As the Welsh economy gets back to normal following the fire-break lockdown and people experience more freedom, Covid-19 is still circulating in communities across Wales and hospitalisations are increasing.
The latest figures published by the Welsh Government, covering the seven days preceding November 17, reveal that 82 people a day were admitted to hospital with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infection, on average.
The data also reveals that the total number of beds occupied in Welsh hospitals by Covid-19-related patients has been increasing since the end of September and is now exceeding the level of hospitalisations seen at the peak of the first wave in April, 2020.
As of November 17, 1,654 beds in Welsh hospitals were occupied by coronavirus-related patients, an increase of 125 patients on the same day in the previous week, and representing 21% of all hospital admissions in Wales.
The number of patients with a confirmed case of Covid-19 on November 17 was 1,032, exceeding the level seen at the first peak in April.
However, the number of patients in invasive-ventilated beds (being supplied with oxygen through a tube inserted into the windpipe) decreased in the seven days prior to November 17 compared to the previous week and, at 63 patients, is far below the April peak of 164.
Swansea Bay and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Local Health Boards have the highest number of patients in invasive-ventilated beds and both have high numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases in acute settings also.
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Other health board areas, such as the Hywel Dda University Local Health Board, have low numbers of coronavirus hospitalisations compared to larger health boards but are seeing a similar proportion of beds in use – with 847 of their 997 acute beds occupied (85%).
In the Swansea Bay area, 87% of the health board’s 1,288 general and acute beds are occupied.
The total number of people who have died with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales, as of November 19, is 2,307.
We’ve broken down the figures to show you which health boards in Wales have the highest numbers of hospitalisations and numbers of patients in invasive-ventilated beds:
Number of Covid-19 patients in invasive-ventilated beds
The health board name is followed by the number of Covid-19 patients in invasive-ventilated beds, followed, in brackets, by the bed capacity and the overall number of those beds occupied.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg – 17 (bed capacity 39 / occupied 23)
Swansea Bay – 17 (bed capacity 44 / occupied 35)
Aneurin Bevan – 14 (bed capacity 24 / occupied 17)
Cardiff and Vale – 8 (bed capacity 87 / occupied 43)
Betsi Cadwaladr – 4 (bed capacity 43 / occupied 30)
Hywel Dda – 3 (bed capacity 29 / occupied 18)
Powys and Velindre University NHS Trust both have no confirmed Covid-19 patients in invasive-ventilated beds.
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Number of Covid-19 patients in general and acute beds
The health board name is followed by the number of Covid-19 patients in general and acute beds, followed, in brackets, by the bed capacity and the overall number of those beds occupied.
Aneurin Bevan – 436 (bed capacity 2,147 / occupied 1,294)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg – 434 (bed capacity 1,353 / occupied 1,240)
Swansea Bay – 289 (bed capacity 1,288 / occupied 1,126)
Cardiff and Vale – 159 (bed capacity 1,619 / occupied 1,309)
Betsi Cadwaladr – 159 (bed capacity 1,951 / occupied 1,661)
Hywel Dda – 110 (bed capacity 997 / occupied 847)
Powys – 15 (bed capacity 158 / occupied 126)
Velindre – 0 (bed capacity 22 / occupied 15)