Latest coronavirus updates from the Welsh Government, dated yesterday, are:
· A new fund of more than £1m to help Wales’ unpaid carers cope with the financial pressures of COVID-19 has been announced today by the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services.
o Open to carers across Wales, the Carers Support Fund will see grants of up to £300 made available for a range of essentials, including; food, household items such as furniture or white goods, or electronics such as a laptop for access to support and services.
o A public consultation about a new national plan for carers, setting out how Welsh Government’s proposes to work with a range of partners to strengthen its priorities to better reflect every aspect of a carers’ life has also been published.
· A quick guide to changes to benefits appointment, assessments and claims: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-changes-benefits-appointment-assessments-and-claims
· Updated guidance which explains who is exempt from the requirement to self-isolate (quarantine) if travelling to Wales from overseas https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html
Coronavirus in numbers
· The latest figures published by Public Health Wales today show there have been 1,148 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 37,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales since the start of the pandemic.
o Sadly, another 10 deaths were reported by Public Health Wales today. The total number of deaths reported by Public Health Wales is 1,722.
o These figures are updated daily at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary
· The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today published statistics on provisional weekly deaths, including deaths involving COVID-19, for the week ending 9 October.
o The cumulative number of deaths involving COVID-19 in Welsh residents up to 9 October was 2,671.
o Of the deaths registered in the week ending 9 October, there were provisionally 37 deaths involving COVID-19 – this was 12 more than the previous week. This is the fourth successive week numbers have increased.
o The numbers reported by ONS are different from those from Public Health Wales because of different reporting methods and timing.
Where to find the latest information
· Information about local restrictions in Bangor, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly borough, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Llanelli, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham areas: https://gov.wales/local-lockdown
· Public Health Wales provides a daily update about the number of cases of coronavirus in Wales. It is available at: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/
· Information about support for businesses is available at 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
· The Welsh Government holds a regular media briefing about coronavirus. These are on-the-record, on-camera and supported by a BSL translator. These are held at 12.15pm and live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel.
o Economy Minister Ken Skates held today’s press conference. You can watch again at: https://twitter.com/WelshGovernment/status/1318511230923939840