Wales has no new coronavirus deaths for third time this week as cases pass 17,000
Wales has recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the third time this week.
Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed on Thursday, July 23, that the number of deaths with lab-confirmed Covid-19 since the outbreak began remains at 1,548.
There have now been no new deaths reported by the NHS trust on nine occasions this month (July 6, 10, 12, 13 and 16, 18, 20, 21 and 23).
However, this doesn't necessarily mean no-one died with the virus on those specific dates as it can take several days for a death to be logged officially.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the true death toll in Wales, where the virus was mentioned on a death certificate, was already 2,484 by July 10.
Meanwhile PHW said the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 43 to bring the total to 17,030.
Wrexham once again recorded the most new cases with nine, followed by Flintshire with six and Vale of Glamorgan and Powys both with four.
Torfaen had three cases, while Monmouthshire, Denbighshire, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot had two new cases. Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Carmarthenshire had one new case, and the rest had zero.
Despite testing capacity standing at 15,000 each day in Wales, just 4,213 was used on Wednesday, July 22.
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On Wednesday it was revealed that hundreds of people in Wales had been infected with Covid-19 while staying in hosptial.
PHW found that 1,172 people had "definitely" caught the virus after being admitted, with a further 612 "probably" getting it this way.
Of these 1,784 people, almost half (858) caught the virus in the space of just four weeks between March 30 and April 26.
Meanwhile, the Welsh Government announced a 2.8% pay rise for doctors and dentists in line with recommendations of a report by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB).
However, NHS staff say the announcement is "a slap in the face" to nurses, hospital porters, and domestic staff who are not involved in these negotiations.
Welsh nurses were offered a 6.5% pay-rise in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the NHS.