Public Health Wales to reduce coronavirus data updates

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Wales Public Health Covid Dashboard

Public Health Wales has announced that it is making changes to the way it publishes information on its website and data dashboard.

From February 19, coronavirus data will be published on its dashboard on weekdays only, as will headline numbers reported on social media, reflecting what PHW calls a return to “business as usual” operations at the moment. Wales.

The Public Health Wales Dashboard is designed as a rapid reporting tool to provide the best and most up-to-date information, which is subject to continuous data reconciliation.

The updated information released was correct the day before, but now the headlines released on Tuesday will include 72 hours of data.

The dashboard has been available throughout the pandemic in mobile and desktop format collating information on confirmed cases, tests, vaccinations and deaths across Wales.

In addition to headline summaries, the site breaks down figures by local authority areas, mid-tier super exit areas, deaths recorded by ONS and PHW, cases in schools, admissions to hospital and hospital-acquired cases, as well as 111 and GP interactions.

“As per usual”

Dr Chris Williams, consultant epidemiologist for Public Health Wales, said: “As Public Health Wales returns to more ‘business as usual’ operations, we are aligning our coronavirus data dashboard further with reports from routine of other communicable diseases.

“Our monitoring team will retain the ability to revert to more frequent reporting if needed.”

In January, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced that from February 18 the legal requirement to present a Covid pass to enter certain places and events would be lifted, and that from February 28 face coverings should no longer be worn in indoor public places, with the exception of retail establishments. , public transport and health and care establishments.

He said if public health conditions continued to improve, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in all remaining settings could also be lifted by the end of March.

Speaking in January, he said: “With increasing numbers of people vaccinated and boosted and thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone across Wales, we are confident that coronavirus rates are coming down and we can look forward to better times to come”,

Official coronavirus statistics for Wales are published by the Office for National Statistics.

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