Twenty-four more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and nearly 250 new positive cases have been identified.

Figures from Public Health Wales published on Saturday reveal that 247 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the latest 24-hour period, compared to 198 on Saturday. This brings the total since the start of the pandemic to 203,625.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,340.

The infection rate across Wales is now 67.0 cases per 100,000 population based on the seven days up to February 23, a drop on 71.6 cases reported on Saturday. Infection rates have reduced to levels not seen since September.

The latest data also shows that 923,615 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, up 7,279 from the figure of 916,336 published 24 hours earlier. On Wednesday the health minister announced that all adults in Wales will be offered a Covid-19 vaccine by July 31.

Meanwhile, 96,408 people have now received both doses of the vaccine, a rise from 89,053 on Saturday.

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

80 years and older: 166,797 (91.2%) Aged 75-79 years: 125,776 (93.4%) Aged 70-74 years: 171,652 (93.0%) Care home residents: 15,157 (86.0%) Care home workers: 33,005 (83.5%) Healthcare workers: 126,068 (86.3%) Extremely clinically vulnerable: 67,828 (87.7%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 24 Cases reported today: 247 (Up from 198)
Number of tests carried out: 10,226 (Down from 11,909)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,340 Total number of people who have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 923,615 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 96,408

Torfaen has become the local authority with the highest infection rate in Wales with a seven-day rate of 89.4 cases per 100,000, down from 92.6 on Saturday.

Conwy is the second highest at 87.9 cases, down from 94.7 the day before.

Caerphilly ranks third with a seven-day rate of 85.0 per 100,000 population, up from 82.8 on day earlier.

In terms of new cases reported in the last 24 hours, Caerphilly is highest with 33, followed by Gwynedd and Cardiff with 21, Conwy with 20, Torfaen with 15, Powys and Neath Port Talbot with 14 each, Swansea with 12 and Newport, Wrexham and Flintshire with 10.

Meanwhile, Carmarthenshire had nine new cases, while Anglesey and Bridgend had eight; Rhondaa Cynon Taf had seven; Vale of Glamorgan, Denbighshire and and Merthyr Tydfil had five; Ceredigion had four; Monmouthshire had three; and Blaenau Gwent and Pembrokeshire had two.

Across Wales the positivity rate of tests is 6.3% for the past seven-day period, down from 6.6%. This is below a key Welsh Government threshold for easing lockdown restrictions.

The highest rate is in Flintshire where 7.9% of tests have come back positive in the last week.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (February 17 to February 23):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Torfaen: 89.4 (Down from 92.6)

Caerphilly: 85.0 (Up from 82.8)

Newport: 81.5 (Unchanged)

Monmouthshire: 56.0 (Up from 52.9

Blaenau Gwent: 48.7 (Down from 54.4)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 87.9 (Down from 91.3)

Anglesey: 82.8 (Down from 95.7)

Gwynedd: 79.5 (Down from 84.3)

Denbighshire: 77.3 (Down from 83.6)

Flintshire: 75.0 (Down from 88.4)

Wrexham: 66.2 (Unchanged)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 81.2 (Down from 91.3)

Vale of Glamorgan: 53.1 (Down from 59.1)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 63.0 (Down from 68.0)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 54.3 (Down from 61.3)

Bridgend: 44.9 (Down from 45.6)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 59.9 (Down from 62.5)

Pembrokeshire: 42.9 (Down from 48.5)

Ceredigion: 23.4 (Up from 19.3)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 68.0 (Down from 82.3)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 62.1 (Up from 58.6)

Swansea: 49.4 (Down from 55.1)

Wales total : 67.0 (Down from 71.6)

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Dr Eleri Davies, Incident Director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “It was one year ago today, on 28 February 2020 that the first case of coronavirus was announced in Wales. I am pleased to report that one year later, as of Saturday 27 February 2021, Wales has now delivered more than 1 million first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Furthermore, as of yesterday, 27 February 2021, the weekly incidence of Covid-19 infections in all local authority areas throughout Wales has fallen below 100 cases per 100,000 population. This is encouraging, but we must continue following the rules and guidelines to maintain this trend.

“The public should be aware that the level 4 restrictions remain in place in order to keep infection rates falling and that you should stay at home, meet only the people you live with, work from home if you can, wear a face covering where required, wash your hands regularly and stay 2 metres from anyone you do not live with.

“We remind everyone that four people from two different households are now able to meet outdoors for socially distanced local exercise. However, please remember this is solely for the purpose of exercise and that individuals should remain at a social distance, and that this guidance doesn’t apply to private gardens.

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“Welsh Government has announced that the revised vaccine strategy will mean that every eligible adult in Wales will be offered a first dose by the end of July. In addition, adults with severe or profound learning disabilities, and those with any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, will be invited for vaccination as part of the JCVI priority group six, and Welsh Government has published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“Welsh Government also announced an expansion of workplace and community testing, with workplaces with more than 50 employees now eligible for support to regularly test their workforce, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and allowing them to operate safely.

“As primary school children aged three to seven years in foundation phase returned to face-to-face learning this week, we thank parents for their perseverance during the winter.

“We need your continued support to control the spread of coronavirus, so please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have coronavirus. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.

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