Wales suffers most deadly week of entire coronavirus pandemic – Wales Online
Wales suffered the most deadly week since the pandemic began at the beginning of 2021.
There were 454 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the first week of this year – an increase from 310 deaths registered the week before.
New data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the second wave reached its peak during the first week of January and recorded more registered deaths than of any week during the first wave of the pandemic. There have only been two other weeks where the figure has reached more than 400.
On the week ending April 24 last year there were 413 deaths registered as involving Covid-19 in Wales while the week before that there were 409 deaths registered involving Covid-19.
The data shows that deaths in Wales due to Covid-19 have been on the rise since the week ending October, which was the first week to see more than 100 deaths registered due to coronavirus since the week ending June 5.
This chart shows the deaths involving Covid-19 in Wales. It starts from the week ending March 20, 2020, and runs up to the week ending January 8, 2021:
These numbers indicate when a death was registered rather than occurred and should be viewed with caution due to an effect on deaths being registered over the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Bank Holidays.
However we know from Public Health Wales data that Wales’ deadliest day during the pandemic happened earlier this month on January 1 where 55 people were reported to have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.
Data released by the ONS that shows when a death occurred indicates that at least 338 deaths occurred in the week between January 1 and January 8 based on registrations recorded by January 16. This figure will likely increase as more deaths that occurred that week are registered.
The last time more than 338 deaths involving Covi-19 occurred in Wales was between April 17 and April 24 when 345 people died involving Covid.
Antibody data revealing an estimate of the number of people who have had coronavirus in Wales was also released by the ONS on Tuesday.
It showed that an estimated one in 10 people in Wales would have tested positive for antibodies against the virus on a blood test in December, which suggests they had the infection in the past.
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It takes between two and three weeks for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the infection but once a person recovers antibodies remain in the blood at low levels, although these levels can decline over time to the point that tests can no longer detect them.
Analysis by the ONS shows that in December 2020 an estimated 9.8% of the population in Wales would have tested positive for antibodies.
This is lower than the estimation in England, where it is estimated that around one in eight people would have tested positive for antibodies in December.
In Scotland it is estimated that that figure would be around one in 11 and in Northern Ireland the same figure would be around one in 13.