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.[5] The first known case of community transmission was reported on 11 March in the Caerphilly area.[6]

COVID-19 pandemic in Wales
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseCaerphilly
Arrival date28 February 2020
(1 year, 6 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases301,276[1][note 1][2] (up to 10 September 2021)
Hospitalised cases
  • 159[2] (active, as of 2 August 2021)
  • 32,672[2] (total, up to 2 August 2021)
Ventilator cases21[2] (active, as of 2 August 2021)
Recoveredno data[3]
  • 5,721[4][2] (deaths within 28 days of positive test, up to 9 September 2021)
  • 8,050[2] (deaths with COVID-19 on the death certificate by date of death, up to 9 September 2021)
Fatality rate
  • 178.1[2] (death rate per 100,000 who died within 28 days of the first positive test)
  • 250.3[2] (death rate per 100,000 whose death certificate mentioned COVID-19)
Government website

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.[7][8] 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.