Six deaths from people with confirmed Covid-19 have been reported in Wales in the latest daily update from Public Health Wales, despite the all-Wales infection rate continuing to fall.
Daily deaths have remained low for the last three months and the six new deaths reported on Wednesday are the most in a single update since April 5.
Public Health Wales (PHW) reported 588 new cases have been identified in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday which brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 239,295. The total number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test has now reached 5,603.
The infection rate in Wales now stands at 156.9 cases per 100,000 based on the seven days leading up to July 23, down from 164.4 the day before. Wales’ infection rate has now fallen steadily over the last week from a peak of more than 200 cases for every 100k people in the preceding week.
Most of Wales’ local authorities are reporting more than 100 positive cases per 100,000 people although nearly all areas have seen a drop in rates on Wednesday. The figures are based on the date a test was done, not the date a test was put on the system, meaning it is an accurate reflection of how fast the virus is spreading in Wales.
The dominant strain of the virus now in circulation in Wales is the Delta variant. In the last week, all recorded cases of the virus in Wales were Delta, with no cases of the Alpha (Kent) variant identified.
The area with the highest infection rate in Wales is Denbighshire with 423.2 cases per 100,000 people followed by Conwy with 318.3 cases per 100,000.
The percentage of tests now coming back positive across Wales is 10.8%, compared to 11% reported yesterday, though some areas are seeing higher figures. Denbighshire had 17.1% of tests returning a positive result.
The areas with the highest number of cases in the last 24 hours are Cardiff with 61 new cases, followed by Conwy with 52, Flintshire with 43 and Denbighshire with 40.
As of July 26, there were 178 people in general and acute hospital beds with confirmed (137), suspected (24) and recovering (17) cases of coronavirus.
As of July 26, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board had the most amount of people in hospital related to Covid with 49 followed by Aneurin Bevan UHB with 38, Cwm Taf Morgannwg with 32 and Cardiff and Vale UHB with 29.
Hywel Dda had 20 Covid patients, Swansea Bay University Health Board had 10 and Velindre University Trust and Powys Teaching Health Board had no patients.
As of July 26, there were 27 people in invasive ventilated beds in Wales with coronavirus. There were 10 in Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, seven in Hywel Dda and six in Aneurin Bevan UHB. There were two each in Cwm Taf Morgannwg and Cardiff and Vale UHB and none in the other health board areas.
As at 10pm yesterday, 2,291,418 people in Wales had received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 2,023,733 people had received both doses of the jab. That means four out of every five adults in Wales are now fully immunised.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 14,105 (98.1%)
- Care home workers: 35,465 (93.2%)
- 80 years and older: 163,626 (96.1%)
- Healthcare workers: 137,428 (96.4%)
- Social care workers: 45,661 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 127,936 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,915 (96.2%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,840 (94.7%)
- 65-69 years: 171,090 (95%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 317,548 (89.6%)
- 60-64 years: 191,561 (93.3%)
- 55-59 years: 213,523 (91.5%)
- 50-54 years: 204,353 (89.5%)
- 40-49 years: 331,854 (84.1%)
- 30-39 years: 324,402 (76.1%)
- 18-29 years: 359,317 (74.5%)
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 13,661 (95%)
- Care home workers: 33,903 (89.1%)
- 80 years and older: 160,968 (94.5%)
- Healthcare workers: 133,374 (93.5%)
- Social care workers: 44,794 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,493 (95.8%)
- 70-74 years: 174,214 (95.3%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,810 (92.2%)
- 65-69 years: 168,631 (93.6%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 299,603 (84.6%)
- 60-64 years: 187,892 (91.5%)
- 55-59 years: 208,090 (89.1%)
- 50-54 years: 197,364 (86.5%)
- 40-49 years: 304,532 (77.2%)
- 30-39 years: 265,544 (62.3%)
- 18-29 years: 222,507 (46.1%)
Infection rate for every 100,000 people in each area for the seven days (July 16 to July 23):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 90.2 (unchanged)
Newport: 141.6 (down from 154.5)
Caerphilly: 108.2 (up from 107.1)
Torfaen: 138.4 (down from 149)
Monmouthshire: 130 (down from 133.2)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 318.3 (down from 325.9)
Anglesey: 98.5 (down from 102.8)
Gwynedd: 93.9 (down from 96.3)
Denbighshire: 423.2 (down from 455.6)
Flintshire: 245.4 (down from 251.1)
Wrexham: 259.6 (up from 258.2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 147.7 (down from 153.7)
Vale of Glamorgan: 113 (down from 122.8)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 154.2 (down from 175.7)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 148.8 (down from 154.2)
Bridgend: 205.4 (down from 227.8)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 77.9 (down from 91.1)
Pembrokeshire: 96.2 (down from 104.1)
Ceredigion: 112.8 (down from 116.9)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 174.4 (down from 182.7)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 99.1 (unchanged)
Swansea: 121.9 (down from 125.1)
Wales total: 156.9 (down from164.4)
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Wales has now been at alert level one for 11 days and, provided the public health situation allows it, will move into alert level zero on August 7. From that date, there will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. All premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed.
Also from August 7, masks will not need to be worn in hospitality settings but will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport.
It means Wales is following a very similar timetable to Scotland which is set to lift all restrictions from August 9.
Wales is now full in alert level one, which means:
- Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
- Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing
- Ice rinks can re-open
- Groups of up to 30 can visit children’s residential activity centres
Wales’ First Minister has also confirmed that people who have who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate if they are returning from an amber list country, in line with the position in England and Scotland.
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