Yesterday's coronvirus updates from the Welsh Givernment are:
- Health Minister Vaughan Gething has issued guidance to the meat and food processing sector in Wales to help prevent outbreaks of coronavirus. The guidance will also help manage outbreaks where they do occur.
- It was developed in partnership with key agencies and unions and follows two outbreaks in North Wales and an incident in South Wales.
- More information: https://gov.wales/written-statement-guidance-meat-processing-and-food-production-plants and https://gov.wales/new-coronavirus-guidance-meat-and-food-plants-published
- Latest statement by Public Health Wales: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/
- First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced a start-up grant to support new businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirus.
- The fund will be worth £5m initially with flexibility for the future. It will support start-up firms, which fall outside the UK Government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) as they only began trading in 2019.
- Applications for this grant will open on 29 June, at the same time as phase two of the Economic Resilience Fund opens to applications.
- Watch the First Minister’s press conference: https://twitter.com/WelshGovernment/status/1276476840413036544
- A £1m fund will be available this financial year to make it easier for people to access local government services online.
- Aimed at helping local authorities to improve public services through digital technology, the Local Government Digital Transformation Fund was established in 2018 but has been repurposed during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure bids that respond to the current situation are given priority
- The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism has published a written statement about the creative industries https://gov.wales/written-statement-creative-industries
- The Office for National Statistics has published an article about its analysis of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales by occupation.
- Among women, four specific occupations had raised rates of death involving COVID-19, including sales and retail assistants (15.7 deaths per 100,000 women, or 64 deaths).
- Because of the higher number of deaths among men, 17 specific occupations were found to have raised rates of death involving COVID-19, some of which included taxi drivers and chauffeurs (65.3 deaths per 100,000; 134 deaths); bus and coach drivers (44.2 deaths per 100,000; 53 deaths); chefs (56.8 deaths per 100,000; 49 deaths); and sales and retail assistants (34.2 deaths per 100,000; 43 deaths).
- The article is available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/bulletins/coronaviruscovid19relateddeathsbyoccupationenglandandwales/deathsregisteredbetween9marchand25may2020
- Public Health Wales has today confirmed 65 new cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number to 15,531, although the actual number will be higher.
o Sadly, there were two further deaths of people with confirmed coronavirus reported by Public Health Wales today, the total number of deaths reported by Public Health Wales remains at 1,497 – this is the same as Thursday following further verification of the data.
Where to find the latest information
- Public Health Wales provides a daily update about the number of cases of coronavirus in Wales. It is available at: https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/
- Information about coronavirus is available on the Welsh Government’s website at https://gov.wales/coronavirus and https://llyw.cymru/coronafeirws
- Queries about support for businesses, including about eligibility for the Economic Resilience Fund? Visit the Business Wales website https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/
- If you can help the effort to produce PPE in Wales please visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/provision-critical-equipment-and-personal-protection-equipment-ppe
- Want to know when and where to wear a face mask? https://gov.wales/face-coverings-frequently-asked-questions
- Want to make your own face covering? https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-06/how-to-make-a-3-layer-face-covering.pdf
- The Welsh Government holds a daily media briefing about coronavirus. These are on-the-record, on-camera and routinely supported by a BSL translator. They will be held at 12.30pm every week day. They are live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel and are broadcast live on BBC One Wales and S4C.
- First Minister Mark Drakeford held today’s press conference – you can watch again at: https://twitter.com/WelshGovernment/status/1276476840413036544