LATEST Public Health Wales data shows that 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Powys to 3,538 since the outbreak began.
The number of Powys residents who have died with coronavirus remains at 50, according to Public Health Wales. That number stands at 173 according to more accurate Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures.
Across Wales, 45 more people have died after contracting the virus, and there were 399 new cases.
Confirmed cases – 3,526
New cases in February 5 data – 12
Rate of new cases per 100,000 in week to January 29 – 98.9
Powys position among Welsh local authorities for rate of new cases – 17th out of 22
Why are figures lower in Powys?
Deaths of Powys residents can be skewed as many of the county’s patients deemed acute are transferred to hospitals in England.
Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures therefore are usually considered a stronger indicator of the overall impact of the virus, and which are based on all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. ONS figures stand at 173 in Powys.
Newly-confirmed cases day-by-day
Friday, February 5 – 12
Thursday, February 4 – 24
Wednesday, February 3 – 9
Tuesday, February 2 – 16
Monday, February 1 – 18
Sunday, January 31 – 13
Saturday, January 30 – 32
The national picture
A further 45 people have died in Wales, taking the total to 4,912. The total number of deaths in Wales involving Covid-19, however, stands at 5,877, according to the ONS.
There were 399 new cases reported, taking the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 194,924.
Around 490,570 people in Wales have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and 1,216 have had their second dose.
Public Health Wales statement
Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Although the data currently shows that on an all-Wales level the numbers of cases are reducing and that the incidence is now below 130 cases per 100,000 population, the rates in some areas – particularly in North Wales – are still at more than double that.
“The pressure on our hospitals is still severe, so it is extremely important that everyone sticks to the rules and stays at home as much as possible.”
“Multi-agency investigations have continued into the three cases of the South African variant of Coronavirus which were reported earlier this week, that were identified in Wales with no known travel history to the region or relevant contacts.
“The case on Anglesey has, following investigation, been linked back to international travel. Investigations continue into the remaining two cases.
“A total of 13 cases of the South Africa variant have been identified in Wales and on Wednesday 10 had been linked back to international travel. Today that number is 11.
“The vaccination programme, run by Welsh Government and the local health boards, is continuing at pace, with more than 400,000 people in the first four priority groups having now received their first vaccination.
“The UK variant of Coronavirus prevalent in many parts of Wales is up to 70 per cent more transmissible, and as reported recently there is evidence which suggests that it may lead to a higher risk of death than the non-variant.
“This is a crucial time. We must ensure that we stick to the rules over the next few weeks so that the number of cases continues to reduce and that hospitals can start to recover, while the vaccination programme is underway to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”