The seven day rolling coronavirus rate has fallen below 30 for the first time since the start of the second wave.

Eight more people in Wales have died with coronavirus and 189 new positive cases have been identified.

Data was not published on Easter Sunday so the figures for cases and deaths cover a 48-hour period.

Today’s figures published by Public Health Wales on Monday, April 5, show the total number of cases diagnosed in Wales since the outbreak began to 209,816.

The total number of people to have died in Wales within a month of testing positive for the virus has risen to 5,519.

The infection rate across Wales is now 28.1 per 100,000 people, based on the seven days up to March 31 a drop from 31.3 on Saturday.

This is the first time it has been below 30 cases for every 100k people in the last week since September 9 last year.

All but two of Wales’ 22 local authorities now have seven-day case rates below 50 per 100,000. Meanwhile the percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now 2.5%, way below the key benchmark of 5%.

The latest figures also show that 1,490,372 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 467,683 have had both doses.

Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):

Care home residents: 15,102 (97.1%) Care home workers: 33, 78 (88.9%) Healthcare workers: 131,616 (92.7%) Social care workers: 44,110 (no percentage available) 80 years and older: 166,533 (95%) 75-79 years: 127,493 (95.6%) 70-74 years: 174,665 (95.1%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,944 (92%) 65-69 years: 167,849 (93.1%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 285,822 (81.3%) 60-64 years: 184,155 (89.6%) 55-59 years: 195,519 (83.7%) 50-54 years: 152,479 (67%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 8 Cases reported today: 189 (up from 95 on Saturday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,519 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,490,372 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 467,683

Cardiff was the area with the highest number of new cases confirmed with 47, followed by Swansea who which had 22.

Neath Port Talbot had 15 and RCT had 14.

Flintshire had 6 and Anglesey and Newport had 5. Wrexham, Gwynedd and Caerphilly had 8 each and Carmarthenshire had 10

Pembrokeshire had 3 and Merthyr 4 new cases whereas Conwy has 3, Vale of Glamorgan 7 and Torfaen 5. Anglesey also had 5.

Blaenau Gwent had 2, Monmouthshire and Bridgend both had 2 and Powys has 4.

The lowest area is Ceredigion with 1.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 25 to March 31):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 16 (down from 20)

Newport: 23.9 (down from 27.2)

Caerphilly: 17.1 (down from 24.9)

Torfaen: 22.3 (down from 23.4)

Monmouthshire: 14.8 (down from 15.9)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 22.2 (down from 31.6)

Anglesey: 51.4 (down from 82.8)

Gwynedd: 55.4 (up from 57.8)

Denbighshire: 35.1 (down from 38.7)

Flintshire: 23.1 (unchanged)

Wrexham: 24.3 (up from 21.3)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 38.7 (up from 32.7)

Vale of Glamorgan: 17.2 (down 18.0)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 48.1 (down from 66.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 17.4 (down from 17.7)

Bridgend: 9.5 (down from 13.6)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 17.5 (up from 15.9)

Pembrokeshire: 23.0 (down from 27.0)

Ceredigion: 12.4 (up from 11.0)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 9.8 (unchanged)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 48.1 (down from 57.9)

Swansea: 49 (down 63.6)

Wales total: 28.1 (down from 31.3)

On Thursday, the Welsh Government set out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into alert level 3 by May 17.

All children and students in Wales will return to face-to-face learning on Monday, April 12, while all remaining non-essential retail and close contact services will be allowed to reopen on the same date.

Subject to public health conditions, outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality will reopen – including at cafes, pubs and restaurants – on Monday, April 26.

Then by early May, plans include allowing organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people to take place, and for gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities to reopen for individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable, and the vaccination programme continues apace. As a result, the Welsh Government has the headroom to continue its careful, step-by-step approach to relaxing restrictions.

“The review we have concluded this week, means we can continue with our programme of further re-opening of the economy and loosening the restrictions in place.”

It is important to bear in mind that no data was published yesterday because it was Easter Sunday.

It is therefore likely that the daily figures produced on today and Tuesday, April 6 will be around double the usual 24-hour figure.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said:

“Mirroring arrangements at Christmas time, we did not publish Coronavirus data on our dashboard on Good Friday (2 April) or on Easter Sunday (4 April). We anticipated that the reported case numbers produced on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 April 2021 would therefore be around double the usual 24 hour figure.

“The reported case numbers for Monday 5 April, which cover the 48 hour period up to 9am on Saturday 3 April, has followed the anticipated trend.

“The Welsh Government has announced a series of measures over the coming months which will take Wales into Alert Level 3 by 17 May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

“On 12 April, all children will return to face to face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education, and training centres and university campuses will be able to open for blended face to face learning for all students.

“On the same day, all remaining shops can reopen, and all close contact services including mobile services can resume.

“In addition, travel restrictions on travelling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place.

“Also on 12 April, viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment, and outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

“This slight easing of Covid lockdown rules is encouraging, however while the number of cases is declining overall, there are still several areas which have significantly higher rates.

“Over the Easter break we remind the general public that that Coronavirus has not gone away, and that there is still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated. It is therefore vital that we all maintain constant vigilance, by keeping 2m apart from people that you don’t live with, practising hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in indoor environments.

“Welsh Government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with.

“If you are contacted by your local TTP team then it is important that you are truthful with them about where you have been and who you have met. They are not there to judge, they are there to help prevent ongoing transmission of the virus and to protect the community.

“If you are asked to self-isolate by your local TTP team then please ensure that you do so for the full ten days – this will help break any chains of transmission.

“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, social demographic and ethnicity, to have the vaccine when they are offered it.

“We need your continued support to control the spread of Coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have Coronavirus. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.

“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay indoors, even if they are in the same bubble at school. We need to continue to limit the numbers of people we meet socially to minimise spread of the virus. Currently a maximum of four people from two households living locally can meet outdoors, including in private gardens.

“Make sure your child understands the importance of washing their hands regularly.

“Coronavirus cases by variant in Wales are reported on the UK Government website. The dominant strain in Wales is the Kent variant, and there is currently no evidence of widespread community transmission of other Variants of Concern in Wales.

“Restrictions on UK and international travel remain in place. More information on current travel guidance is available on the Welsh Government website.

“The red list of travel ban countries has been extended, and Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines will be added from 4am Friday 9 April.

“If you arrive in the UK from these places before 4am Friday 9 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

“If you arrive in the UK from these places after 4am Friday 9 April, you must stay in your quarantine hotel for your 10-day quarantine period and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.

“If you or a member of your household develop a cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate immediately and book a free Coronavirus test, either by calling 119 or by visiting www.gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19. Please check your local health board’s website to see if there are additional symptoms that require a test.”



Source link