Covid infections in Wales rise for fifth week in a row
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Covid infections in Wales have increased for the fifth successive week, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics
The weekly infection survey for the seven days ending 30 June, estimated 149,700 people had Covid, an increase of over 40% from the previous week, equating to 4.93% of the population or around 1 in 20 people.
On Wednesday the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Sir Frank Atherton had urged people to continue to take measure to protect themselves from the virus as cases continue to surge fuelled by omicron subtypes BA.4 and BA.5.
BA.5 is now the dominant form of coronavirus across Wales.
The weekly survey released last Friday reported a 55% increase in the number of infections in Wales.
Health Minister Eluned Morgan also confirmed the increase in cases in the community has led to an increase in the number of people being admitted to and treated in hospital for Covid-19.
The latest available information shows there are now more than 960 Covid-19-related patients in Welsh hospitals and there has also been an increase in the number of people with Covid-19 being treated in critical care.
A large number of NHS staff are currently off work because they have Covid-19.
In a written statement to the Senedd, the minister said:
"The NHS has been working incredibly hard to provide planned care for people across Wales and to reduce waiting times, which had built up over the course of the pandemic."
“This task becomes more difficult when pandemic pressures increase.
Some hospitals have taken the difficult decision to restrict visiting to prevent coronavirus from spreading among patients and staff; others are asking all visitors to wear face coverings.
“We are not making face coverings mandatory in health and care settings , but I would encourage everyone to wear one if they are visiting a healthcare setting and I would also ask people to consider wearing a face covering in crowded indoor public places, while cases of coronavirus are currently high.”
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