People living in Cardiff are over 17 times more likely to die from coronavirus than people in Ceredigion, according to the most recent numbers.
Cardiff has the highest death rate per person when also accounting for the age of the area, according to the latest numbers by the Chief Statistician for Wales.
The figures are calculated using data from the Office of National Statistics, and show that 124.5 in every 100,000 people have died in Cardiff from Covid-19 when accounting for age. differences.
This is in comparison to Ceredigion – again, when factoring in the differences in the age of the population of the county – where only 7.2 people have died per 100,000. This means that you are nearly 17.3 times less likely to die in Ceredigion having caught the virus.
And even the people of Anglesey, who have the second lowest rate of coronavirus deaths in Wales, are nearly 4 times as likely to die from Covid-19 – despite them living on an island.
New “life-saving drug” unveiled
It comes as Boris Johnson unveiled a low-cost, low-dose steroid that has been described as a “life-saving drug” in the fight against coronavirus.
Researchers at Oxford University say that Dexamethasone cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut the risk of death by a fifth.
The researchers say that up to 5,000 lives could have been saved had medical staff known about the drug at the start of the pandemic.
And the cheap cost of the drug could be of massive benefit to poorer countries who are currently struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It costs £35 to save a life.”
Chief investigator Prof Peter Horby said: “This is the only drug so far that has been shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly. It’s a major breakthrough.”
And lead researcher Prof Martin Landray said: “The treatment is up to 10 days of dexamethasone and it costs about £5 per patient.
“So essentially it costs £35 to save a life.”
This is the most important trial result for COVID-19 so far. Significiant reduction in mortality in those requiring oxygen or ventilation from a widely available, safe and well known drug. Many thanks to those who took part and made it happen. It will save lives around the world. https://t.co/zRIaHulHOe
— Professor Chris Whitty (@CMO_England) June 16, 2020