Hospitalisations due to coronavirus in Gwent have fallen by almost two thirds since last month, data has revealed.
Between April 4 and April 10, there were an average of 39 patients in hospital in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area confirmed to have, or suspected to have, coronavirus or are recovering from the virus.
The data shows a sharp decrease in the number of Covid-related patients in the health board’s hospitals in a single month period.
In the seven days to March 10, there were an average of 109 patients with Covid-related patients in Aneurin Bevan hospitals.
This month, hospitalisations fell to their lowest point on April 6 when 33 patients were being treated for Covid-19. On that day, Aneurin Bevan staff admitted 3 patients with coronavirus.
The last time the number of patients being treated for Covid-19 in Aneurin Bevan hospitals was this low was in late September 2020.
At its peak on December 29, the health board had 680 Covid-related patients within its hospitals.
Public Health Wales’ daily update on Monday, April 12 showed that the infection rate across Wales has now fallen to 17.5 cases per 100,000 of population based on the seven days up to April 7, a drop from the figure of 17.6 reported on Sunday.
Infection rates in counties within the Aneurin Bevan health board area currently range from 2.1 per 100,000 people (Monmouthshire) to 15.7 per 100,000 people (Blaenau Gwent).
As of April 12, Monmouthshire is the area with the lowest infection rate in the whole of the country,
Cases per 100,000 people in the Aneurin Bevan health board area based on seven-day rolling average (April 1 to April 7):
Blaenau Gwent: 15.7 (up from 12.9)
Newport: 14.2 (unchanged)
Caerphilly: 12.1 (up from 11)
Torfaen: 14.9 (down from 16)
Monmouthshire: 2.1 (unchanged)
On Monday a number of restrictions were eased across 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.
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.”