A further 16 people in Wales have died having tested positive for coronavirus, the latest statistics published on Monday have confirmed.

The figures from Public Health Wales reveal that 363 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period – down from the 394 which were reported on Sunday – bringing the total since the outbreak of the pandemic to 199,518.

The number of people to have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,137.

The infection rate across Wales is currently 91.6 per 100,000 population, based on the seven days up to February 10, a decrease from 95.1 on Sunday. It is the lowest it has been since September.

The latest data also shows that 784,809 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 13,158 from the figure of 771,651 published 24 hours earlier. Meanwhile, 5,402 people have now received both doses of the vaccine. 771,651

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

80 years and older: 163,415 (89.4%) Aged 75-79 years: 121,882 (90.6%) Aged 70-74 years: 164,972 (89.5%) Care home residents: 14,187 (81.6%) Care home workers: 35,165 (84.5%) Healthcare workers: 120,075 (percentage not given)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 16 Cases reported today: 363 (down from 394)
Number of tests carried out: 8,660 (down from 11,275)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,137 Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 784,809 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 5,402

Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 161.1 cases per 100,000 population, down from 169.9 on Sunday.

Flintshire is in second with a seven-day rate of 134.5 cases per 100,000 population, which is down from 146.7 when compared with the day before.

Powys has the third highest rate with 120.1 cases per 100,000, unchanged on the previous day.

Cardiff reported the most new cases in the latest 24-hour period with 47, followed Flintshire with 30, Caerphilly and Powys with 24, Pembrokeshire with 22, RCT with 21 and Swansea wirth 20.

All other local authorities reported less than 20 cases including Wrexham with 19, Neath Port Talbot with 18, Vale of Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire with 17, Anglesey with 15, Monmouthshire with 14, Newport and Bridgend with 12 and Torfaen with 10.

Four local authorities reported single figures – Conwy with eight, Blaenau Gwent with four, Denbighshire with two and Merthyr Tydfil with just one. Ceredigion reported no new positive cases on Monday.

Across Wales, the positivity rate of tests is down to 8.4% for the past seven-day period, which is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions. The highest rate is in Powys where 14% of tests have come back positive in the last week.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 4 to February 10):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Newport: 99.6 (down from 103.4)

Torfaen: 111.7 (up from 103.2)

Caerphilly: 87.8 (down from 91.7)

Monmouthshire: 52.9 (down from 59.2)

Blaenau Gwent: 94.5 (up from 93)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Wrexham: 161.1 (down from 169.9)

Flintshire: 134.5 (down from 146.7)

Denbighshire: 70 (unchanged)

Gwynedd: 78.7 (down from 87.5)

Conwy: 113.5 (down from 120.3)

Anglesey: 107.1 (down from 108.5)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Vale of Glamorgan: 81.6 (down from 104.8)

Cardiff: 101.1 (up from 99.8)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Bridgend: 55.8 (down from 69.9)

Merthyr Tydfil: 77.9 (down from 82.9)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 104.9 (up from 97.4)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 74.7 (down from 81.6)

Ceredigion: 24.8 (down from 27.5)

Pembrokeshire: 42.9 (down from 46.9)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 120.1 (unchanged)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 84.4 (down from 85.1)

Swansea: 70 (down from 70.9)

Wales total – 91.6 (down from 95.1)

Dr Giri Shanka, incident director for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “We welcome the news that the vaccination programme in Wales, carried out by Welsh Government and the local health boards, has reached the significant milestone of 20% of the population having had their first dose of the vaccination. This is a great achievement and is a big step towards ensuring the reduction of serious illness, and deaths, from coronavirus.

“Vaccinating the adult population of Wales, to protect people from severe disease, is a significant task and the vaccine will take time to reach everyone. The effects of the vaccines may not be seen nationally for some time and everyone – including those who have been vaccinated – must continue to follow the advice on keeping Wales safe.

“Although the data currently shows that on an all-Wales level the numbers of cases are reducing and that the incidence is now below 100 cases per 100,000 population, the rates in some areas – particularly in north Wales – are still at nearly double that, and there have been small increases in others.

“It is encouraging to see that the numbers of people being treated for coronavirus in our hospitals is reducing, but there are still a large number of people who are extremely ill, which means that the pressure on services is still very high.

“All of Wales remains in lockdown. We recognise that complying with the restrictions can be challenging, but coronavirus is still active in our communities and can cause severe illness and death. The reduction in the number of cases does not mean that people can meet people from other households (apart from one person for socially distanced exercise), as this can cause the virus to spread.

“As a nation, we have made so many sacrifices throughout the course of the pandemic that we really don’t want to squander the gains that have been made in recent weeks.”


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