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Army boosts Welshpool testing numbers

Created on 18/05/2020 @ 15:06
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The Army has ramped up Covid-19 testing after it was confirmed that more were carried out in the past 24 hours than there were in the previous five days.

Powys has been slow at testing since Covid-19 was first reported in the county on March 11, with an average of just 11 tests a day being carried out during the first 60 days.

But this afternoon’s latest figures show that 107 tests were carried out in the last 24-hour period, courtesy of the troops who began their operation in Powys on Friday and were in Welshpool yesterday (pictured by Phil Blagg). Only three new positive cases have been recorded in Powys but the real number is expected to be far higher, and it will be interesting to see the numbers that come in over the coming days with the increase in tests.

A total of 1,106 tests have been carried out, and a positive rate of 22.1% is now published as opposed to approaching 30% of previous reports. This is expected to drastically fall as more widespread testing is done.

Across Wales there has been another fall in numbers, showing there hasn’t been a feared spike following the VE Day celebrations of 10 days ago.

Overall for Wales, there have been 101 new positive cases (12,404 total). Sadly, there have been 4 further deaths reported of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 or were suspected of having it (1,207 total – according to Public Health Wales). A total of 59,908 tests have been carried out.

We have still not been given figures for those who have recovered.

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