Six more people have died with coronavirus in Wales and the overall infection rate has remained unchanged.

The latest daily update from Public Health Wales (PHW) on Sunday, March 21 recorded 196 new positive cases in the last 24-hour period, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 207,842.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Wales within a month of a positive test now stands at 5,488.

The infection rate across Wales is now 42 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to March 14, which is unchanged from Saturday and still below the key Welsh Government benchmark of 50.

A rise in infection rates this week was caused primarily by outbreaks in some local authority areas including Merthyr Tydfil, Anglesey and Conwy. A new testing programme has been launched on Anglesey as a result.

The percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now below the key 5% benchmark at 3.6% in the last seven days.

The data show that 1,258,769 people have now received a first dose of the vaccine and a further 338,959 have had both jabs.

Dr Eleri Davies, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Isle of Anglesey County Council are working to offer additional coronavirus testing in Holyhead and Holy Island, including lateral flow tests for secondary school students and their linked households, and home-delivered PCR tests for local residents.

“This case-finding aims to find undetected infections to control and reduce the transmission in this area.

“While the level of infection across Wales has declined in recent weeks, there are still several areas which have significantly higher rates.

“It is vitally important that we don’t lose the substantial gains that have been made, and therefore I would like to send a clear message to everyone that coronavirus hasn’t gone away 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.”

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

Care home residents: 13,178 (96%) Care home workers: 32,759 (86.7%) Healthcare workers: 127,868 (89.9%) Social care workers: 42,109 80 years and older: 166,402 (94.7%) 75-79 years: 127,075 (95.3%) 70-74 years: 174,032 (94.7%) Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 73,756 (90.6%) 65-69 years: 166,259 (92.2%) Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 236,577 (68.2%) 60-64 years: 160,248 (78%) 55-59 years: 112,074 (48%) 50-54 years: 87,064 (38.2%)

Key details

Deaths reported today: Six Cases reported today: 196 (down from 208) Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,488 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,258,769 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 338,959

Swansea saw the highest number of new cases reported on Sunday with 27 followed by Cardiff with 22, Caerphilly with 19, Newport with 13, Merthyr Tydfil had 12 and Neath Port Talbot had 11.

All other local authorities had less than 10 new cases including Anglesey and Conwy with nine, Gwynedd and Powys with seven, Carmarthenshire with seven, Wrexham, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan all with five, Torfaen and Pembrokeshire with four, and Denbighshire with three. Ceredigion reported one new case.

Cases per 100,000 based on seven-day rolling average (March 10to March 16):

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 64.4(up from 60.1)

Newport: 53 (up from 51.3)

Caerphilly: 49.2 (up from 45.3)

Torfaen: 23.4 (down from 27.7)

Monmouthshire: 18.0 (up from 14.8)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 68.3 (up from 63.1)

Anglesey: 114.2 (unchanged)

Gwynedd: 51.4 (unchanged)

Denbighshire: 33.4 (down from 35.5)

Flintshire: 67.9 (up from 66.6)

Wrexham: 30.9 (down from 36)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 31.6 (down from 32.4)

Vale of Glamorgan: 46.7 (up from 41.9)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 129.3 (down from 131)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 26.1 (up from 25.7)

Bridgend: 17.7 (down from 19)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 36 (up from 32.3)

Pembrokeshire: 23.8 (up from 18.3)

Ceredigion: 11 (up from 9.6)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 20.4 (down from 24.2)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 41.9 (up from 39.8)

Swansea: 521.8 (down from 52.6)

Wales total: 42 (unchanged)

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