This is my first blog as interim Chief Statistician for Wales. Taking up the reins during the pandemic period has inevitably been challenging, with statistics and evidence being in such demand and so high profile.
On Friday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published two more articles on COVID-19 related mortality, expanding further on the critical range of analysis that they have been publishing to help us all better understand the nature and impact of this pandemic.
In my update of 23 March 2020, I outlined how we intended to review our forthcoming data collections, research activity and outputs in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been undertaken to prioritise the response to the current situation – both in terms of our own resources within Welsh Government, but importantly also those of our data providers who are delivering key front-line services across the health, social care and public service sectors. This note provides an update on our plans.
In this blog I wanted to help provide an understanding of the different sources of data on coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths in Wales. There has been much public scrutiny of these figures over the last week, and we have today published, for the first time, the overall number of deaths in care homes in Wales occurring over the period of the outbreak.
In October we announced that we were going to postpone the 2017-based subnational population and household projections. Our previous blog described the reasons why we made that decision, and a short note describing the challenges that we had with the work was also published.