Speaking at Welsh Government’s coronavirus press briefing on September 14, Health Minister Vaughan Gething revealed there had been an increase in the number of people aged in their 40s or 50s catching the virus.
What does ‘headline figure’ mean?
In recent weeks, Caerphilly Observer and other media have been reporting the headline figures from Public Health Wales.
For example, the headline figure released on Monday, September 14, saw 47 new positive tests reported.
This figure however is not entirely as it seems at first glance. It is the number of new cases PHW were aware of as of September 13 – the day before.
Even then, this figure is still not what you think it ought to be as it includes positive tests that may have occurred a few days prior, but that PHW were only made aware of on September 13.
The headline figure for Caerphilly County Borough for September 14 (which was published on September 13) is 47 new cases.
The latest spreadsheet containing the detailed data, which can be downloaded from the PHW stats website, actually shows no new cases for September 13, with only seven for September 12.
This is because the 47 cases were actually tested for a few days prior, but PHW only became aware of them on September 13. We will have a far more accurate reflection of what has been going on in the last few days over the course of the next week.
However, the figures do show the week up to September 13 saw 167 new cases of coronavirus in Caerphilly County Borough. The week prior to that (August 31 to September 6) saw 98. The week before that (August 24 to August 30) saw 46. There were just eight cases recorded between August 17 and August 23.
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