Latest coronavirus update from the Welsh Government, dated yesterday, is:
· First Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) has set out the further details about the new national measures which will be introduced when the firebreak ends on November 9.
o In a statement to the Senedd, he confirmed a group of four people would be able to meet in indoor public spaces, such as pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.
o The hospitality sector will also introduce pre-booking, time slots and collect contact details to support the Test Trace Protect system.
o The 10pm curfew on alcohol sales will remain in place in Wales.
o The system will be reviewed after two weeks.
o The First Minister’s statement is available at: https://record.assembly.wales/Plenary/6616#A61801
· The Covid-19 risk assessment tool is available to download for a variety of workplace settings, including the NHS and education
o The self-assessment tool was developed by the Covid-19 BAME advisory group
o More information: https://gov.wales/covid-19-workforce-risk-assessment-tool
· A firebreak to break the cycle of infections and bring coronavirus under control began on Friday October 23 and ends on Monday November 9
· Frequently asked questions https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions
· Overview of the rules to follow (multiple languages) https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-guidance-summary
· Closure of businesses summary: https://gov.wales/closure-businesses-and-premises-coronavirus-covid-19
· Taxi and private hire vehicles guidance: https://gov.wales/taxi-and-private-hire-vehicle-guidance
· Further education and apprenticeships: https://gov.wales/further-education-and-apprenticeships-coronavirus-firebreak-guidance
· Childcare and play guidance: https://gov.wales/childcare-and-play-coronavirus-firebreak-guidance
· Exams and assessments: https://gov.wales/examinations-and-assessments-coronavirus
· Schools guidance: https://gov.wales/schools-coronavirus-firebreak-guidance
· Support for businesses: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/covid-19-support-business
Coronavirus in numbers
· The latest figures published by Public Health Wales today show there have been 1,119 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 54,456 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales since the start of the pandemic.
o Sadly, another four deaths were reported by Public Health Wales today. The total number of deaths reported by Public Health Wales is 1,895.
o These figures are updated daily at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary
· Public Health Wales has added a map to its surveillance dashboard showing the number of Covid-19 cases in small local areas. The map shows cases on a rolling seven-day or 21-day basis, or all cases since the start of the pandemic. It shows the number of cases and the rate per 100,000 people: 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 23 October.
o The cumulative number of deaths involving Covid-19 in Welsh residents up to 23 October was 2,806.
o Of the deaths registered in the week ending 23 October, there were provisionally 65 deaths involving Covid-19 in Welsh residents. This was 10% of all deaths and 18 more than the previous week. The number of weekly registered deaths involving Covid peaked in April.
o This is the sixth successive week the number of deaths have increased and they are at the highest level since mid-June.
o For the period 29 February to 23 October, there were a total of 2,418 excess deaths (12%) above the five-year average. The excess death rate for Wales for this period was lower than in England.
Where to find the latest information
· A firebreak to break the cycle of infections and bring coronavirus under control began on Friday October 23 and ends on Monday November 9. More information: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions
· 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 Dr Andrew Goodall, chief executive of NHS Wales held today’s press conference. You can watch again at: https://twitter.com/WelshGovernment/status/1323599344717606913