Wales: COVID19 infections continues to decline in last week of August


For the fifth consecutive week, COVID19 infections are estimated to have fallen in Wales. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) organized a weekly swab survey which shows that around 45 people are estimated to have had Covid infection in the latest week.

In the week ending 16 August, around 65,500 people in Wales had Covid, which is equal to 2.15 per cent of the population. Compared to the last weekly estimate, the COVID19 infection affected around 72,600 people.


In August, the Covid infections have been falling after a rise in May and June. Since the summer of 2020, Office for National Statistics (ONS) has organized a weekly swab survey which includes thousands of households across Wales. The affected people are now being sent test kits by post.

Test kits have become an essential tool to measure the level of infections, leading to no mass testing at the end of the month of March.

Apart from London, East Midlands, South Wales and the East, Infections are estimated to be lower in Wales than in Scotland, England, and all English regions.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated infections involve forty-five people in England, forty in Scotland and seventy in Northern Ireland.

According to daily estimates, infections in Wales are highest in people in their early 70s and lowest in young children. Around 91 per cent of patients testing positive for Covid are being treated for another condition, and hospital numbers are still falling.

Meanwhile, the number of patients hospitalized and on beds due to COVID19 infections in Wales also continues to fall. On average, 350 a day over the past week – down 5 per cent last week and a fall of 43 per cent from a month ago.


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