Another seven people have died in Wales after testing positive for coronavirus.

According to the latest data published by Public Health Wales on Saturday, March 27, there have been 201 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, which brings the total number of people to have tested positive for coronavirus in the country since the outbreak began to 208,895.

The total number of people to have died in Wales within a month of testing positive now stands at 5,505.

The infection rate across the whole of Wales is currently 38.5 per 100,000 people, based on the seven days up to March 22 – the same as it was on Friday. Meanwhile the percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now 3% – below the key benchmark of 5%.

In terms of vaccinations the latest figures show that 1,365,355 people have received a first dose of a Covid vaccine and 400,743 people have had both doses.

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

Care home residents: 12,770 (96.2%) Care home workers: 37,850 (88.1%) Healthcare workers: 142,364 (91.2%) Social care workers: no data 80 years and older: 175,489 (94.9%) 75-79 years: 133,356 (95.5%) 70-74 years: 183,731 (94.9%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 81,607 (91.3%) 65-69 years: 180,391 (92.7%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 350,070 (76.5%) 60-64 years: 205,588 (86.7%) 55-59 years: 233,472 (67.1%) 50-54 years: 227,769 (44.4%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: Seven Cases reported today: 201 (up from 190) Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,505 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,365,355 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 400,743

Swansea was the county with the highest number of new cases in the most recent 24-hour period (up to Friday morning) with 21, followed by Cardiff with 19, Gwynedd with 17, Denbighshire with 15, Newport with 14, Caerphilly with 13, Anglesey and Merthyr Tydfil with 12, Neath Port Talbot with 11, and Wrexham with 10.

The other counties all had fewer than 10 new cases including Vale of Glamorgan, Flintshire, and Conwy with seven, Torfaen and Rhondda Cynon Taf with six, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire with five, Monmouthshire with four, Powys with three, Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend with one, and Ceredigion with zero.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 16 to March 22):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 63.0 (down from 70.1)

Newport: 49.1 (down from (51.7)

Caerphilly: 40.3 (down from (44.7)

Torfaen: 19.2 (up from 17)

Monmouthshire: 20.1 (up from (12.7)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 51.2 (down from 52)

Anglesey: 98.5 (up from 91.4)

Gwynedd: 32.1 (unchanged)

Denbighshire: 21.9 (unchanged)

Flintshire: 62.1 (down from 63.4)

Wrexham: 24.3 (down from 29.4)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 33.8 (up from 32.7)

Vale of Glamorgan: 31.4 (down from 32.2)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 139.2 (up from 134.3)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 22.8 (up from 21.6)

Bridgend: 17.0 (up from 15)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 28.6 (up from 27.5)

Pembrokeshire: 24.6 (down from 27.8)

Ceredigion: 4.1 (down from 9.6)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 20.4 (up from 19.6)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 48.1 (down from 50.9)

Swansea: 53.8 (up from 51.4)

Wales total: 38.5 (unchanged)

The ongoing pandemic has been very challenging for almost everyone and unsurprisingly it’s led to some people seeing an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

The Samaritans has put together a series of tips for taking care of your mental health at the moment, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:

Making time for something you enjoy – whether it’s settling down with your favourite film, heading to your local park, or taking part in one of your hobbies or interests Taking a break from the news and social media to give yourself away from screens and devices Setting realistic goals for the day or week ahead and possibly breaking the things you need to do into a list of smaller tasks Trying relaxation exercises like controlled breathing or muscle relaxation Enjoying nature, whether that’s by getting out of the house or opening curtains and blinds to let natural light in. Plants and flowers can also be helpful Physical exercise can help reduce anxiety Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you’re feeling There’s help available if you need it

Mind Cymru infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. To contact them call 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).

C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website.

The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.

Dr Chris Williams, incident director for the coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “The Welsh Government has announced the lifting of the ‘stay local’ requirement from today, Saturday, March 27, and that self-contained holiday accommodation can open for those who live in Wales.

“People should stay within the borders of Wales unless for essential travel such as work or education.

“In addition six people from two households are able to meet outdoors, organised outdoors activities for children under 18 can resume, and libraries can re-open.

“This slight easing of Covid-19 lockdown rules is encouraging however we need to be very clear that coronavirus has not gone away. While the number of cases is declining overall there are still several areas which have higher rates and there are still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated. In order to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable, we must all stick to the rules.

“Everyone must 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.

“It is clear that coronavirus has not gone away. If you are contacted by your local Test, Trace, Protect (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 10 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.”


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