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The TRUE number of cases recorded each day in Wales for the past week


Wales has more than doubled its weekly number of coronavirus infections after adding 11,000 cases missed due to an IT bottleneck.

Welsh health chiefs had reported only 9,069 positive tests in the past seven days, suggesting the nation's outbreak is slowing.

However, with today's update, which aims to pinpoint exactly when missing cases occurred, the overall increase jumped 55 percent after computer maintenance started over the weekend masked the true extent of the virus resurgence.

Officials said anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 after IT work started on December 11th received their result and was told to self-isolate.

Public Health Wales (PHW) said the "very large backlog" occurred because the IT update added the "flow" of positive cases identified by Lighthouse Laboratories to the official list, which it took days to return to be turned on.

The Welsh shadow health minister today beat the Labor government for "renewed excitement" over the missed cases, accusing them of "clearly losing control of the virus in Wales".

"That loss of control can only be compounded by today's news of another data mix-up," he said. "Given the concerns of health professionals, an investigation into this fiasco should be initiated."

Confusion erupted in Wales yesterday after Prime Minister of Labor Mark Drakeford broke with Britain's approach to festive easing of restrictions to legislate that only two households should be allowed to mix instead of three.

He also announced that Wales will face a third lockdown from December 28th. In addition to pubs and restaurants, fitness studios and shops that are not absolutely essential must be closed.

Wales currently has the highest weekly infection rate for any nation in the UK – 425 per 100,000 people for the week ending December 12th. The First Minister – who would have known about the lack of infections yesterday when he announced the dramatic break from the UK -wide approach – claims one in five people tests positive.

In Wales, the total number of Covid-19 cases reported last week has doubled after 11,000 infections were added to the numbers following an IT update (dark blue).

Conservative Andrew Davies said this was another "mind-boggling problem" after it was revealed that 11,000 coronavirus cases were missed on the official list

Mark Drakeford said today that Wales would be suspended again once any rule easing ends over Christmas

Conservative Andrew Davies said this was another "mind-boggling problem" after it was revealed that 11,000 coronavirus cases were missed on the official list. The first Welsh Minister, Mark Drakeford, caused confusion yesterday when he announced that Wales would not follow the UK approach over the Christmas period

WALES PUTS DOWN FOR THIRD PARTY AFTER CHRISTMAS

Wales is rolling out stricter Christmas meeting rules and will be suspended for the third time on December 28th after the coronavirus escalated "past the crisis point".

In a dramatic break with the UK approach, the Labor-led administration in Wales will change the law so that only two households can mix instead of three.

First Minister Mark Drakeford also said the nation would return to lockdown once the five-day rule easing is over by Christmas.

Wales currently has the highest infection rate in the UK – 425 per 100,000 people – with eight of the top ten areas affected.

Mr Drakeford said one in five people in Wales test positive for the virus while more than 2,100 are hospitalized with symptoms. A record 98 are in intensive care.

Wales didn't end a 17-day lockdown until November 8.

Mr Drakeford said new action was needed because the situation had become "so serious". He stressed that the "continued surge in the coronavirus" meant the country would apply its third lockdown starting Monday, December 28.

Shops and fitness studios that are not absolutely necessary close earlier – on Christmas Eve – while all restaurants, pubs and bars close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m. Starting December 28, stricter rules will limit the mix of households, travel and vacation rentals.

The dashboard update found that most cases were added to the total on December 14, where they increased 94 percent after including 2,501 positive swabs.

The second largest was on December 13, when the numbers rose 92 percent after adding another 2,229 positive cases.

The last three days of data were not included above as it can take this long for a swab to be analyzed by a lab to determine if someone has the virus.

Mr Davies held the feet of the Welsh Government in front of the fire for dealing with the pandemic and slammed them for another "cock-up" to supplement the 13,000 mistakenly sent shielding letters and the September data breach that resulted in 18,000 positive test results on a public PHW server & # 39 ;.

& # 39; PHW calls this latest mess "significant underreporting"; I call this a major sub-statement that denies the real scope of the problem, ”he said.

