Delta variant (VOC-21APR-02) numbers rise to 488 cases in Wales
The number of new cases of Delta variant (21-APR-02) has risen to 488 according to new figures published yesterday by Public Health Wales. This is a rise of 173 cases since the last update given on 14 June. Case numbers are expected to rise further over the coming weeks as Delta variant is easier to catch than the previously dominant Alpha variant.
Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Coronavirus response at Public Health Wales, yesterday said:
“We understand people may be concerned at the rise in cases but there is much we can do to protect ourselves and others. It’s so important to take up the offer of both vaccines when you receive it, as the latest evidence shows that Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are both effective against the Delta variant after two doses.
“We are all very familiar with social distancing by now, but, by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing our hands regularly, and wearing a face covering we can keep ourselves and our friends and family safe. The virus disperses in well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.
“If you develop any symptoms, you must self-isolate and get a test if you or anyone in your household develop symptoms.”
There is a Q&A on the Delta Variant (VOC-21APR-02) on the Public Health Wales website (FAQs: the Delta (VOC-21APR-02) Coronavirus variant – Public Health Wales (nhs.wales))
The numbers of variant cases in Wales are reported on the Public Health Wales surveillance dashboard at 12pm on Monday and Thursday.
Public Health Wales is not currently reporting variants by health board, but can confirm that all health boards in Wales have reported cases. As part of improvements to our surveillance, we are looking at reporting by health board area as part of routine reporting on our surveillance dashboard.
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