The true number of deaths of people with Covid-19 is two thirds higher than is being reported daily by Public Health Wales, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest.

Weekly data published by the ONS includes deaths in care homes, hospices and at homes that are not included in the daily figures put out by the Welsh Government.

In the most recent figures which only cover the year up to April 25, the figures from the ONS show that there had been 1,016 deaths in Wales where Covid-19 was recorded on the death certificate.

That is 60% higher than the total of 632 deaths reported on the same day by Public Health Wales in its daily update of lab-confirmed deaths in hospitals.

Today, Tuesday, April 28, Public Health Wales reported the lab-confirmed death toll had reached 817. Yet the true figure is likely to be more than 1,300.

The fuller figures from ONS for the year to April 25 include 227 deaths in care homes that were not included in the Public Health Wales daily data at that stage.

They include

58 deaths with Covid-19 at home 716 deaths in hospitals 227 deaths in care homes 5 deaths in hospices 9 deaths in other settings

Doctors are able to include Covid-19 on a death certificate even if it has not been confirmed in a laboratory if they believe it is relevant to an understanding of the patient’s symptoms when they died.

Merthyr Tydfil saw the biggest proportion of deaths taking place in care homes, with 14 out of 28, or 50%.

Overall, Covid-19 was a factor in 9% of deaths that occurred across Wales up to April 17, although the figure stood at 16.6% of deaths (or 166 out of 1,002) in Cardiff.

Across Wales, for deaths registered in the week ending April 17, 409 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, up from 304 the week before.

That represented more than a third (35%) of all deaths registered in the region in that week.

This map shows where coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded until April 17

Covid 19 wales death locations

Where the deaths were recorded

Council Total Deaths per 100k people Weekly increase Isle of Anglesey 2 2.86 1 Gwynedd 22 17.71 10 Conwy 11 9.84 5 Denbighshire 18 18.88 9 Flintshire 0 44 2 Wrexham 11 8.08 8 Ceredigion 4 5.48 0 Pembrokeshire 10 7.99 3 Carmarthenshire 24 12.8 10 Swansea 67 27.8 41 Neath Port Talbot 32 22.39 18 Bridgend 37 27.54 15 Vale of Glamorgan 44 33.29 19 Cardiff 138 37.88 62 Rhondda Cynon Taf 103 42.9 39 Caerphilly 80 44.19 34 Blaenau Gwent 33 47.33 17 Torfaen 37 39.76 9 Monmouthshire 29 30.8 12 Newport 72 46.96 23 Powys 27 20.38 16 Merthyr Tydfil 24 39.87 12

Of those, 3,069 people died in care homes, and 14,796 peopled died in acute or community hospital wards.Across the UK, 19,112 Covid-19 deaths have been registered from December 28 to April 17.

In Wales, Cardiff is the local authority with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases (1,609) and the highest number of deaths at 138.

Of those who have died in the capital with Covid-19, 56 were in care homes, 14 people were at home and 65 in hospital.

But in Newport, where there is the highest number of cases per 100,000 people, 72 deaths have been recorded, with eight of those in care homes.

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The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Wales per week

The number of coronavirus deaths registered in different parts of Wales:

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Total deaths: 109

Deaths in care homes: 17

Deaths at home: 5

Deaths in hospices: 0

Deaths in hospital: 87

Other: 0

Powys Teaching Health Board

Total deaths: 27

Deaths in care homes: 9

Deaths at home: 1

Deaths in hospices: 0

Deaths in hospital: 16

Other: 1

Hywel Da University Health Board

Total deaths: 38

Deaths in care homes: 8

Deaths at home: 6

Deaths in hospices: 0

Deaths in hospital: 24

Other: 0

Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Total deaths: 251

Deaths in care homes: 33

Deaths at home: 8

Deaths in hospices: 0

Deaths in hospital: 209

Other: 1

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Total deaths: 182

Deaths in care homes: 57

Deaths at home: 18

Deaths in hospices: 5

Deaths in hospital: 102

Other: 0

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Total deaths: 169

Deaths in care homes: 50

Deaths at home: 10

Deaths in hospices: 5

Deaths in hospital: 103

Other: 1

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Total deaths: 100

Deaths in care homes: 10

Deaths at home: 1

Deaths in hospices: 1

Deaths in hospital: 81

Other: 7


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