Wales has reported no new coronavirus deaths in the latest figures released on Wednesday.

New data published by Public Health Wales (PHW) reported a further 62 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 210,577 since the pandemic began.

The total number of lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths in Wales remains at 5,533.

The infection rate across Wales now stands at 17.6 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days leading up to April 9, a slight rise from 17.4 on Tuesday.

All of Wales’ local authorities are now reporting fewer than 35 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days up to April 9, but Swansea and Cardiff have the highest rates at 32.4 and 31.3 respectively.

Meanwhile the percentage of tests coming back with positive results is now down to 1.9%, significantly below the key benchmark of 5%.

The latest figures also show that 1,621,282 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 549,193 people have had both doses. Earlier this week Wales became the first UK nation to give a first dose of a vaccine to more than half its population.

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

Key details

Deaths reported today: Zero Cases reported today: 62 (Down from 69 on Tuesday)
Total deaths with lab-confirmed coronavirus in Wales: 5,533 Total number of people who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine: 1,621,282 Total number of people who have received a two-dose course of Covid-19 vaccine: 549,193

Cardiff reported the most cases on Wednesday with 12 followed by Swansea with eight, RCT with seven, Flintshire with six and Gwynedd with five.

Wrexham had four new cases, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan had three, Conwy, Denbighshire, Merthyr Tydfil and Neath Port Talbot had two, while Anglesey, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire all had one.

Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Ceredigion and Powys all had no new cases.

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

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Blaenau Gwent: 20 (unchanged)

Newport: 17.5 (up from 16.8)

Caerphilly: 10.5 (up from 9.4)

Torfaen: 10.6 (down from 11.7)

Monmouthshire: 1.1 (unchanged)

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Conwy: 11.9 (down from 12.8)

Anglesey: 28.6 (unchanged)

Gwynedd: 28.1 (up from 24.1)

Denbighshire: 7.3 (down from 9.4)

Flintshire: 14.7 (up from 11.5)

Wrexham: 15.4 (unchanged)

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cardiff: 31.3 (down from 31.6)

Vale of Glamorgan: 12.7 (down from 14.2)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Merthyr Tydfil: 9.9 (down from 11.6)

Rhondda Cynon Taf: 18.2 (unchanged)

Bridgend: 10.9 (up from 10.2)

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Carmarthenshire: 9.5 (up from 6.9)

Pembrokeshire: 11.1 (up from 10.3)

Ceredigion: 5.5 (unchanged)

Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys: 14.3 (up from 12.1)

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Neath Port Talbot: 14.7 (down from 19.5)

Swansea: 32.4 (down from 32.8)

Wales total: 17.6 (up from17.4)

On Monday a number of lockdown restrictions were eased in Wales including:

All children and post-16 learners can return to face-to-face education. Training centres and university campuses can open for blended face to face learning for all students; All remaining shops can reopen, and all close contact services including mobile services can resume; Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment, and outdoor canvassing for elections can begin; Travel restrictions on travelling into and out of Wales are lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse remain in place.

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Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “While this easing of restrictions following the declining number of positive cases is welcome, we would remind the general public that coronavirus is still circulating in our communities and a large number of people have not been fully vaccinated.

“It is therefore vital that people observe social distancing, where face coverings when in indoor spaces, and wash hands regularly. These actions will help to prevent transmission of the virus.

“As schools return please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have coronavirus.

“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay indoors, even if they are in the same bubble at school. We need to continue to limit the numbers of people we meet socially to minimise spread of the virus.

“Welsh Government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with. Currently a maximum of six people from two households can meet outdoors, including in private gardens. Please continue to work from home if at all possible.”

The Welsh Government also announced last week that gyms and leisure centres will be able to open from May 3 – instead of 10 May – while two households can “bubble up” to meet indoors from the same date. Wedding receptions outdoors for up to 30 people will be allowed from April 26, also moving forward a week.

Starting on Saturday, April 17, Public Health Wales will no longer be publishing coronavirus data or a daily statement on its website on Saturdays.

A spokeswoman said: “Coronavirus is with us to stay, and the way we report data must be sustainable. No other communicable disease is subject to daily reporting, and we are bringing our coronavirus dashboard further in-line with routine communicable disease reporting. Our surveillance team will retain the ability to ramp back up to seven day reporting if necessary.”


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