A further 15 people in Wales have died having tested positive for coronavirus, the latest statistics published on Sunday afternoon have confirmed.
The figures published by Public Health Wales reveal that 394 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period – down from the 400 which were reported on Saturday – bringing the total since the outbreak of the pandemic to 199,155.
The number of people to have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,121.
The infection rate across Wales is currently 95.1 per 100,000 population, based on the seven days up to February 9, a decrease from 98.7 on Saturday. It is the lowest it has been since September.
The latest data also shows that 771,651 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up from the figure of 749,445 published 24 hours earlier. Meanwhile, 4,573 people have now received both doses of the vaccine.
Uptake of the first dose by priority group (according to PHW):
80 years and older: 163,204 (89.3%) Aged 75-79 years: 120,958 (89.9%) Aged 70-74 years: 162,830 (88.3%) Care home residents: 14,166 (81.4%) Care home workers: 34,903 (84.3%) Healthcare workers: 119,613 (percentage not given)
Deaths reported today: 15 Cases reported today: 394 (down from 400) Number of tests carried out: 11,275 (down from 12,932) Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,121 Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 771,651 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 4,573
Wrexham remains the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 169.9 cases per 100,000 population, down from 186.1 on Saturday.
Flintshire is in second with a seven-day rate of 146.7 cases per 100,000 population, which is down from 161.4 when compared with the day before.
Conwy has the third highest rate with 120.3 cases per 100,000, down from 127.1 on the previous day.
Cardiff reported the most new cases in the latest 24-hour period with 55, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf with 35, Gwynedd with 33, Swansea with 32, and Carmarthenshire with 27.
All other local authorities reported less than 20 cases including Caerphilly with 19, Flintshire with 18, Wrexham with 17, Conwy and Powys with 14, Newport with 13, Bridgend with 11, and Vale of Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot and Monmouthshire, all of which reported 10 new cases.
Six local authorities reported single figures – Pembrokeshire and Torfaen with nine, Denbighshire with eight, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil with seven, and Ceredigion with four.
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 13.9% of tests have come back positive in the last week.
Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 3 to February 9):
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Newport: 103.4 (up from 100.2 )
Torfaen: 103.2 down (from 114.9)
Caerphilly: 91.7 (up from 90.0)
Monmouthshire: 59.2 (down from 65.5)
Blaenau Gwent: 93.0 (same as previous day)
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Wrexham: 169.9 (down from 186.1)
Flintshire: 146.7 (down from 161.4)
Denbighshire: 70.0 (down from 76.3)
Gwynedd: 87.5 (down from 89.9)
Conwy: 120.3 (down from 127.1)
Anglesey: 108.5 (down from 144.2)
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Vale of Glamorgan: 104.8 (down from 105.5)
Cardiff: 99.8 (up from 93.5)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Bridgend: 69.9 (down from 70.0)
Merthyr Tydfil: 82.9 (down from 94.5)
Rhondda Cynon Taf: 97.4 (down from 109.4)
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthenshire: 81.6 (down from 87.9)
Ceredigion: 27.5 (down from 33.0)
Pembrokeshire: 46.9 (same as previous day)
Powys Teaching Health Board
Powys: 120.1 (up from 107.2)
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Neath Port Talbot: 85.1 (down from 88.6)
Swansea: 70.9 (up from 67.2)
Wales total – 95.1 (down from 98.7)
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Dr Giri Shanka, incident director for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “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.
“We encourage everyone, whatever their background, socio-demographic and ethnicity, to have the Coronavirus vaccine when they are offered it. We also stress the importance of seeking information from a trusted source such as Public Health Wales, the Welsh Government, local health board or GP.
“We continue to work to identify and investigate cases of variant Coronavirus in Wales. To date, 13 cases of the South Africa variant have been identified in Wales. Multi-agency investigations continue into two separate cases that do not have clear links to international travel. There are no cases of the variants associated with Brazil.”
“The UK variant of Coronavirus prevalent in many parts of Wales is up to 70 per cent more transmissible, and as reported recently there is evidence which suggests that it may lead to a higher risk of death than the non-variant. Public Health Wales welcomes the recent evidence that the ChadOx1 (AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine Group) vaccine is effective against the UK variant.
“Under current UK Coronavirus restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not leave home or travel, including internationally, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so.
“If you are due to travel out of the UK, please be aware of the changing situation and keep an eye on the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for up to date details.
“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 gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19.”