Two more people in Wales have died with coronavirus and 95 new positive cases have been identified.
The latest data published by Public Health Wales on Saturday, April 3, recorded 95 new positive cases to bring the total number since the outbreak began to 209,627. The overall number of people to have died in the country within a month of testing positive for the virus has risen to 5,511.
The infection rate across Wales is now 31.3 per 100,000 people, based on the seven days up to March 29 a drop from 35 on Thursday. No data was published by Public Health Wales on Good Friday, April 2. No data will be published on Easter Sunday.
All 22 local authorities now have seven-day case rates below 100 per 100,000. Meanwhile the percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now 2.4%, way below the key benchmark of 5%. The latest figures also show that 1,472,643 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 463,445 have had both doses.
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Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
Care home residents: 15,101 (97.1%) Care home workers: 33, 758 (88.8%) Healthcare workers: 131,638 (92.2%) Social care workers: 44,011 (no percentage available) 80 years and older: 166,524 (95%) 75-79 years: 127,486 (95.6%) 70-74 years: 174,646 (95.1%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 74,925 (91.9%) 65-69 years: 167,822 (93%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 285,275 (81.1%) 60-64 years: 184,004 (89.5) 55-59 years: 191,208 (81.9%) 50-54 years: 143,185 (62.9%)
Deaths reported today: 2 Cases reported today: 95 (down from 188 on Thursday )
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,511 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,472,643 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 463,445
Cardiff was the area with the highest number of new cases confirmed on Thursday with 13, followed by Gwynedd with 11 and Swansea with 10.
All other local authorities reported below double figures including RCT with eight, Wrexham with 8, Flintshire with six while Powys, Pembrokshire, Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly all had four.
Newport, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire reported three each and Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Ceredigion and Neath Port Talbot reported two.
The Vale of Glamorgan and Conwy had one each while Blaenau Gwent, Anglesey and Bridgend recorded no new cases.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 23 to March 29):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Blaenau Gwent: 20 (down from 35.8)
Newport: 27.2 (down from 35.6)
Caerphilly: 24.9 (unchanged)
Torfaen: 23.4 (down from 26.6 )
Monmouthshire: 15.9 (down from 25.4)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Conwy: 31.6 (down from 37.5)
Anglesey: 82.8 (down from 97.1)
Gwynedd: 57.8 (up from 56.2)
Denbighshire: 38.7 (down from 39.7)
Flintshire: 23.1 (down from 32)
Wrexham: 21.3 (up from 20.6)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff: 32.7 (up from 30.5)
Vale of Glamorgan: 18.0 (down 21.7)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Merthyr Tydfil: 66.3 (down from 97.8)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 17.7 (down from 19.1)
Bridgend: 13.6 (down from 15.6)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 15.9 (down from 22.8)
Pembrokeshire: 27.0 (up from 19.9)
Ceredigion: 11.0 (up from 4.1)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 9.8 (down from 13.6)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 57.9 (down from 62.8)
Swansea: 63.6 (down 71.7)
Wales total: 31.3 (down from35)
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.”
From April 12:
schools can fully re-open to all pupils following the Easter break while 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 and online learning for all students all remaining non-essential shops can re-open close contact services like massage therapists and tattooists can open again and this includes mobile services travel into and out of Wales from the United Kingdom and Common Travel area (the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland) is once again permitted but travel to any other country requires a reasonable excuse, such as work or compassionate grounds viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment outdoor canvassing for elections can begin driving lessons can resume
From April 26:
outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, would be allowed to re-open hospitality can resume outdoor service including at cafes, pubs, and restaurants but indoor hospitality will remain restricted
From May 3:
organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can take place weddings receptions can take place outdoors but will also be limited to 30 people
From May 10:
gyms, leisure centres, and fitness facilities can re-open. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
extended households will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors
NB. The next review will take place on May 13 led by the next Welsh Government but “preparations will be made to allow the following relaxations to be considered”.
From May 17:
Wales would enter alert level three children’s indoor activities would be able to resume community centres would be able to re-open organised indoor activities for adults, including exercise classes, would be allowed to resume limited to a maximum of 15 people
After May 17 consideration will be given to enabling indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation to re-open “in advance of” the spring bank holiday on May 31.
All changes remain subject to public health conditions continuing to remain favourable.
PHW said coronavirus data will not be published on the dashboard or a daily statement on Good Friday (April 2) or Easter Sunday (April 4).
It is therefore likely that the daily figures produced on Monday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 6 will be around double the usual 24-hour figure.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “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.
“Ahead of the Easter weekend we remind the general public that it is very important that everyone remembers 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 practising hand hygiene, keeping 2m apart from people that you don’t live with, and wearing a mask in indoor environments.”