Wales’ daily coronavirus deaths and cases update for August 29

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in Wales for the second consecutive day, the latest figures show.

Public Health Wales (PHW), which records all lab-confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths, has published its latest daily update.

The number of new cases reported by PHW today (August 29) is 40.

This compares to 34 on Friday, 35 on Thursday, 34 on Wednesday, 28 on Tuesday, and 19 on Monday.

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These are the key details from Saturday’s release:

Deaths reported today: 0

Cases reported today: 40

Number of new tests: 5,039

Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 1,595

Deaths in Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate (latest ONS data): 2,551

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PHW said on Saturday the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 40 to bring the total in Wales since the pandemic began to 17,917.

Caerphilly had the highest number of new cases with eight reported. Cardiff saw the second-highest rise with seven new cases followed by Flintshire with four. Rhondda Cynon Taf, Powys, and Swansea all recorded three new cases of the virus.

Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Merthyr Tydfil all had two cases while Monmouthshire, Newport, Conwy, Wrexham, Vale of Glamorgan and Brigend all had one new case. All other local authorities reported no new cases.

These are the areas with the highest seven-day rolling averages for new cases – one of the key benchmarks watched by Public Health Wales. All figures are reported as cases adjusted for population (per 100,000 people):

Cardiff: 11.7

Merthyr Tydfil: 11.6

Caerphilly: 6.6

Pembrokeshire: 6.4

Wrexham: 5.9

Ceredigion: 5.5

Monmouthshire: 5.3

Flintshire: 5.1

(All other areas have below the Wales average of 4.8 cases per 100,000 people)

So-called “true” death figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which include deaths in all places and also when Covid-19 is suspected rather than confirmed, found that 2,551 had died with the virus in Wales registered up to August 14.

Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales, 5,039 tests took place on Friday, August 28.

WalesOnline – Cardiff