Latest coronavirus update from the Welsh Government (dated yesterday) is:
· The Welsh Government has delivered its key promises to the people of Wales in the face of one of the most difficult periods of government in modern history, First Minister Mark Drakeford said today: https://gov.wales/we-have-and-will-continue-to-deliver-for-wales-first-minister
· Health Minister Vaughan Gething has published a written statement about how student nurses are deployed: https://gov.wales/written-statement-student-nurse-deployment-wales
· Childcare and play at alert level four – frequently asked questions: https://gov.wales/childcare-and-play-alert-level-4-frequently-asked-questions
· From February, schools and colleges, including special schools and alternative provision and childcare and play settings will have access to rapid-result tests for staff to conduct twice weekly testing at home to help identify people carrying the virus without displaying symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission.
o Asymptomatic testing in schools – guidance: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-asymptomatic-testing-schools-and-colleges
· Wales’ vaccination programme – weekly updates: https://gov.wales/covid-19-vaccination-programme-weekly-updates
· Technical Advisory Group: Consensus Statement on Testing in the Context of Vaccination Associated with Care Homes: https://gov.wales/technical-advisory-group-consensus-statement-testing-context-vaccination-associated-care-homes
Coronavirus in numbers
· The latest figures published by Public Health Wales today show there have been 351 newly reported cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 197,021 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales since the start of the pandemic.
o Very sadly, there were 10 deaths reported by Public Health Wales today. The total number of deaths reported by Public Health Wales is 5,011.
o These figures are updated daily at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary
· The number of people who have received a Covid vaccine in Wales is being published every weekday by Public Health Wales.
o The latest figures show 628,760 people have received their first dose
o And 3,491 people have received two doses of the vaccine
· The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today published statistics on provisional weekly deaths, including deaths involving Covid-19, for the week ending 29 January 2021.
o The cumulative number of deaths involving Covid-19 in Welsh residents was 6,843.
o Of the deaths registered in the week ending 29 January, there were provisionally 361 deaths involving Covid-19. This was 86 fewer than the previous week. The number of registered deaths involving Covid has declined for two successive weeks.
o Unlike Wales, the number of deaths involving Covid increased in England for the most recent week.
o For the period 29 February 2020 to 29 January 2021, there were a total of 5,302 excess deaths (18%) above the five-year average.
o The excess death rate for Wales for this period was lower than in England.
o ONS figures are different to those recorded by Public Health Wales as they record all deaths in all settings.
What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus
· The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change in smell or taste.
· If you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, you must self-isolate at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started.
· Guidance about self-isolating: https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus
o Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
o You should arrange to have a test to see if you have coronavirus once you are self-isolating. You can book a test at https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test
o You should continue to isolate while waiting for a test result.
question about what to do if you’ve got coronavirus? Visit https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus
Where to find the latest information
· Information about the new national measures in place in Wales is available at: https://gov.wales/alert-level-4
· Questions about Covid-19 vaccines? Visit: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/ and https://gov.wales/vaccine-coronavirus
· Want to join Wales’ vaccination team? https://gov.wales/join-covid-19-vaccination-team
· Information about support for businesses is available at the Business Wales website https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/
· The Welsh 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, broadcast on BBC One Wales and live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel.