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Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 26 April 2020.

First published:
28 April 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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Last week, the daily testing capacity at the laboratory increased to 1,800.  Work to increase this capacity will continue and we expect to significantly add to this number over the coming weeks.

There will also be additional testing to protect the most vulnerable in our society.  We will now be testing anyone leaving hospital and heading to a care home, even if they are not showing any symptoms.  If an individual tests positive for Covid-19 prior to discharge from hospital to a care home their ongoing care will be provided by the health board in a step down facility. They won’t return to the care home until they test negative.

The Cardiff City and Newport testing site has started testing non-health key workers, including fire, police, prison officers and care home workers in the South East Wales area. They are linked to the UK wide testing programme operated by Deloitte.  Swansea Bay also have a testing unit at a sports field just off the M4 outside Neath Port Talbot. Our aim is to have a network of these sites, where people can travel to be tested within 30 minutes of their homes.

Please be reassured that the Welsh Government is working closely with our partners in NHS Wales and social services across the country to implement our planned response in a measured and considered way.

Data correct as of 13:00, 26 April 2020
COVID-19 Results at 1pm
Lab capacity 1,800
Total number of negative cases to date 19,439
Total number of positive cases to date 9,280
Total number of individuals tested 28,719
Total number of tests completed in last 24 hours 1,250
New positive cases in last 24 hours 203
Total number of tests completed* 33,257

* This includes individuals tested more than once

Who has been tested?

Position as of 26 April 2020
Key worker Positive Negative Number of tests
Healthcare worker 4,718 8,688 13,406
Care home resident 121 170 291
Care home worker 217 238 455
Educational institution worker / resident 2 13 15
Emergency services worker 61 165 226
Hostel or supported worker / resident 15 37 52
Household member of essential worker 66 365 431
Other essential worker 185 416 601
Prison or detention centre worker / resident 15 25 40


Where is testing taking place?

Overview of the all Wales position as at 26 April 2020
Location Capacity Daily Cumulative % results within 1 day % results within 2 days % results within 3 days
Tested in hospital No limit specified - 19,210 57.4 90.2 97.7
Tested at coronavirus testing unit No limit specified - 12,787 65.2 96.8 99.3
Tested at drive-through centres* No limit specified - 3,358 74 99.5 99.5

*Due to the way some tests are currently recorded, this also includes a number of Occupational Health referrals.

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.