The number of people in Welsh hospitals with Covid has risen again

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The number of people hospitalised with coronavirus in Wales has risen again. In the seven days to June 1 there were 43 admissions, but the latest figures show in the seven days to July 7, there were 125 admissions.

Like many respiratory viruses, coronavirus tends to have a higher prevalence in the winter months as people spend more time indoors. However, looking at the most recent data for hospital admissions for coronavirus cases in Wales, we are still seeing fairly high transmission rates in the summer months.

In May, we saw an increase in the number of people in hospital with coronavirus as a new variant - named FLiRT - began to circulate. Now at the end of June, it appears that cases still remain higher than usual.

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There is no testing regime for coronavirus in the UK anymore however people are tested for the virus if they present at hospital with symptoms. The more people being admitted to hospital with the virus can help us understand how much the virus is circulating in the community.

In the seven days up to July 7, 125 people were admitted to hospital with Covid, an increase on the week before where 110 people were admitted in the seven days leading up to June 30. Of these, in the seven days to July 7 there were 11 admissions to critical care, roughly the same number as the previous week.

In the months between March and April, weekly case admissions sat around the 20-30 mark. The increase in May saw weekly case admissions of around 50 patients, but in recent weeks that number has almost doubled.

Public Health Wales publishes weekly data relating to the number of coronavirus cases in Welsh hospitals. The cases are broken down into three categories that are all hospital-confirmed cases of coronavirus. The categories are community-acquired, hospital-acquired, and indeterminate acquisition. For the latest health and Covid news sign up to our newsletter here.

Where people have acquired coronavirus, in the week up to July 7, resulting in hospitalisation:

  • Community-acquired: 94 (up from 97)

  • Hospital-acquired: 141 (up from 115)

  • Unknown acquisition: 50 (up from 40)

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According to the NHS the following are the most common symptoms of Covid:

  • a high temperature or shivering/chills

  • a new continuous cough

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • shortness of breath

  • fatigue or exhaustion

  • aching body

  • a headache

  • sort throat

  • blocked or runny nose

  • loss of appetite

  • diarrhoea

  • feeling sick or being sick

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