A further six people have died in Wales with coronavirus and the overall infection rate and test positivity remain well below key Welsh Government benchmarks, Public Health Wales (PHW) figures show.

The latest daily update from PHW on Saturday, March 13 recorded 210 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 206,188.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,442.

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The infection rate across Wales is now 42 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to March 8, a slight increase on the figure of 41.1 reported on Friday and below the key Welsh Government benchmark of 50.

The percentage of tests coming back with positive results is also continuing to head in the right direction and is now below the key 5% benchmark at 4.2% in the last seven days.

The latest data also shows that Wales has administered another 27,542 first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and another 12,669 second doses.

It means more than 40,000 doses were administered on Friday, the highest number in any single day since the vaccine rollout began on December 8.

The data show that 1,084,329 people have now received the first dose and a further 250,026 have had both jabs.

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

Care home residents: 13,473 (95.4%) Care home workers: 31,982 (85.5%) Healthcare workers: 124,775 (88.7%) Social care workers: 39,899 80 years and older: 166,294 (94.4%) 75-79 years: 126,719 (95%) 70-74 years: 173,271 (94.3%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 72,410 (88.9%) 65-69 years: 161,901 (89.8%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 152,346 (45.4%) 60-64 years: 99,008 (48.2%) 55-59 years: 77,235 (33.2%) 50-54 years: 64,276 (28.3%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 6 Cases reported today: 210 (Up from 190)
Number of tests carried out: 12,289 (Down from 14,029)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,442 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,084,329 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 250,026

Cardiff saw the highest number of new cases reported on Saturday with 29, followed by Swansea with 20, Caerphilly with 17, Merthyr Tydfil with 15 and the Vale of Glamorgan and Flintshire both with 14.

Meanwhile Gwynedd had 10, Newport, Anglesey, RCT and Carmarthenshire all had nine, Conwy had eight, Powys had seven and Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot had six each.

Wrexham and Monmouthshire had five new cases, Denbighshire had four, Torfaen had two and Pembrokeshire had one. Ceredigion reported no new cases.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 2 to March 8 ):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Torfaen: 20.2 (Down from 22.3)

Caerphilly: 55.2 (Up from 51.4)

Newport: 44.0 (Down from 48.5)

Monmouthshire: 19.0 (Down from 20.1)

Blaenau Gwent: 41.5 (Up from 37.2)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 73.4 (Up from 68.3)

Anglesey: 87.1 (Up from 77.1)

Gwynedd: 69.8 (Up from 65.0)

Denbighshire: 39.7 (Down from 43.9)

Flintshire: 62.8 (Up from 57.0)

Wrexham: 55.2 (Down from 66.2)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 38.4 (Up from 37.9)

Vale of Glamorgan: 32.2 (Uunchanged)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 131.04 (Up from 104.4)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 30.7 (Up from 29.0)

Bridgend: 23.1 (Down from 29.2)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 31.3 (Down from 36.0)

Pembrokeshire: 16.7 (Up from 12.7)

Ceredigion: 8.3 (Down from 9.6)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 37.0 (Down from 42.3)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 31.4 (Up from 28.6)

Swansea: 30.8 (Up from 29.2)

Wales total : 41.7 (Up from 41.1)

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On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the easing of lockdown restrictions in several areas:

The current “stay at home” rule in Wales will be lifted and replaced with “stay local”. Four people from two households will be able to meet outdoors to socialise including in gardens. Outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen Indoor care home visits can restart for single designated visitors All primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return from Monday. Schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners will return to colleges. There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break. Hairdressers and barbers will re-open for appointments from Monday. Non-essential retail will start re-opening gradually from March 22. Garden centres will also be able to open on that date. All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from April 12 – the same date as in England.

Mr Drakeford said: “The number of cases of coronavirus continues to fall overall; the pressure on our NHS is easing and our vaccine programme continues to go from strength to strength.

“But the very clear advice we have is that the virus has not gone away – the highly infectious Kent variant is the dominant strain in Wales and as soon as we start to mix again, the virus will come too.

“With every step we take to return to a more normal life, we are responsible for what happens next. While we will welcome more freedom to move around locally and meet with family and friends, we cannot afford to let down our guard.”

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Welsh Government has announced a phased approach to easing lockdown, starting with moving to a stay local requirement.

“From today, four people from two households can meet outdoors and outdoor sports facilities can open.

“Indoor care home visits, by one designated visitor for each resident, can restart from today. Access to visits will depend on the circumstances of the visits and individual care homes will be able to provide information on how these visits can be facilitated.

“On Monday, March 15, all primary school pupils and students in years 11 and 13 will return to school, and schools also have the flexibility to bring back years 10 and 12.

“In addition, hairdressers and barbers can open from Monday for haircuts by appointment only.

“The weekly incidence of Covid-19 infections is now below 50 cases per 100,000 population in more than half of the local authorities in Wales, with the overall rate at 41.4 cases per 100,000.

“This does vary between local authority areas and therefore we remind the public that Level 4 restrictions are still in place. You should stay at home, work from home if you can, wear a face covering where required, wash your hands regularly and stay two metres from anyone you do not live with.”

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