Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 21 June 2020.
The Welsh Government is leading a consortium of stakeholders within Wales to deliver our national plan for COVID-19 testing. Details of the plan which has been in place since 28 March.
Our national testing plan has two main aims:
- to reduce the harm caused by coronavirus
- to help the public and professionals get back to their normal daily lives
On 15 April, the Health Minister commissioned a rapid review of the testing regime to identify where improvements could and should be made. These are all recommendations of a review ordered by the Health Minister following concerns that not enough tests were being carried out under the current system.
Who gets tested
Our current phase of activity of the testing plan is focussed on our critical workers, symptomatic patients in hospital and care homes.
In Wales, there are 483,000 critical workers; this includes 168,500 Healthcare workers, 9,900 police and prison staff. The broad categories of Critical Workers includes:
- health and social care workers
- public safety (emergency workers) and national security workers
- local and national government workers
- education and childcare workers
- food and other necessary goods
- utilities, communication and financial services workers
- key public service workers
The daily laboratory testing capacity currently stands at 12,562 and we will continue to increase this capacity over the coming weeks as we now move to mass population testing to support contact tracing.
The weekly position is as follows:
|Total number of negative cases to date||107,648|
|Total number of positive cases to date||15,197|
|Total number of individuals tested||122,845|
|Total number of tests completed in previous 7 days||17,271|
|New positive cases in previous 7 days||393|
|Total number of tests completed*||154,206|
* This includes individuals tested more than once
Non-NHS Wales laboratory test conducted on Welsh residents
|Cumulative tests (at 5pm 21 June)|
*An indeterminate test result means that the laboratory could not obtain a valid result from the swab sample and so were unable to determine whether SARS-CoV-2 virus was present. This may occur because of a number of technical reasons. Following an indeterminate result, it is recommended that the individual be retested.
Who has been tested?
|Key worker||Positive||Negative||Number of tests|
|Care home resident||1,250||25,191||26,441|
|Care home worker||1,250||34,162||35,412|
|Educational institution worker / resident||25||632||657|
|Emergency services worker||153||873||1,026|
|Hostel or supported worker / resident||49||900||949|
|Household member of essential worker||385||3,932||4,317|
|Other essential worker||424||3,435||3,859|
|Prison or detention centre worker / resident||42||154||196|
Where is testing taking place?
|Location||Capacity||Cumulative||% results within 1 day||% results within 2 days||% results within 3 days|
|Tested in hospital||No limit specified||51,428||64.8||91.1||96.4|
|Tested at coronavirus testing unit||1,884||74,861||43.6||78.8||91.7|
|Tested at drive-through centres*||6,741||33,085||44.7||86.7||96.1|
The results performance shown is not an end to end figure and only measure from the date a sample is recorded as being collected to the time that the result is authorised in the central PHW laboratories. It does not indicate how long it takes for an individual to receive their result from point of testing. This information will be provided when the Testing referral app is available.