The First Minister has said that hundreds of people are likely to die in the third wave of coronavirus.

Speaking at the Welsh Government press conference Mark Drakeford, explained the latest modelling regarding the third wave.

Mr Drakeford has already said that Wales is in an "inevitable" third wave and that all that remains is to see how much it affects our lives.

At the press conference he said that Swansea University had conducted some modelling for what the third wave would mean for Wales in terms of deaths and hospitalsations. When questioned by WalesOnline, Mr Drakeford said: "In the most likely scenario the Swansea modelling says 900 admissions between June and the end of August and up to 200 deaths."

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This modelling comes as Wales reached 37 cases per 100,000, which was the rate see during the local lockdowns in September last year.

Mr Drakeford indicated that this third wave is likely to peak in August but that it is not fully understood how much the vaccine will help to reduce the risk of serious illness.

He said: "In previous waves there has always been a lag between infections in the community and an increase in hospitalisations and deaths. If this wave follows the same pattern, we can expect to see these peaking in August.

"What we don’t yet know is what impact our high rates of vaccination will have and how much the relationship between infections and hospitalisations has been weakened."

Mr Drakeford went on to say that hospital admissions do remain low at present with 15 people in Wales having been admitted with the Delta variant.

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He told the briefing: "The positivity rate is also continuing to rise. It now stands at 2.9% across Wales as a whole but it is as high as 7.2% in Flintshire.

"Fortunately, these numbers (hospital numbers) remain low at the moment, but we should be prepared to see them rise – just as they have in England and Scotland.

"We are about two to three weeks behind what is happening elsewhere in the UK – what’s happening elsewhere could give us valuable information about how the variant will behave in Wales.

"The latest figures show there are now more than 102,000 cases of the Delta variant in England – and rising.

"If we see similar growth, services will come under pressure once again in Wales."