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Covid-19 in Wales: What do the stats tell us?

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lily9889 · 21 days ago
Covid-19 in Wales: What do the stats tell us? What can different statistics tell us about coronavirus in Wales so far? We seem to be bombarded with different measures, but what do they mean and how does Wales compare with other parts of the UK? Here, we try to answer some of the questions and explain what the different measures are and also give some of the most recent figures. The south Wales valleys are currently dominating for highest case rates. Merthyr Tydfil, with 719.4 cases per 100,000 people in the past week, has by far the highest rate in Wales and was the hardest-hit area in the UK in the previous 24 hours. There have been 434 actual cases over the past seven days and a positivity rate of just under a third of all test results. Cefncoed-y-Cymmer, Gellideg and Gurnos districts have the highest local case rates. Seven local areas in Wales are now above the 20% positivity rate, which is nearly the Welsh average. The World Health Organization has recommended the positivity proportion of tests should be no more than 5% before areas come out of restrictions. Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) also has a case rate of more than 556 per 100,000, reporting 1,343 new positive tests in the past week. There has also been an outbreak linked to hospital infections at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. But there are also hotspots across the county - there have been 69 cases in Abercynon and 61 cases in the past week in Penrhiwceiber. Their case rates are above 1,000 per 100,000 and are among the highest in Wales. RCT has 10, and Merthyr five, of the hardest-hit 25 hotspot local areas in Wales. Blaenau Gwent has seen its case rate rise again to 509.6 cases per 100,000, with Sirhowy having the highest local case rate in Wales, currently 1,088 per 100,000 - involving 77 cases. Cardiff is now below 300, having stabilised after the fall in student cases. There are 16 cases a day on average among Cardiff University students in this period, less than half the levels a week ago. Wrexham has also seen a sharper rise in cases over recent weeks than neighbouring areas, but its case rate had stabilised a little before rising again, with just above 287 cases per 100,000. Both Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are showing rises above 350 cases per 100,000. Swansea's local case rate in Brynmill (1,021 per 100,000) - the fourth highest in Wales - has been swelled by student cases in recent days. Carmarthenshire is now 171 cases per 100,000 and the lowest case rates in Wales remain in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, while Gwynedd's case rate is now falling. You can follow the details of this story here. : slotxo

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