COVID-19 pandemic in Wales
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Wales on 28 February 2020, with a case being reported in the Swansea area; this first known case was a person who had recently returned from Italy. The first known case of community transmission was reported on 11 March in the Caerphilly area.
|COVID-19 pandemic in Wales|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, China|
|Arrival date||28 February 2020 |
(1 year, 6 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
|Confirmed cases||301,276 (up to 10 September 2021)|
|Ventilator cases||21 (active, as of 2 August 2021)|
Health care in Wales is a devolved matter, as it is in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with all three governments having their own systems of publicly funded healthcare. The UK Government is responsible for health care in England, however, and over the course of the pandemic has made many announcements using the words 'nationally' or 'UK', whereas in fact they related only to England. As a result of each country having different policies, procedures and priorities, a variety of differences exist between these systems. There is a Conservative Government in Westminster, and a Labour led Government in Cardiff; this ideological divide might contribute to variances in approach. In general, and compared to other nations with similar population, the death toll in Wales is much higher, with over 2,500 in Wales, compared to 889 in Jamaica and 298 in Norway. Compared to England, however, the number of deaths per 100,000 population is marginally lower.