December 2, 2020

Live coronavirus updates as health minister Vaughan Gething to give Welsh Government briefing – WalesOnline

Health minister Vaughan Gething is to give the Welsh Government briefing today (November 13).

Follow along here for live updates from 12.15pm.

It comes as the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals in Wales is higher than ever before, including during the peak of the pandemic.

Latest figures show 1,529 beds are occupied with suspected, confirmed or recovering coronavirus patients – 20% of all patients in hospital. They include 983 beds occupied with Covid-19 patients who have been confirmed to be currently battling the disease.

However, the number of patients in critical care or on ventilators with coronavirus has only reached 40% of the levels at the height of the first wave.

On Thursday, the UK recorded its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

Another 33,470 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the 24 hours before 9am on Thursday, according to the latest Government figures.

A further 563 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus.

In Wales alone, 867 more people were diagnosed with Covid-19 following a lab test. NHS Wales confirmed that 34 more people had lost their lives with the virus to take the country’s death toll to 2,142.

Wales as a whole now averages 175.6 cases of the virus per 100,000 people.

Live updates throughout the day here: