A further 10 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 Sunday, March 14 recorded 217 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 206,405.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,452.

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The infection rate across Wales is now 39 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to March 9, a drop from the figure of 42 reported on Saturday and well 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 3.9% in the last seven days.

The latest data also shows that Wales has administered another 29,169 first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and another 7,372 second doses.

The data show that 1,113,498 people have now received the first dose and a further 257,452 have had both jabs.

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

Care home residents: 13,453 (95.5%) Care home workers: 32,079 (85.7%) Healthcare workers: 125,083 (88.8%) Social care workers: 40,091 80 years and older: 166,250 (94.5%) 75-79 years: 126,748 (95%) 70-74 years: 173,343 (94.4%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 72,675 (89.2%) 65-69 years: 162,990 (90.4%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 169,519 (50.4%) 60-64 years: 110,455 (53.8%) 55-59 years: 81,132 (34.8%) 50-54 years: 68,102 (30.0%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: 10 Cases reported today: 217 (Up from 210)
Number of tests carried out: 11,099 (Down from 12,289)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,452 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,113,498 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 257,398

Anglesey saw the highest number of new cases reported on Sunday with 19, followed by Caerphilly, Conwy, Flintshire, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil with 15 each, Newport, the Vale of Glamorgan and Swansea all with 14, Gwynedd with 13 and Carmarthenshire with 11.

Meanwhile Rhondda Cynon Taf had 10 new cases, Blaenau Gwent, Denbighshire, Powys and Neath Port Talbot all had seven, Torfaen had six, Wrexham had three and Bridgend and Pembrokeshire both had two each.

Monmouthshire and Ceredigion reported no new cases.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 3 to March 9 ):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Torfaen: 23.4 (up from 20.2)

Caerphilly: 53.6 (down from 55.2)

Newport: 42.0 (down from 44.0)

Monmouthshire: 15.9 (down from 19.0)

Blaenau Gwent: 40.1 (down from 41.5)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 73.4 (unchanged)

Anglesey: 84.2 (down from 87.1)

Gwynedd: 66.6 (down from 69.8)

Denbighshire: 38.7 (down from 39.7)

Flintshire: 60.2 (down from 62.8)

Wrexham: 50.8 (down from 55.2)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 33.5 (down from 38.4)

Vale of Glamorgan: 26.2 (down from 32.2)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 126.0 (down from 131.4)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 28.6 (down from 30.7)

Bridgend: 20.4 (down from 23.1)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 26.0 (down from 31.3)

Pembrokeshire: 14.3 (down from 16.7)

Ceredigion: 6.9 (down from 8.3)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 34.7 (down from 37.0)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 32.1 (up from 31.4)

Swansea: 32.0 (up from 30.8)

Wales total : 39.3 (down from 41.7)

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

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 Robin Howe, 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.

“Four people from two households can now meet outdoors and outdoor sports facilities can open.

“Indoor care home visits, by one designated visitor for each resident, can now restart. 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.

“Tomorrow, 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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