On 4 March 2022 Together for a safer future: Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic was published. This plan explains that the link between COVID-19 infection, serious illness, hospitalisation and death has been weakened significantly. This means we can begin to move beyond the emergency response to the pandemic and plan a future in which we gradually transition to living safely with coronavirus, just as we live with many other infectious diseases.Continue reading
Later this week we’ll publish the latest monthly statistics on NHS activity and performance. Interest in these statistics has increased over the last two years, given the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic. This blog aims to provide more context to its key concepts so that our statistics are widely understood and used appropriately.Continue reading
The pandemic has made us think differently about the kinds of analysis we produce, with many of our regular statistical publications changing to reflect new circumstances or topics of interest. In just one example of this, we’ve published new analysis this week looking at the impact on learners in post-16 education.Continue reading
Last week, Wales, along with other UK nations, announced that if you have a positive lateral flow test result, you no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test. This type of policy change can have a knock-on impact on COVID-19 data. This blog aims to explain these changes and gives advice on interpreting data over the coming days and weeks.Continue reading
The National Survey for Wales is the main social survey carried out by Welsh Government and its partners. It involves around 12,000 people across Wales each year, and in normal times it’s based on interviewing people in their homes. The survey covers many different topics, from health and the NHS to schools, council services, and views about the local area.Continue reading
It is impossible to ignore the changes we have experienced over the last 18 months and the different light the pandemic has shone on what contributes to the wellbeing of Wales. As a result, we’re looking at whether this experience has highlighted any gaps in the way we measure progress towards our wellbeing goals.Continue reading
After what has been a difficult year, the vaccination roll-out will no doubt be a ray of hope for many. This brings with it a huge amount of interest in the progress of the roll-out, with many people wanting to know when they or their loved ones might receive their vaccination (if they haven’t already). In this blog, written jointly by epidemiologists in Public Health Wales and statisticians in the Welsh Government, we want to set out what you can expect to see from vaccination data over the coming weeks and months.Continue reading
Our spring 2021 statistical publications on post-16 education during 2019/20 will be different from previous years. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on many aspects of our society, not least education. Learning was disrupted following the lockdown back in March and the summer examination series was cancelled. These major changes affect our reporting and we want your feedback on our proposed approach.