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Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 7 June 2020.

First published:
9 June 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

Read more information.

Update

The daily laboratory testing capacity currently stands at 9,506 and we will continue to increase this capacity over the coming weeks as we now move to mass population testing to support contact tracing.

On Thursday 4 June, Public Health Wales started to include a new series on tests by Welsh residents submitted through UK laboratories. This includes samples from COVID-19 drive-through testing centres in England and home testing kits. We will include these data in our weekly testing update to give a more accurate reflection of the number of tests being completed on people in Wales.

These figures have not been incorporated into any other outputs including the headline number of cases while we undertake work to further review this data and determine how this links with our existing data from tests undertaken in NHS laboratories in Wales.

Data correct as of 13:00, 7 June 2020
COVID-19 Results at 1pm
Lab capacity 9,506
Total number of negative cases to date 80,074
Total number of positive cases to date 14,438
Total number of individuals tested 94,512
Total number of tests completed in last 24 hours 3,263
New positive cases in last 24 hours 42
Total number of tests completed* 114,443

* This includes individuals tested more than once

Non-NHS Wales laboratory test conducted on Welsh residents

  Cumulative tests (at 5pm 7 June)
Total tests 13,687
Positive 493
Negative 12,591
Indeterminate* 603

*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?

Position as of 7 June 2020
Key worker Positive Negative Number of tests
Healthcare worker 6,186 18,326 24,512
Care home resident 1,158 16,446 17,604
Care home worker 1,155 20,797 21,952
Educational institution worker / resident 25 475 500
Emergency services worker 152 773 925
Hostel or supported worker / resident 41 544 585
Household member of essential worker 350 3,393 3,743
Other essential worker 360 2,764 3,124
Prison or detention centre worker / resident 41 137 178

Where is testing taking place?

Overview of the all Wales position as at 7 June 2020
Location Capacity Daily Cumulative % results within 1 day % results within 2 days % results within 3 days
Tested in hospital No limit specified - 43,041 62.4 90.8 96.2
Tested at coronavirus testing unit 2,100 - 51,244 48.2 85.0 95.7
Tested at drive-through centres* 2,474 - 21,654 52.6 93.1 98.2

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.

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