Covid-19: Five more deaths as calls reiterated for independent inquiry

Thursday 2nd September 2021 10:25 am
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Russell George MS has reiterated the need for a Wales-specific, independent inquiry

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A further five deaths have been recorded today – all in North Wales – according to official Covid-19 data.

2,275 new cases have been recorded in Wales today, taking the rate of infection nationwide to 411.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Five deaths have been recorded, taking the total number of suspected Covid-19 deaths in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 5,682.

All of the deaths recorded today have been in the Betsi Cadwaldar region of North Wales, which has to date recorded 986 deaths from the virus.

Hywel Dda, which covers Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, has recorded 490 deaths from the virus with 67 being recorded in Powys.

The Office for National Statistics puts the total number of Covid-19 related fatalities much higher however.

The ONS collected data from every death certificate that mentions coronavirus and puts the death toll in Betsi Cadwaladr at 1,441.

The ONS says that 754 deaths mentioning Covid-19 have been recorded in Hywel Dda and 272 in Powys Health Board’s region.

Of the 2,275 new cases recorded in Wales today, 38 were recorded in Ceredigion, with 165 in Carmarthenshire and 86 in Pembrokeshire.

Powys recorded 66 new cases with Gwynedd recording 62.

The latest figures have led Shadow Health Minister and Montgomeryshire MS, Russell George, to reiterate calls for a Wales-specific public inquiry into the pandemic.

Mr George said: “It is incredibly sad to see this number reached in Wales, and there will be many more thousands of people mourning the loss of loved ones to this dreadful disease.

“Delivering justice to these people is an essential part of grieving these deaths and moving on from the pandemic. The best way to do this is through an independent, public inquiry.

“Sadly, unlike British and Scottish ministers, those in Wales have not realised this. Despite having the highest death rate in the UK, Mark Drakeford is blind to the need for an inquiry so we can have answers to his decisions from firebreak lockdowns to school closures to care home procedures.

“The Welsh Labour Government cannot exercise such wide-ranging powers without accepting the accountability that must come alongside it. If it accepts that principle, it can accept an inquiry.”

Over two million people in Wales are now fully vaccinated according to the latest data from Public Health Wales.

Across Wales, 2,355,999 have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 2,183,656 are fully vaccinated.

In Hywel Dda as of 1 September, 558,694 first and second doses have been administered, 4,515 in the last seven days.

In Carmarthenshire (population 188,771) 134,486 first doses have been given (71.2 per cent) and 124,083 second doses (65.7 per cent).

In Ceredigion (population 72,695) 53,169 first doses have now been given (73.1 per cent) and 49,555 second doses (68.2 per cent).

In Pembrokeshire (population 125,818) 93,595 first does have been given (73.8 per cent) and 87,247 second doses (69.3 per cent).

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