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Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 24 May 2020.

First published:
26 May 2020
Last updated:

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:

  1. to reduce the harm caused by coronavirus
  2. 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.

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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
  • transport
  • utilities, communication and financial services workers
  • key public service workers

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The daily testing capacity at the laboratory remains at 5,330. Mass drive-through testing centres are now fully operational in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Abercynon, Carmarthen and Llandudno, and 8 mobile testing units are also operating across Wales. Details of the local referral arrangements for booking tests through these facilities (including contact details) are published on the Welsh Government website.

Anyone in Wales who has symptoms (a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of smell or taste) is now eligible to apply for a home testing kit through the new UK public testing website. Critical workers in Wales can also now access home testing kits through a separate UK key worker testing website.

Testing is now available to members of the public but critical workers will continue be prioritised according to daily capacity. Further detail is published on the Welsh Government website. These websites will be extended for members of the public and critical workers to book slots for testing at mass drive-through testing centres, mobile testing units and community testing units in Wales. In the meantime, critical workers can book slots at these facilities through the local referral arrangements in place.

Local arrangements for testing care home residents and staff are in place as detailed on our website. We are working on a website booking system for care homes, in the meantime they can contact their local health board to arrange testing.


Data correct as of 13:00, 24 May 2020
COVID-19 Results at 1pm
Lab capacity 5,330
Total number of negative cases to date 49,438
Total number of positive cases to date 13,415
Total number of individuals tested 62,853
Total number of tests completed in last 24 hours 3,079
New positive cases in last 24 hours 106
Total number of tests completed* 74,690

* This includes individuals tested more than once

Who has been tested?

Position as of 24 May 2020
Key worker Positive Negative Number of tests
Healthcare worker 5,944 16,225 22,169
Care home resident 988 6,389 7,353
Care home worker 955 8,129 9,117
Educational institution worker / resident 22 370 392
Emergency services worker 147 642 789
Hostel or supported worker / resident 32 350 382
Household member of essential worker 314 2,721 3,035
Other essential worker 332 2,012 2,344
Prison or detention centre worker / resident 40 109 149

Where is testing taking place?

Overview of the all Wales position as at 24 May 2020
Location Capacity Daily Cumulative % results within 1 day % results within 2 days % results within 3 days
Tested in hospital No limit specified - 38,306 60.3 90.1 95.9
Tested at coronavirus testing unit 2,000 - 27,628 58.4 92.7 98.4
Tested at drive-through centres* 1,440 - 11,038 61.0 95.6 99.0

The results performance shown is not an end to end figure and only measure from the point a sample is received in a lab to the time that the result is authorised. 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.

Read more detailed statistics about testing in Wales.