Plaid Cymru health spokesman Rhun ap lorwerth has also reached out to Welsh ministers, telling BBC Radio 4's Today program that the bug "raises questions about the way data is analyzed".

"This is a serious part of the numbers that are being added to the grand total today," he said.

"It again raises questions about the interaction between what is controlled in Wales and Lighthouse Laboratories, and it is one of those things that trusts what is happening and the data that is presented to us."

“I have to say when the First Minister announced yesterday that there would be tightening of restrictions on the 28th and I could see the numbers for what they were. One wondered why not stepping up support for the hardest hit areas now, but that brings a new bias to it. & # 39;

PHW said they had been aware for days that maintenance of the NHS Welsh Laboratory's (WLIMS) information management system had resulted in many positive cases being overlooked on their daily list. This is part of the reason no cases were recorded on Sunday.

A spokesman told MailOnline that they had informed the Welsh government that their December 11th case numbers were "tentative" due to the update.

A press release announcing the maintenance released on December 11th said, "After this downtime, there will be a period of reconciliation and validation that will affect our daily reporting numbers for a few days."

Wales will update its numbers at noon to include the 11,000 cases that were previously overlooked.

Mr Drakeford went out of his way to explain the missing cases today, insisting that they were "no" due to a computer problem.

"This was a planned upgrade of the computer system," he told BBC Breakfast. & # 39; None of the data is missing, everyone who tested positive in Wales was told that everything was uploaded last week.

"But the numbers show how serious the position has become here in Wales and underline why we made the decisions yesterday, both before Christmas and at Christmas and when Christmas is over."

HOW THE NUMBERS ONCE WALES CHANGED 11,000 COVID-19 CASES

Cases by sample date yesterday

Cases by sample date today after 11,000 have been added

15th December

December 14th

13th December

12th of December

11th December

10th of December

9th of December

559

2.501

2.229

1,831

2,296

1,940

76

+ 99%

+ 94%

+ 92%

+ 88%

+ 83%

+ 73%

+ 3%

Shops and fitness studios that are not absolutely necessary close earlier - on Christmas Eve - while all restaurants, pubs and bars close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m. Starting December 28, stricter rules will limit the mix of households, travel and vacation rentals

Shops and fitness studios that are not absolutely necessary close earlier – on Christmas Eve – while all restaurants, pubs and bars close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m. Starting December 28, stricter rules will limit the mix of households, travel and vacation rentals

Questions and Answers: HOW WALES MISSED 11,000 COVID CASES FROM ITS OFFICIAL TALLY

WHAT WENT WRONG?

A spokesman for Public Health Wales (PHW) said maintaining the computer system meant shutting down "data flows" from multiple sources.

This included the number of positive cases from Lighthouse Laboratories that were not added to the official daily list.

They said they had been aware of the problem for days and had informed the ministers.

How many people were affected?

It is believed that up to 11,000 positive cases identified as of December 11th have been missed on the Welsh Covid-19 list.

But anyone who tested positive during that period was still informed of their results and asked to self-isolate, officials say.

HAVE YOU MADE A SIMILAR MISTAKE BEFORE?

An error in the Excel spreadsheet in October meant Public Health England had missed 16,000 coronavirus cases off the UK balance sheet.

Officials admitted this caused a delay in tracking contacts of people who tested positive for the virus, allowing many to step onto the main street after exposure – and possibly spreading it.

PHE said at the time that those who tested positive were informed.

WHAT OTHER COCK-UPS HAVE MADE THE LABOR GOVERNMENT OF WALES?

The Welsh government had to apologize after sending the letters of defense to the wrong addresses for 13,000 people most susceptible to coronavirus.

The letters contained information and advice, including how to obtain medicines and food for those who have no one else to assist them.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he apologized for the mistake at the time and confirmed that letters had been resent "so people should get them within the next day or two".

In August, PHW released the details of 18,000 positive coronavirus cases after the table was mistakenly uploaded to a public server.

In most cases, initials, date of birth, geographic area and gender were given. And for those in nursing homes or assisted living, the name of their place of residence has also been included.

