Seven more people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus, it has been confirmed.
It means the overall number of deaths with lab-confirmed Covid-19 since the outbreak began has risen to 1,578.
Six of the seven new deaths were reported in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which covers Anglesey, Gywnedd, Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire. The other was reported in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
The seven deaths reported in Wales on Friday represent the highest daily death figures in a single day since nine deaths were recorded on June 25.
There were no new deaths reported by Public Health Wales on 13 occasions in July (July 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28) and once this month on August 3.
However this doesn’t necessarily mean no-one died with the virus on those specific dates as it can take several days for a death to be logged officially.
So-called “true” death figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which include deaths in all places and when coronavirus is only suspected, found that 2,503 had died with coronavirus in Wales up to July 24.
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Meanwhile PHW said on Friday that the number of lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Wales had increased by 17 to bring the total to 17,406.
Wrexham and Flintshire both recorded the most positive cases with three, followed by Denbighshire, Cardiff, and Ceredigion with two. Anglesey, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, and RCT had one new case while all other local authorities had no new cases.
Despite testing capacity standing at more than 15,000 each day in Wales just 5,019 took place on Thursday, August 6. However, the Welsh Government said this additional unused capacity would prove useful should Wales see any local spikes in cases.
Where the new cases of Covid-19 were reported today
Cumulative number of deaths reported in Wales
The latest figures were released following confirmation from First Minister Mark Drakeford that swimming pools, fitness studios, gyms and leisure centres will re-open on Monday.
Children’s play centres can also re-open but areas which are not easy to clean, such as ball pits, must remain shut.
The Welsh Government said businesses have a legal obligation to minimise the risk of coronavirus and has strengthened powers local authorities have to enforce these requirements.
They include ensuring people maintain a two-metre distance where possible, installing screens, using face coverings, and improving hygiene.
Mr Drakeford said: “For the small minority of individuals and businesses who are not complying with the law I want to make it clear that we will take action and we won’t hesitate to close individual premises if that is necessary.
“Local authorities are being given enhanced powers to intervene and to respond more effectively to complaints including those reported to the Wales TUC and its affiliated unions.”
On Saturday nurses will be taking to the streets to demand a pay rise in recognition of their tireless efforts both before and during the pandemic.
Thousands of staff, with support from members of the public, are set to take part in a series of protests and marches across the UK from 11am.
Simultaneous demonstrations will be held in Cardiff, Swansea, and Merthyr and led by nurses from across south Wales who have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Many claim they are tired of being undervalued, overworked, and underpaid in their jobs and deserve a salary boost to reflect their ever-growing responsibility.
Jessica Bamford, a staff nurse from Port Talbot, said: “We are professionals with degree-level qualifications. We work in busy, demanding jobs with huge responsibilities. All we ask for is fair pay for what we do.
“And we’re not just doing this for nurses. We’re doing it for healthcare support workers, for the Welsh Ambulance Service, for porters and more.
“We have felt like this for the past decade after years of pay freezes and being excluded from increments. Covid has just been the driving force for nurses to fight for this much-needed pay rise.”