‘Urgent explanation needed’ over 84 newly-reported coronavirus deaths in the north of Wales
An opposition politician has expressed “alarm” at the fact that 84 new deaths with coronavirus between 20 March and 22 April have been reported.
The newly-reported deaths are backdated and from the Betsi Cadwaladr NHS area which covers the north of Wales.
Today’s latest update from Public Health Wales confirmed 110 new deaths in Wales with coronavirus – taking the total number to 751.
Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian said it is “alarming” that only now are the public made aware of the “significant” number of Covid-19 related deaths in the north of Wales.
The Plaid Cymru AM said an “urgent explanation” was needed from the health board, Public Health Wales and Welsh Government as to why there has been “a month of under-reporting”.
“It is alarming that only now are we made aware of a significant number of deaths within Betsi Cadwaladr,” she said.
“We need an urgent explanation from the health board, Public Health Wales and Welsh Government as to why there has been a month of under-reporting.
“A full picture of the outbreak is essential to maintain public confidence and to inform ministers on crucial decisions such as any easing of the lockdown.”
In Wales, the highest number of deaths with coronavirus have been in the Aneurin Bevan Health Board covering Gwent, where 213 have died.
157 people have died in the Cardiff and Vale health board area, and 148 have died in the area covered by Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board.
In the Swansea Bay health board area 131 people have died.
There are no published figures for Hywel Dda and Powys health boards in order to protect the identity of those who have died due to the figures being small, Public Health Wales said.
Public Health Wales only release Covid-19 deaths they are formally told about, so the real death toll is expected to be higher, but may not be confirmed for some weeks.