PHW said it was triggered by "individual human error" and the risk of identification is low.

This isn't the first time PHW botched its coronavirus data handling after mistakenly disclosing the details of more than 18,000 people who tested positive for the virus.

And in April it was revealed that Welsh health bosses had sent 13,000 letters of protection to the wrong addresses for those most susceptible to the virus.

Public Health England also botched its numbers after 16,000 cases were removed from the official UK balance sheet in October due to an error in the Excel spreadsheet. Up to 30,000 positive tests had to be removed from the UK in July after PHE admitted it double counted its numbers.

Mr Drakeford caused confusion yesterday, tightened the rules for the Christmas relaxation time and declared a third lockdown for December 28th.

He said yesterday the decision was triggered by "a sustained surge in coronavirus cases" in Wales.

"The situation we are facing is extremely serious," he said. "We need to reach fourth alert and tighten restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus and save lives."

Mr Drakeford was aware that the official list did not include all identified positive coronavirus cases, a PHW spokesman said.

Yesterday it was announced that 29 people had died from coronavirus in Wales, a 7 percent decrease from last Wednesday when 31 people succumbed to the virus.

Another 530 cases have been announced, although the total number of cases is expected to increase significantly today as the country's numbers are updated.

The details of more than 18,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus were posted online by PHW for 20 hours on August 30.

In most cases, initials, date of birth, geographic area and gender were given. The information for nursing home residents or residents of assisted living also included the name of their place of residence.

PHW said the incident was triggered by "individual human error" when the information was uploaded to a public server that could be viewed by anyone using its website.

They said the risk of identification for the cases was low, but those who lived in a nursing home or assisted living facility were at greater risk of being identified.

In April, it was revealed that the Welsh government had sent 13,000 letters to the wrong addresses for those most severely affected by the virus.

The chief medical officer's letters contained information and advice, including how to get medicines and other essentials like groceries for those who have no one else to assist them.

Those who are eligible for the letters are also eligible for priority delivery slots from supermarkets.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he apologized for the mistake at the time and confirmed that letters had been resent "so people should get them within the next day or two".

The Information Commissioner's Office said it was investigating the data breach after the Welsh NHS contacted the regulator.

The final lockdown in Wales, a 17-day fire break, ended on November 8th.

The latest numbers for the country show an additional 2,100 people are hospitalized with the virus and a record 98 in intensive care.

Matthew Jones, clinical director of emergency care at Prince of Wales Hospital, told ITV that ambulances are lining up outside with patients.

He said, "With the ambulances out there is a strong argument that we are beyond the crisis – that this is not safe."

A number of mistakes in the soon-defunct Public Health England

5th October: Excel sees error 16,000 positive tests were missing off UK tally

Another fiasco at Public Health England missed 16,000 cases from the UK list after reaching the maximum number of cells in an Excel spreadsheet, simply truncating any cases beyond that.

The tech disaster meant the agency masked the moment when the total number of announced cases in the UK topped 11,000 and gave the false impression that the curfew after 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. was gradually lowering infections.

PHE is responsible for collecting data on positive cases, deaths and tests in England and updating the UK coronavirus dashboard with accurate numbers.

Experts said it was "important" that any numbers given in connection with the coronavirus outbreak are accurate and reliable.

August 14th: As many as 1.3 million coronavirus tests have been removed by the government after "overcount"

Officials had to admit that they overcounted coronavirus tests in August, losing 1.3 million of their daily total.

They admitted that the adjustment was due to "more accurate data collection" with report testing for pillar two and a "subsequent recalibration" of data reported between March 29 and August 11.

3rd of July: Counting problem see 30,000 positive cases of coronavirus were counted twice in totals

Public Health England double counted 30,000 positive test results in its statistics, it was announced in July.

The fiasco was only discovered when the agency changed its methodology for reporting cases after finding duplicates between Pillar 1 – tests in hospitals and medical facilities – and Pillar 2 – for those performed in the community.

Experts said the way various organizations had collected data created "widespread confusion," and the revelation meant that the numbers released at press conferences were consistently incorrect.

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