additional unused capacity would prove useful should Wales see any local spikes in cases.
The total number of tests carried out now stands at 487,223.
Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales
The latest figures were announced 24 hours after the Welsh Government published its ‘Coronavirus Control Plan’.
The plan outlines a series of measures the country will take should the prevalence of coronavirus increase in communities.
While its main focus is on preventing the spread of the virus, it also analyses what will be done should local or national outbreaks occur.
For instance, a community could be put into lockdown, or have certain freedoms reduced, if there is:
A significant and sustained rise in new cases and other disease indicators at a local or regional level;
A significant increase in the seven-day rolling average of confirmed cases per 100,000 population and sustained increase in the rate of change which is not under control;
A high and rising percentage of positive tests and testing rate per 100,000 population, in particular evidence of wider community transmission;
A rise in the numbers and locations of incidents (clusters with the potential for onward transmission) that cannot be linked to trends in known areas, locations or settings under control measures;
A rise in the number and proportion of new cases which are not part of an identified cluster or outbreak.
Potential interventions include:
Closing businesses and venues within the area;
Providing guidance or impose restrictions on movement of people;
Imposing restrictions on gatherings or events by limiting how many people can meet and in what settings;
Restricting transport systems by limiting when people may use transport.
The Welsh Government claims Wales would be “much better prepared” for the virus a second time round.
“We have learned a great deal from the imposition of national lockdown in Wales in early March, through to the careful and gradual reopening of our society and economy,” the report states.
“We are now in a very different situation to that in March, so our response can be more tailored and targeted.
“We are also learning from international experiences from those countries and regions that are seeing new outbreaks and how they are managing them.
“All of this should enable us to minimise the harms associated with a widespread and broad set of measures, such as those that were necessary in March.”
In response to the report, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “Coronavirus has not gone away, so it’s vital we continue to monitor, adapt and plan for any future outbreaks.
“We know that this virus prefers cold weather and, with autumn approaching, the plan sets out further steps we will take to keep Wales safe.
“We are placing a huge importance on prevention. By getting that stage right we can avoid further restrictions on our lives. None of us wants to see another lockdown like we saw in March this year.
“We have shown that, working with partners, we can efficiently and effectively manage small incidents and outbreaks – as we saw in Anglesey and Merthyr Tydfil.
“Our key message is that each person, businesses and organisation has their part to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus.”