Latest coronavirus update from the Welsh Government (dated today, Wednesday) is:
Covid-19 vaccine has been given the go-ahead and its roll-out across Wales will
start next week, the Health Minister has announced today.
o The Medicines and
Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now authorised the Oxford
AstraZeneca vaccine as safe and effective on the basis of detailed independent
expert review of evidence from large scale clinical trials.
o The UK Government has
procured vaccines on behalf of the four nations and around 100m of these are of
the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, with Wales receiving its allocation based on
population over the next weeks and months.
o Questions about Covid-19 vaccines https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/
Minister Vaughan Gething has provided an update about the latest coronavirus
situation in Wales as the Senedd was today recalled to discuss the UK-EU trade
figures published by Public Health Wales today show there have been 2,281 newly
reported cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 146,706 confirmed cases of
coronavirus in Wales since the start of the pandemic.
o Sadly, there were 13
further deaths reported by Public Health Wales today. The total number of
deaths reported by Public Health Wales is 3,429.
o These figures are updated daily at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary
for National Statistics (ONS) has today published statistics on provisional
weekly deaths, including deaths involving Covid-19, for the week ending 18
o The cumulative number
of deaths involving Covid-19 in Welsh residents up to 18 December was 4,479.
o Of the deaths
registered in the week ending 18 December, there were provisionally 256 deaths
involving Covid-19, 33 more than the previous week. Numbers are now at a
similar level to early May.
o There were a total of
3,593 (14%) excess deaths between 29 February and 18 December above the
o ONS figures are
different to those reported by Public Health Wales as they include all reported
Where to find the latest information
about the new national measures in place in Wales is available at: https://gov.wales/alert-level-4
Health Wales provides a daily update about the number of cases of coronavirus
in Wales. It is available at: https://covid19-phwstatement.nhs.wales/
about Covid-19 vaccines? Visit: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/
about support for businesses is available at the Business Wales website https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/
Government holds a regular media briefing about coronavirus. These are
on-the-record, on-camera and supported by a BSL interpreter. These are held at
12.15pm and live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel.
o The next press briefing
will be held on January 4, 2021.