Newport has recorded another 70 new positive cases of coronavirus, according to the latest figures from Public Health Wales published on Friday, January 15
Across Wales, another 54 people have died with coronavirus and 1,808 new cases of the virus have been recorded, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 177,864.
The overall death total with lab-confirmed coronavirus now stands at 4,171 in Wales.
Following the latest figures, the Wales infection rate is now 371.6 cases per 100,000 people based on the seven days up to January 10. That is a decrease on the 389.5 previously reported.
The infection rate for Newport is currently 422.2 cases per 100,000 people. This is a decrease from the 433.2 previously reported.
PHW data also shows 126,375 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as at 10pm on Thursday, January 14. That is an increase of 13,402 on the figure reported the day before.
There are 129 people who have received both of their vaccine jabs, up from 121 on Thursday.
The percentage of tests producing positive results in the week to January 9 is now 18.8%, a fall on the 30% positivity recorded over the Christmas period. Locally, the areas with the highest positivity are Wrexham with 28.8%, Bridgend with 23.7% and Flintshire with 23%.
These figures are based on the date tests were done, not the date test results were included on the system. The data is correct up to 9am on January 14.
Deaths reported today: 54
Cases reported today: 1,808
Number of tests carried out: 18,970 (up from 15,511)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 4,171
Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 126,375
Total number of people who have received a two dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 129
Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 867.9 cases per 100,000 population, a drop from 922.4 on Thursday.
Flintshire has risen through the ranks and has the second highest rate with 624 cases per 100,000, down from 641.9 the day before.
Bridgend is third with 523.6 per 100,000 population, down from 572.6.
Cardiff had the highest number of new cases on Friday with 172, followed by Wrexham with 157, Flintshire with 137, RCT with 131, Bridgend with 129, Carmarthenshire with 123, Swansea with 104 and Caerphilly with 101.
Neath Port Talbot had 79, Newport had 70, Denbighshire had 60, Vale of Glamorgan had 52, Torfaen and Powys had 50 and Gwynedd had 45.
Meanwhile Pembrokeshire had 40, Merthyr Tydfil had 38, Conwy had 35, Blaenau Gwent had 32, Monmouthshire had 31, Ceredigion had 26 and Anglesey had 15.
Cases per 100,000 for rolling seven days (January 4 to January 10)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 422.2 (down from 433.2)
Caerphilly: 346.3 (down from 367.3)
Blaenau Gwent: 323.5 (down from 360.7)
Torfaen: 438.5 (down from 474.7)
Monmouthshire: 277 (down from 289.7)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 867.9 (down from 922.4)
Flintshire: 624 (down from 641.9)
Denbighshire: 426.4 (down from 431.6)
Conwy: 207.3 (down from 219.3)
Gwynedd: 171 (down from 176.6)
Anglesey: 151.3 (down from 175.6)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 347.8 (down from 363)
Vale of Glamorgan: 378.8 (down from 403.5)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 492.3 (down from 497.3)
Bridgend: 523.6 (down from 572.6)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 394.6 (down from 412.8)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 308.3 (down from 309.9)
Ceredigion: 156.8 (down from 173.3)
Pembrokeshire: 241.6 (down from 256.7)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 199.3 (down from 206.9)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 334.2 (down from 363.5)
Swansea: 279.8 (up from 278.6)
Wales total – 371.6 (down from389.5)
On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford set out new laws that supermarkets, shops and workplaces must now adhere to in the fight against coronavirus
Businesses who employ five people or more in Wales will have to carry out a specific coronavirus risk assessment under new legislation, and guidance that was in place for retailers to follow is now being made law. Retailers must now:
Mr Drakeford said: “Strengthening the rules in retail and workplaces will help us to continue slowing the course of this terrible virus.”
All of Wales is now in full lockdown at alert level four which means that:
- People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- People must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with
- Many types of businesses are required to close.
The level four restrictions apply to the whole of Wales and will continue until January 29 when they will be reviewed again. Read what needs to happen for restrictions to be eased in Wales here.
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On Monday Health Minister Vaughan Gething laid out three key targets for the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines across Wales
The three milestones set out in Wales’ vaccine rollout plan are:
By mid-February: all care home residents and staff, frontline health and social care staff, everyone over 70 and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered vaccination. This is 740,350 people.
By the spring (which starts on March 20): vaccination will have been offered to all the other phase one priority groups. This is everyone over 50 and everyone who is at-risk because they have an underlying health condition. This is 924,900 people.
By the autumn: vaccination will have been offered to all other eligible adults in Wales, in line with any guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This is 1,098,100 people.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The number of positive coronavirus cases remains extremely high in Wales and is cause for serious concern, due to the impact on NHS Wales services.
“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We ask that the public adopts the same mindset for this lockdown as they did in March 2020. We understand that people are fatigued but because the new, more infectious variant of coronavirus is circulating across Wales it is vital that we all keep to the lockdown restrictions and not to meet other people.
“This means stay at home. If exercising outdoors, please do this alone or with members of your household or support bubble only. Shop online, but if you do need to visit essential retail then do this alone, if possible, to minimise numbers of people in retail spaces, and avoid stopping to chat with people outside your household. If you must leave home keep your distance, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face mask when required according to the regulations.
“Public Health Wales urges everyone to follow the rules, to avoid transmission of coronavirus and to protect everyone in our communities, including the most vulnerable.
“Public Health Wales is working with UK partners to investigate and respond to the new variant of coronavirus identified in Wales. The new variant is easier to spread and the public should remain highly vigilant in measures to prevent transmission including maintaining social distancing, regularly hand washing and wearing of face coverings. Though the new variant is more infectious, there is no evidence that it leads to more severe disease.”
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